Girl Scout Wins Disability Discrimination Suit Against Troop

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON Megan, then age 12, sued the Girl Scouts, claiming the organization violated the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by refusing to provide her with sign language services and then by disbanding her troop because her mother complained. Megan Runnion was active in a Girl Scout troop run by the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, the largest regional Girl Scout organization in the United States. Megan […]

Exercise Is Important For Exceptional Parents

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT You cannot continue to care for your family if you do not also care for yourself. We all know that exercise is important to incorporate into our regular routine, and yet there are many excuses that get in the way, and the workouts get cut easier than other tasks that seem to be a higher priority at the time. It may seem impossible to exercise at times. […]

Nocturnal Enuresis: A Personal Story

BY COLIN ELLISON I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT DIAPERS SHOULD BE VIEWED NO DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHER FORMS OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO MANAGE VARIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS, MUCH LIKE EYE GLASSES, INHALERS FOR ASTHMA & WHEELCHAIRS Nocturnal enuresis (the clinical term for bedwetting) affects millions of people all over the world in all age groups. Although some people can be cured of their enuresis by using alarms, medicines, surgery, or other treatments, there are a significant number of […]

Military Family Stressors Can Impact Physical & Mental Health

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D It’s no surprise that chronic or unexpected stress can lead to physical and/or mental health problems. And, as a military family, you might feel that sometimes you are barely keeping your head above water, let alone pulling ahead. Current medical research shows a connection between a feeling of general well-being and overall positive physical and mental health. This article focuses on the stressors that military families may encounter, how they can […]

$3.4 million grant to train dentists to care for patients with autism

New pediatric dentistry program in Florida aims to increase access for children and teens with autism and ease transition to adult care The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Florida’s Nova Southeastern University’s College of Dental Medicine a $3.4 million grant to train dentists on the special sensitivities and strategies needed to care for the growing population of children and teens affected by autism. The curriculum aims to increase access to dental […]

ABLE Accounts Are Coming! Is It Really What You’ve Been Waiting For?

Many individuals and families who live with special needs are eagerly anticipating the availability of ABLE accounts. What is an ABLE account? Is it something you’ll want? Or need? Are you even eligible to have one? “It’s been a long wait,” says Chris Collier1, CLU, ChSNC, who is a Special Care Planner and has earned the Chartered Special Needs Consultant designation.2 He’s with the Innova Financial Group3 in Cincinnati, Ohio, a general agency of Massachusetts […]

Lean In

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN McCAFFERTY I’ve found the women of my generation to be more accepting of each other’s choices than articles I’ve read on the subject, and that makes me glad, because what we really need from each other is support and acceptance. A few months ago, a dear friend of mine lent me “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg. On the off chance you live under a rock and haven’t heard of the book, in […]

Education On All Aspects Of A Concussion

BY DR. JOHN SHUMKO, M.D., PHD AND DIANA TOTO, M.S. In the end, it all comes back to those that are concussed understanding how truly important it is to report symptoms accurately and honestly. In November 2013, Ryan Barcelona, a 14-year old from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey was playing a fierce soccer game for his club team when he suffered a hard body-to-body collision and was whipped around. At that time he was taken out […]

Will Your Life and the Life of Your Child with a Disability Be Better After Your Divorce?

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON), AND MISHA GAREY, DDS “When it comes to family arrangements, the United States has a North-South divide. Children growing up across much of the northern part of the country are much more likely to grow up with two parents than children across the South.” 1 TWO PARENT FAMILIES There is a kind of “two-parent […]

Striking A Chord: Music’s Impact On Cognitive Delays & Physical Disabilities

BOOK EXCERPT BY SHARLENE HABERMEYER, MA “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh As a young child, Anthony suffered with severe language, social, and emotional issues. Socialization was a particular challenging issue. It was difficult for him to socialize with his peers, to work independently at school, and he was argumentative with his teachers. But music changed all that. Today, Anthony attends […]