Your Child’s IEP – What Families Need To Know

BY THE ASSOCIATION FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN & FAMILIES AND LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. Families of students with disabilities may need guidance on what should be in their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Even experienced parents can benefit from a summary of what should be included in this important document. This article discusses the required components of the IEP, the IEP team, and consideration of the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for the child. Families may also wish […]


Purposeful Partnerships: Make A Difference

BY VICKI MASON, D.HSC, DEBBIE BUCKINGHAM, OTR, MS, CVE, CCM, CRC, CHARLENE DICKINSON, RDH, BSDH, MS, AND SCHELLI STEDKE, BSDH, MDH Persons with developmental disabilities often experience challenges in getting appropriate medical, dental and health care services. Access issues (cost and transportation) and a lack of awareness on the part of healthcare professionals add to the difficulties according to the Centers for Disease Control (2016). Innovative partnerships can contribute to the health and well-being of […]


Exploring The Benefits Of Intergenerational Programs

GENETIC ALLIANCE BY CLAIRE MENA ONEgeneration, one of many intergenerational childcare centers that have been spurting up across the country, focuses on creating high quality interactions among adults and children during the early development stages of childhood. When Dr. Kristine Varanyan arrives at work every morning, there walks her son in tow. Upon entering, they go their separate ways: Eliaz off to his classroom and Varanyan to her office. For almost two years now, Varanyan […]


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 […]