Taking A Small Step Back To Take A Giant Leap Forward – Part 1 of 3

BY WALTER MAYER, L.M.S.W. Proactively emphasizing and teaching positive expectations and values such as respect, acceptance, empathy, positivity, cooperation and peaceful coexistence can serve to establish a new climate. Lately it seems that, for better or worse, we have all become more aware of ‘bullying’ and its negative impact on children and school culture. Unfortunately, some have gone so far as deeming it an ‘epidemic’. Also unfortunate is the vagueness of the term ‘bullying’ and, […]

Red Ribbion Academy

ORGANIZATION SPOTLIGHT BY LINDA ZANI THOMAS From our families to yours, we are honored to present a description of the elements that make the Community Options, Inc. Red Ribbon Academy medical special needs day program work so well. Although told from the perspective of families of medically fragile adults with developmental disabilities, the basic premise of creation of a day program using self directed service options can be adopted for all types of developmental disabilities. […]

Parents Have The Power

BOOK REVIEW This book is intended to provide parents of children with disabilities with the information they need to “make special education work.” Overall, I was very impressed with the theme and presentation. Chapter 1 was extremely helpful in describing the special education process. There is an explanation of referral, evaluation, IEP (Individualized Education Program), triennial evaluation etc. However, missing from “related services” were sensory integration and social skills, which are becoming increasingly common. There […]

Working With Your Child’s School Can Improve Her Nutrition

BY RACHEL EZEKIEL-FISHBEIN “Making food appealing, delicious and fun is a way we can ensure our students get their nutritional needs met. Our students are no different than any other students; when you make food fun for them, they’ll want to eat it.”– HMS School Fourteen-year old Shannon Ward loves to eat, particularly chocolate and, specifically, Nutella, which is what she asked for this Christmas, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Yet, gaining weight has been […]

The Effects Of Legislative Enactments On The Education Of The Deaf

As future legislation is enacted, the success of deaf children should not be measured by how closely they emulate their hearing peers, but that they are given an education that will enable them to become successful human beings, not imitations of hearing people. When examining federal laws that have had significant impact on the education of the deaf child, one can begin with the sweeping educational acts of the 60s, then move to P.L. 94-142 […]

Youth Participation In Transition Planning

BY VALERIE LEITER In 2004, Congress added new transition requirements to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), striving to improve youth outcomes after high school. These new requirements say that the Individual Education Program (IEP) must include “appropriate measurable postsecondary goals” and the “transition services… needed to assist the child in reaching those goals.” They also give students the right to participate in planning once their IEP meetings focus on transition from school. It […]

Seminole State College Lauches Autism- Focused Interior Design Course

Students’ goal: Redesign kitchen for family with two special needs children. Kathryn Rivera, interior design professor at Seminole State College of Florida, is blazing a new trail in the emerging field of designing interior spaces for people with autism. For the past three years, Rivera has taught classes at Seminole State on topics such as building codes, commercial design studios and computer-aided design. Now, she and nine students are embarking on a pilot course called Designing for […]

Shepherds College: An Important Option In Specialized Post-Secondary Education

BY SUSAN GRIFFIS, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING FOR SHEPHERDS COLLEGE One size does not fit all. It never has and never will. Whether we’re talking about stretchy gloves, undergarments or unisex t-shirts, one-size-fits-all is blatant propaganda designed to sell to a mindless majority without considering the specific needs of the individual. So, on a larger, much more important scale, why would anyone approach post-secondary education for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the one-sizefits-all mentality? […]

Ten Steps: Optimizing Your Child’s Back-to-School Success

TEN STEPS BY TONI SCHUTTA “Starting a new grade, getting a new teacher, learning new classroom rules, meeting new kids in class, receiving more rigorous schoolwork, and increasing social demands can all cause stress for your child,” according to Toni Schutta, M.A., L.P., parent coach and author of the parenting book 20 Great Ways to Raise Great Kids, which contains need-to-know parenting strategies from America’s top experts. “An increase in temper tantrums, whining, and defiance […]

First Fact Sheet For The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC): “Comparing Health Plans’ Benefits and Coverage Summaries”

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is pleased to announce the publication of the first fact sheet for the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC). “Comparing Health Plans’ Benefits and Coverage Summaries” is designed to inform navigators and other enrollment specialists about what people with disabilities need to look for in the Summary of Benefits and Coverage. The fact sheet can be found here: http://www.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/ndnrc-materials/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-1/. The entire list of upcoming fact sheets is […]