Alana gift to MIT launches Down syndrome research center, technology program for disabilities

Foundation’s $28.6 million gift will fund science, innovation, and education to advance understanding, ability, and inclusion. David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory As part of its continued mission to help build a better world, MIT is establishing the Alana Down Syndrome Center, an innovative new research endeavor, technology development initiative, and fellowship program launched with a $28.6 million gift from Alana Foundation, a nonprofit organization started by Ana Lucia Villela of São […]

ABLE Accounts 2019: Top Questions

What are the ABLE savings limits for 2019? ABLE accounts are protected savings opportunities for people who have a significant disability with an onset prior to age 26. For 2019, friends and family can contribute up to $15,000 directly into an ABLE account. ABLE account owners who work, and do not have an employer- sponsored retirement account, may save up to $12,140 in additional savings from their earnings. Can I save income within ABLE to […]

Spread The Word INCLUSION

‌Save the Date! For our New 2019 Campaign Over the past several years, you have stepped up and helped us Spread the Word to End the R-Word, which started the conversation on respect. Now, to continue this important conversation, the Golisano Foundation, Special Olympics and Best Buddies are building on these efforts in a new campaign called, Spread the Word Inclusion, to stop all types of discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. This year’s day […]

Overview of Professionals in the School-Age Special Education System

Throughout your child’s academic career, he or she will come into contact with dozens of different professionals who are there for support. The list below provides an overview of some of these individuals and a description of the role they may have. Be aware that your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) will control who works directly with your child and what they do. Regular Education Teachers Depending on your child’s educational placement, your child may […]

Inclusion vs. Self-Contained Education for Children with ASD Diagnoses

The idea is not new. Including children with special needs in classrooms to learn alongside typical learners promotes the sense of a welcoming environment for all, where differences are valued and learning opportunities are accessible to all, in every classroom. Depending on where you live, the concept may be referred to as “mainstreaming,” “integration,” as well as “inclusion.” Long before the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), children with disabilities did not attend public school. […]

Lima child ambassador for Down syndrome group

By Tara Jones – tjones@limanews.com Jada Hood’s laughter echoes off the Lima Senior hallways as she holds her father’s hand walking from the upstairs preschool to her mother’s classroom. Hood has become a familiar face in the community, and now she has also become the face of an international campaign. Hood, 2, the daughter of James and Chrissy Hood who are both employees of Lima schools, was named one of the 33 ambassadors for Nothing […]

Placement Options for Preschool Students Receiving Special Education Services

There are a number of placement options to consider for your preschool child. The Individualized Educational Program (IEP) team – which includes you, the parent – will decide which placement or placements are appropriate. The placement decided upon by the IEP team will be paid for by the school district in which you live as part of your child’s Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). When considering an educational placement, the IEP team must decide […]

LuMind RDS Foundation and IDSC Collaborate on a Research and Medical Care Facebook Group for Caregivers

BURLINGTON, Mass. January 18, 2019 – LuMind™ Research Down Syndrome Foundation (LuMind RDS) and International Down Syndrome Community (IDSC) are combining resources and expertise on a collaboration to create the IDSC LuMind RDS Facebook Group to better serve people with Down syndrome and their communities. “An important part of the LuMind RDS mission is connecting families with the progress of research,” says Hampus Hillerstrom, President and CEO of LuMind RDS, “By collaborating with IDSC on […]

Fire Safety for Your Special Needs Child

While every family should have a home fire safety plan, it’s even more critical if you have a family member with cognitive or physical disabilities. These individuals are 2.5 to 6.5 times more likely to die in a house fire. However, there are a number of safety precautions you can take to reduce the risk of injury for your loved ones. Identify exits Assess each room in your home and identify at least two exits, […]

Preventing Abuse of Your Special Needs Child

Here’s a somber statistic: Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are far more likely to be abused by someone they know than a stranger. Abuse is any behavior that is unwanted, intentionally harmful, demeaning or insulting, or causes the victim to be afraid. This may include physical violence, sexual assault, bullying, emotional maltreatment or neglect. Sadly, because an individual with intellectual and developmental disability may be perceived as an “easy target,” the likelihood of abuse […]