Michael Turcich Selected as a 2021 Distinguished Service Award Winner

Michael Turcich received the 2021 CDC Distinguished Service Award from college Director, Kenneth A. Smith. He was presented with the award on Thursday, July, 2021. The Distinguished Service Award  is presented each year to business people for service above self, who embody the principles for which CDC Disability Inclusion stands, and whose efforts on behalf of the CDC, the community, and the nation have been exemplary. The award is also a means of honoring business […]

5 Ways To Advocate For A Child With Special Needs During A Divorce

BY MINDY STANNARD Going through a divorce can be a stressful and trying time for any parent. Parents of a child with disabilities or special needs often face additional challenges when going through a divorce. Even an amicable divorce can include many complicated issues when the parents have a child with special needs. Issues relating to decision-making, a parenting schedule, child support, alimony and division of debts and assets are especially important in cases where […]

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The Effects Of The ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) For Children With Disabilities

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. WHAT IS THE ESSA? The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ESSA is replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB.) The Council of Chief State School Officers has a chart and narrative on the crosswalk between ESSA and NCLB (see Resources). Some components of the previous law have been kept, some were revised, and other pieces are new. Here is an overview on […]

Protecting Your Child’s IEP from the Nation’s Testing Craze

BY DR. MICHAEL BERG, ED.D. Parents of children with disabilities need to be proactive and make sure all the time schools are devoting to the preparation and implementation of standardized tests does not swallow up the time that is supposed to be devoted to the implementation of their children’s IEP. High stakes standardized testing in our nation’s public schools makes regular headlines in newspapers and is often the buzz on social media. The accountability level […]