Special Education Fed Funding Still Falling Short

By Evie Blad When Congress passed a broad law on educating children with disabilities in 1975, it agreed to kick in federal dollars to help cover the excess costs of meeting students’ individual education needs. In the time since, federal funding for what’s now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has consistently fallen short of the target included in the law, leaving state and local officials on the hook. Education groups, who call […]

Holiday Decorations Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Twinkly lights, candles, holiday trees and plants, ornaments and other decorations are an important part of holiday celebrations. Besides being festive and fun, the decorations your family brings out every year can help children feel connected to family traditions. To help make sure your decorations are safe, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers some tips: When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. The needles should be hard to pull off, and should not break […]

Disney’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” could cause seizures in those with epilepsy

Disney and the Epilepsy Foundation are issuing a warning: There are scenes in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” that may trigger seizures. “The Walt Disney Studios and the Epilepsy Foundation are working together to advise photosensitive viewers to use caution when watching ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,’’ the Epilepsy Foundation said in a warning that was written with the help of Disney. “The film contains several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights […]

Autistic Artist Has a Show in Philadelphia’s Fleisher/Ollman Gallery

For years, Lonnie Smith would gather the artwork made by his son, Kambel, and set up small shows at senior centers, libraries, and YMCAs across the Philadelphia region. Lonnie knew his son had a gift, but he couldn’t get anybody else to see it. “No one would come,” he said. “Zero.” It crushed Kambel every time. And so, it crushed Lonnie, too. To soften the blow, Lonnie would sit with his sons, Kambel, now 32, […]

Decreasing Holiday Stress for Families of Children with Autism

The holidays are as joyful as they are stressful, or is it the other way around? The stress of the holidays, visiting family members, and all that comes with the season can be a lot to deal with under any circumstances.  When caring for a loved one with autism or other developmental challenges, this time of year can feel overwhelming as it creates disruption to the routines and structure of your family’s life. Here are […]