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Laughing at My Nightmare

Author Shane Burcaw goes against the odds and stereotypes of his disability and shows readers how to be positive and enthusiastic about life. BY ALISA WILLIAMS Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw is a timeline of the author’s life where he walks readers through his experiences while living with Skeletal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Burcaw

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Life with My Brother Sammy

BY PAIGE TALHELM My brother has every right to be in church, the store, or a restaurant • So I do feel bad, not for myself, but for Sammy • He is just being himself • Is he hurt by people’s reactions? • What is he thinking? • These questions fill my mind and drive

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Vaccines DO NOT Cause Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that is caused by differences in how the brain functions. People with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in different ways. Recent estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network found that about 1 in 68 children have been identified with ASD in communities across

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Autism: A New Theory

BY JOHN J. CANNELL, MD It’s time to look at autism a new way – with a new theory. If the CDC’s worst-case scenario of a 12 percent yearly increase in the incidence of autism proves to be true, we will be in serious trouble in terms of caring for these individuals. Over the past

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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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Autism in April

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN This April, I’m still going to drag out my autism awareness sign and plop it in my yard… I’ll try not to be as callous and put my best foot forward in the hopes of some good information sharing on our usual media channels, but I’m going to put

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Military Onesource Special Needs Consultants

MILITARY LIFE Many military families are aware that Military OneSource offers a variety of consultations and counseling options, but did you know there’s a specialized group of consultants that serves families with special needs? Military OneSource special needs consultants are available to families for assistance with questions and concerns regarding the care and education of

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Birthday Parties and Kids with Autism

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN MCCAFFERTY I love my birthday. Although I’m rapidly approaching 50 (how did that happen?) I continue to stretch it out for an entire month each year, enjoy being celebrated and eating lots of chocolate cake (a staple for me not only on my actual day.) When I was pregnant with both of

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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

Ask the Expert

ep Ask the Expert is an online forum in which respected experts and other people like you within the special needs community, can create or participate in support groups and discussions regarding specific topics that interest you. Consult with people like you, and get expert guidance on a special need. Plus Monthly … ep Ask

Parents/Caregiver Bulletin Board

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. Comments are welcomed and encouraged on this site, but there are some instances in which comments will be deleted as follows: • Comments deemed

Special Needs Events

ep Special Needs Events  is a powerful gathering of events specifically geared to the special needs community, including educational, promotional, galas, fund-raisers, trade shows, exhibitions, plus unique networking opportunities. Events where our readers can explore the ever-evolving landscape of our community. Click on the calendar below to view current events…. Promote your event with a

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ep Special Needs Connect “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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Providing Dental Care For Patients With Disabilities

BY CARRIE STETLER With a shortage of special needs facilities, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine clinic serves a vulnerable population. Dennis Fitzpatrick had 17 cavities by the time he arrived at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine’s special care center seven years ago. Fitzpatrick, 27, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had regular checkups throughout childhood,

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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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Providing Dental Care For Patients With Disabilities

BY CARRIE STETLER With a shortage of special needs facilities, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine clinic serves a vulnerable population. Dennis Fitzpatrick had 17 cavities by the time he arrived at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine’s special care center seven years ago. Fitzpatrick, 27, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had regular checkups throughout childhood,

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Wellness

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Feeding Your Brain: Food for Thought

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES BARBARA B. MINTZ, MS, RD Since our brain acts as the command center of our body, brain health is very important. If you have suffered a brain injury, it is even more important for the healing process. It is true. You are what you eat. Proper diet and exercise do make

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Feeding Your Brain: Food for Thought

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES BARBARA B. MINTZ, MS, RD Since our brain acts as the command center of our body, brain health is very important. If you have suffered a brain injury, it is even more important for the healing process. It is true. You are what you eat. Proper diet and exercise do make

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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

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The Importance Of Early Sibling Support Group Involvement

Growing up with a brother that was prone to out of the blue temper tantrums limited family vacations. The evening hours after he returned from school after another day of angst with his peers and all that stimuli would always pose some challenges. Not to mention my brother’s difficulty with the classroom expectations and the

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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

Mobility

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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Autism in April

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN This April, I’m still going to drag out my autism awareness sign and plop it in my yard… I’ll try not to be as callous and put my best foot forward in the hopes of some good information sharing on our usual media channels, but I’m going to put

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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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ACAPELLA VIBRATORY PEP THERAPY SYSTEM

The Acapella® Vibratory Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) Therapy System is designed for individuals with lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and cystic fibrosis. This system uses PEP therapy and airway vibrations to help mobilize pulmonary secretions, based on clinical needs. PEPtherapy enforces a resistance to exhalation at the mouth while the

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