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 […]


From Our Family To Yours

For Exceptional Parent magazine’s 2016 Family, Community and the Holidays issue, the Chambers family—Dr. Hank, Jill, sean and Dr. reid—share their experiences, views and words of wisdom with other families touched by special needs. It is a privilege to be a part of this interview with the wonderful Chambers family for Exceptional Parent magazine’s latest Family & Community issue. I have known my friends, Hank Chambers, MD and Jill Chambers, for over 20 years and […]


Prominent Physician Proposes A Can-Do Way To Reduce Health Care Costs – By Finding Cures

PART II of a SERIES INTERVIEW OF STEPHEN L. DEFELICE, M.D., BY JOSEPH M. VALENZANO JR. In Dr. DeFelice’s journey with carnitine, he faced every barrier in our medical discovery system. He believes the Doctornaut Act is the only practical remedy and route to achievable solutions. “My experience with carnitine and our Barrier System would require a thick book that no one would read,” he said. “A single tragic story concerning cancer clearly demonstrates this. […]


New Top Rated Resource on Disability.gov: “Quick Links & Important Phone Numbers”

Visit the links below to get information about Social Security benefits, home health care, rental assistance, help finding a job and much more. At the bottom of this page you’ll also find a list of frequently requested government telephone numbers. (Note: When you visit the links below, you’ll be directed to websites outside of Disability.gov.) Contact your local Aging and Disability Resource Center for information about services for seniors and people with disabilities: https://www.adrc-tae.acl.gov/tiki-index.php?page=ADRCLocator. Find important Social Security forms: http://www.ssa.gov/forms. […]


Prominent Physican Proposes A Can-Do Way To Reduce Health Care Costs – By Finding Cures

INTERVIEW OF STEPHEN L. DEFELICE, M.D., BY JOSEPH M. VALENZANO JR. There is general agreement that the US health care system is in crisis with no doable solution in sight. The ever-increasing cost of health care is the biggest concern of policymakers, politicians and the American people. Access to health care is also of great concern to millions of Americans who have health insurance that, ironically, they cannot afford to use. The controversial Affordable Care […]


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 […]