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Retirement Planning Deliberations – Because Planning Deliberately Pays Off

Think about what you’ve done to plan for your retirement. Go ahead. Give it some thought. Now imagine that your retirement begins… tomorrow. Are you ready? Have you done everything you should have done? If you’re wincing or your heart has ramped up its pace a bit, take a deep breath. Relax. Even if retirement is

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Making Goals Meaningful & Manageable

BY TOM KEATING Goal Guide allows parents to share in this process and it allows teachers to manage multiple students’ goal portfolios We’re all familiar with goals. Goals enable us to live the lives we want to live. We either have, or we’re told we should have, goals for business, for financial planning, for healthier

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Bullying … What Can Be Done? – Part 3 of 3

ANNUAL EDUCATION ISSUE BY SUZANNE PEARSON Nationwide, more than one quarter of the students in grades 6 through 12 are victims of bullying. News stories about the problem make regular appearances on television and newspaper outlets, sometimes with tragic endings. Bullying has moved from an adolescent rite of passage to a serious obstruction that is

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BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN McCAFFERTY  This past summer my family and I spent a day at Great Adventure. It’s the only place Justin, my severely autistic son, willingly stays for more than an hour (I have often joked with my husband that wherever we live has to be within a 30 minute radius of a Six Flags parks.) It’s usually

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Are Volunteers the Solution?

BY BARRY WALDMAN, DDS, MPH, PhD; STEVEN P. PERLMAN, DDS, MScD, DHL;  LYNN MA.  MISHA GAREY, DDS Why is it that we, who are living in an advanced country, are so dependent upon the volunteering effort of so many for an array of basic medical care for unbelievable numbers of poor and individuals with special needs? The

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Dyslexia: A New Perspective

A NEW PERSPECTIVE BY KARIN MERKLE Pass along this information to teachers and parents who may be stuck in the myths of dyslexia. Whether a student ends up getting lessons or not, the word and information you share may just save our world’s next great inventor, engineer, or scientist! I have great news to share

Parenting

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Service Dogs Prove to Be Boon for Children with Autism

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON When Guiding Eyes for the Blind realized that some of its trained dogs lacked the self-assurance to be guide dogs, it discovered that the animals could be retrained to help children with autism. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a service dog is any guide dog, signal dog,

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Having the Conversation with Your Seriously Ill Child

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. Pediatric Starter Kit In the interest of full disclosure, I have a daughter with multiple life-threatening conditions who “coded” and had to be resuscitated on several occasions. So reviewing the Pediatric Starter Kit, which was designed by The Conversation Project to help parents of seriously ill children who want guidance about “having the conversation” with their children, was

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BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN McCAFFERTY  This past summer my family and I spent a day at Great Adventure. It’s the only place Justin, my severely autistic son, willingly stays for more than an hour (I have often joked with my husband that wherever we live has to be within a 30 minute radius of a Six Flags parks.) It’s usually

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MEOW

By Rick Rader, MD Patti Wade knew we needed to understand dementia and how it manifests itself in our already vulnerable population. How we have to modify and address our own behaviors, the environment, stressors, accommodations and the way we communicate and react. Pablo Picasso, who knew a thing or two about being an artist,

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Through the Looking Glass

BY RICK RADER, MD “There comes a time in a man’s life when to get where he has to go – if there are no doors or windows he walks through a wall.” – Bernard Malamud Some things sometimes get the limelight that others deserve. Take the device that enables efficient movement of an object across

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The Cards Are Stacked Against You

ANCORA IMPARO RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF A triple threat in baseball is a player who could run, hit and field. In the special needs community, a triple threat is a player who can envision, advocate and activate. This morning I led some guests on a tour of the Orange Grove Center where I have

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EP Special Needs Connect

It’s Finally Here! Social Collaboration for Exceptional Parents … for Exceptional People … for Exceptional Physicians … for Exceptional Patients ♦ Providing Information, Education & Connectivity ep Special Needs Connect (epSNC) fosters participation and interactivity between readers, content creators and marketers in order to meet the demands of a new and evolving media in the

Access Expert

ep Access the Expert is an online daily comment series in which respected experts, online special needs community and contributors closely working with ep answer questions sent by our readers about a specific special needs topic. ep Access the Expert is an excellent way to reach outside your circle and ask your most pressing questions

Caregiver Comments

The goal here is to combine content, data and the conversation on the same page in a seemeless way to enable new kinds of connections and relationships that people can have. We wanted the conversation in the page to show up in the social media stream as well, and also to make a very clean,

Special Needs Events

13 Jun ChildServe Run, Walk, and FUN 4 the Kids 5406 Merle Hay Rd., Johnston, IA 50131 31 Jul 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Los Angeles, CA 02 Mar 14th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support Denver, CO If you would like to post a special needs event, please use the comment form below.

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Search & Respond

ep Special Needs Connect’s Search & Respond enables you to reach out and interact with other families and caregivers who are just like you and can help you, using their own knowledge and experience. As with the people in the following situations, you will be able to post your questions on the site, so it

Healthcare

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Service Dogs Prove to Be Boon for Children with Autism

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON When Guiding Eyes for the Blind realized that some of its trained dogs lacked the self-assurance to be guide dogs, it discovered that the animals could be retrained to help children with autism. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a service dog is any guide dog, signal dog,

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Genome Sequencing:Hopes And Challenges Of A New Technology

GENETIC ALLIANCE – BY REBECCA DOWNEY & SHARON ROMELCZYK Nearly every newborn baby born in the United States receives screening for certain treatable genetic conditions between 24 to 48 hours after birth. This routine process of newborn screening is a state run public health program that reaches nearly four million babies in the US each

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Wellness

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This Month’s Ask the Expert

ep Ask the Expert is an online monthly event series in which respected experts closely working with ep answer questions sent by community members about a monthly, planned special needs topic. ep Ask the Expert is an excellent way to reach outside your circle and ask your most pressing questions about special needs. ep Ask

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Protect Your Heart By Eating Smart!

BY BARBARA MINTZ, MS, RD March is National Nutrition Month, but it is always a good time to look at your schedule and ask yourself if you are living a healthy lifestyle for your heart. Did you know that cardiovascular disease is one of the most preventable diseases? Food and activity play a huge role in

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Are You and Your Child Coachable?

BY TOM CURRY Colleges today may want to recruit a certain student athlete to fit into their program. But remember that the student and parent must be able to fit in with the program. The other day, we had an assistant college football coach in our athletic department recruiting one of our players. As I sat in and listened

Education

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Finding Their Voices

Camp Program Helps Kids Who Use Computers To Communicate  Every August, a caravan pulls up at Camp Chatterbox in New Jersey and when the car doors open, campers pile out to begin a fun-packed week of activities. Some are Chatterbox veterans, others are tentative newcomers, but all of them are excited to be there for an

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ep 2015 Teachers of the Year

BY VANESSA B. IRA, EDITOR EP MAGAZINE Three outstanding Teachers of the Year are being honored in this edition of EP (Exceptional Parent) magazine, our Annual Schools & Camps Issue. These are teachers whose work requires extraordinary patience, sometimes in the midst of constant emotional outbursts. Teachers who must focus always on what a student can do – and not on

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Finding Their Voices

Camp Program Helps Kids Who Use Computers To Communicate  Every August, a caravan pulls up at Camp Chatterbox in New Jersey and when the car doors open, campers pile out to begin a fun-packed week of activities. Some are Chatterbox veterans, others are tentative newcomers, but all of them are excited to be there for an

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Money

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An Opportunity for a Living Wage for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum? Electronics Recycling & Refurbishing

BY ERNST VANBERGEIJK, PH.D., M.S.W. Without specific job training, individuals on the autism spectrum face rather bleak employment prospects. At best, the employment rate is 45 percent for this population. Anecdotal reports find that only about 10 percent of  individuals on the autism spectrum find employment. Often, employment is part-time, minimum wage work which does

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An Opportunity for a Living Wage for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum? Electronics Recycling & Refurbishing

BY ERNST VANBERGEIJK, PH.D., M.S.W. Without specific job training, individuals on the autism spectrum face rather bleak employment prospects. At best, the employment rate is 45 percent for this population. Anecdotal reports find that only about 10 percent of  individuals on the autism spectrum find employment. Often, employment is part-time, minimum wage work which does

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Mobility Ventures Recognized by National Automobile Dealers Association

Mobility Ventures Recognized by National Automobile Dealers Association Oct 28, 2014 Mobility Ventures Proudly Joins NADA’s Long History of Commitment to Quality and Ethics (SOUTH BEND, Ind.) – Mobility Ventures LLC, designer and manufacturer of the acclaimed MV-1, the only American vehicle purpose-built and designed from the ground up in support of people who use

Designing a Child-centered and Accessible Home

By Deborah Pierce, AIA, CAPS In the accessible home, disabilities become abilities because barriers cease to exist. This is the possibility of the accessible home. Photos by: Kathy Tarantola Every parent is exceptional! Our kids challenge us to expand our limits – to be more patient, more tactful, more generous, and, when circumstances call for

Military

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Transitioning From Active Duty To Civilian Employment

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH Beginning with the job search, explore options that relate to your military experience and strengths but also your interests and positive personality traits. Retiring or discharging from active duty can be stressful, and joining the civilian workforce can be intimidating. According to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense report 2012, there

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Transitioning From Active Duty To Civilian Employment

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH Beginning with the job search, explore options that relate to your military experience and strengths but also your interests and positive personality traits. Retiring or discharging from active duty can be stressful, and joining the civilian workforce can be intimidating. According to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense report 2012, there

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On New Year’s Resolution

President, CEO & Publisher – Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr – 2015 will soon be upon us. Many people use the New Year to make firm “Resolutions” like, “This is the year I will lose 25 pounds” or, “I will finally master my golf game.” The thing about New Year’s Resolutions is that so many other things

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MEOW

By Rick Rader, MD Patti Wade knew we needed to understand dementia and how it manifests itself in our already vulnerable population. How we have to modify and address our own behaviors, the environment, stressors, accommodations and the way we communicate and react. Pablo Picasso, who knew a thing or two about being an artist,

New Technology & Products

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IRIS+ APP

IRiS+ is an application designed to allow an iPad®, iPhone®, or iPod Touch® to control sensory equipment or to enable the user to easily control a multisensory room. Offers several control switches in one— sound, touch, vibration and movement. The full IRiS+ app is free to download and by doing so, one can control either one or a number of multisensory products in

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