Boating Beach Bash

Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities Sets Date for 9th Annual Celebration Boca Raton, Fla. —The Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, which is sponsored by the American Disabilities Foundation, Inc. (ADF), is the largest, free, fun-day event in America for children and adults with special needs, is excited to announce its 9th annual event which will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s celebration will take place at […]


Parent Engagement In Healthy Schools

BY JOANNE AIDALA AND KAREN STRAIM Engaging parents as advocates for healthy schools is also common sense. Parents have political clout as residents and taxpayers to advocate for change on behalf of their child’s school before school boards and municipal councils. INTRODUCTION Schools understand that parents1 care deeply about their children, and expect that parents will support their child’s health and learning at home. As reflected in the CDC’s online materials (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/parentengagement/parentsforhealthyschools.htm), parents are also […]


Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress…a New Way of Thinking! #Acceptance

Acceptance…Do we accept the diagnosis? For us, the diagnosis was “ASD” or Autism Spectrum Disorder. By the time we received it, she was 5 years old. When we first started asking the question, “Is she autistic?” people laughed at us…“Of course not!” After all, she was somewhat social, had some speech and occasionally eye contact. Sure, she rocked a lot, but she was just calming herself. There was always an excuse for the things she […]


Reading To A Child Or Infant Brings You Closer Together

“You may have wealth and power untold; Caskets of silver, coffers of gold. But richer than I you could never be  I had a mother who read to me”   Strickland Gilliam These words have been indelibly etched in my mind and have been with me for as long as I can remember.  I was extremely fortunate, the beneficiary of parents who believed strongly in education and the value of the written word.  My mother would […]