EEOC Sues McDonald’s for Disability Discrimination

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON In its complaint, the EEOC claimed that the restaurant’s violations were intentional and were done with malice or reckless indifference to Ricky Washington’s federally protected rights. If your business employs 15 or more workers you’ll violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if you refuse to hire a job applicant who is deaf, but is otherwise qualified for the job, and hiring him or her would not cause […]

Unique Summer Camp For Children Who Use Computers To Communicate

CAMPERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE WELCOME FROM AUGUST 21 TO 27 Camp Chatterbox, sponsored by Children’s Specialized Hospital, is a weeklong, overnight camp for children and young adults—ages 5 to 22, who use synthesized Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. Camp Chatterbox offers two unique programs: a Family Program for children ages 5 to 14 and an Independence and Self-Advocacy Program for teens and young adults ages 15 to 22. All campers must be […]

When Your Child Becomes an Adult: Practical Solutions to Potential Problems

When a child who has special needs becomes a legal adult (18 years old in most states), a parent is no longer recognized as a person who can make decisions for that child. If your child is two to three years or less from this significant birthday, this is the time to evaluate your situation. What changes? What’s at risk? “Depending on your child’s level of self-care and decision-making abilities, leaving your child to make […]

Teaching Your Young Adult To Travel Independently and Confidently

BY CAROL JOCKLE, M.S. AND ERIN VLASAK, M.S. Introduction to travel allows the young adult to explore, decide what is right for them and make decisions based on knowledge, thereby providing the direction needed to navigate one’s world. Learning how to travel using public transportation is an important step to independence. Knowing how to get to a store, a sporting event, and the theater or to a friend’s house requires skills. Young adults (18 years […]

The Oxygen Of Freedom

Introduction to a New EP Series We are pleased to announce a year-long focus on the various uses of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in the pages of Exceptional Parent (EP magazine) and on our new, expanded website. This focus will include editorial contributions from well-recognized physicians, clinicians and scientists along with embedded videos and a series of Ask the Expert interactions where our readers, therapists, physicians, athletes, coaches and trainers can interact with experts in […]

The Direct Support Workforce Crisis: A Parent’s Perspective – Part Two

BY GAIL FRIZZELL For parents to be confident that their children could survive in this world without them, we would need a direct support workforce, of adequate number, trained to provide the supports our children need to be safe, healthy, and happy. My 30-year-old daughter, Lauren, loves her home in a town just a 20-minute drive from Mom’s. It meets all of her wants and needs and has a lovely view from her bedroom window […]

A GPS for Families of People with Special Needs – Part Five

BY LAUREN AGORATUS INTRODUCTION I wrote this manual to help other families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who work with them. My daughter now has five life-threatening conditions, and autism just to keep things interesting. We have been through everything from early intervention to currently going through transition to adult care. I hope this helps you on your journey. Part V follows; to review Parts I – IV, see the September through […]

Bullying & Cyberbullying: Update For Parents Of Students In Special Education

BY JOHN SPOEDE, PH.D., LPC-S, LCDC, NCC, CSC AND DIANNE REED, ED.D. ABSTRACT Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children. It involves a real or perceived power  imbalance, and the behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (Bauman, Cross, & Walker, 2014). Bullying takes many forms, from direct physical harm (physical bullying); to verbal taunts and threats (verbal bullying); to exclusion, humiliation, and rumor-spreading (relational or social bullying); […]

Stigma And Health Conditions – Part III

BY CHERYLE B. GARTLEY WITH MARY RADTKE KLEIN (Authors’ Note: While some of this article has been written in the first person as a matter of style, and due to the fact that one of the authors lives in the world of the stigmatized, it is really a joint enterprise. In this section of a series, we address the challenge of building public awareness regarding the impact of stigmatization and what researchers are learning that […]

COMMUNICATION The Social ‘Nutrition’ Behind Healthy Kids with Special Needs

BY KAREN KABAKI-SISTO, M.S. CCC-SLP With these suggestions, your child can develop healthy practices that become automatic, natural customs to feel a sense of independence, control, and accountability. It’s a new year, and a lot of us vow to eat healthier and exercise more as we realize its importance to our well-being. However, some children with special needs may view good health and fitness as tedious, punishing tasks that are forced upon them. With the […]