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Attention Caregivers: SSDI Benefits For Dependents With Special Needs May Not Last Forever!

Caregivers of dependents with special needs who receive Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits must fully understand the nature, scope and duration of these benefits to effectively plan for the financial future of their dependent. When SSDI benefits are payable based on a parent’s working record to their adult dependent with special needs, the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers this type of benefit as a “child’s” benefit. It is this form of eligibility that this […]

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Holiday Gift Guide

As the holiday season quickly approaches, caregivers and parents of children with special needs are considering what new toys, games and learning tools are appearing on the market and which of those might be a good fit for their child. To help families through their toy purchasing decisions, EP’s editors have compiled a selection of some new products as well as some classic choices, each of which offer fun ways to improve motor skills, balance, […]

CHICAGO MED -- "Brother's Keeper" Episode 204 -- Pictured: (l-r) Colin Donnell as Connor Rhodes, Ato Essandoh as Isidore Latham, Brain Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

Does Empathy Begin with a Name?

How often are we with people that irritate us? A new television show, Chicago Med, features a brilliant physician named Dr. Isidore Latham. Most of Dr. Latham’s encounters with others depict him as an annoying, difficult person who has a very hard time working as a team member. With that in mind, many co-workers do not have kind words to say about Dr. Latham. That is until he realizes that he has a diagnosis of […]

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Special Education And Early Intervention Resources For Families And Professionals

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), funds a Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network with resources for all stakeholders with an interest in special education and early intervention, including parents, self-advocates, educators, early interventionists, school districts, state Departments of Education, other service providers, researchers, policymakers, and legislators. WHICH TYPES OF RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE? There are many different kinds of resources available to families and professionals. These include […]

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GAME TIME!

Man with Asperger syndrome invents educational board game that encourages wholesome family interaction. It may be the ultimate irony that Anthony Tinervia Jr.’s new educational board game, Keys to the Capitals, keeps players entertained and interacting with one another for hours. That’s because Tinervia struggles with Asperger syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder). Such social interactions don’t come easily for him. So, it’s a huge victory for him to see families setting aside their electronic devices […]

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NDNRC Releases Statement On Preserving ACA Protections

The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) recently released a statement entitled “Preserve the Protections Provided by the Affordable Care Act.” PRESERVE THE PROTECTIONS PROVIDED BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought about much-needed reforms for health insurance, addressed systemic discrimination, and expanded coverage to millions of Americans who had previously been uninsured. Many of the reforms established by the ACA were a great benefit for people with disabilities, including the […]

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Navigating The Maze Of School Choice Options

BY WILLIAM BLACKWELL, ED.D. This article explores several key issues that parents of children with disabilities should consider and questions to ask when thinking about charter schools or voucher programs. Parents of children with disabilities have an endless series of decisions to make regarding their child’s education. These decisions include selecting a public school system that will be supportive of their child’s needs, identifying the appropriate services and supports that the school will provide, and […]

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10 Ways to Think about How #InclusionWorks

Celebrating NDEAM. National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) takes place every October to celebrate the accomplishments of people with disabilities in the workplace. It’s also a time to reflect on ways that employers, workers, people with disabilities and others can build on that success and strengthen workplace inclusion. NDEAM began as a week-long observance in 1945; since then, it has evolved into a month-long celebration. This year’s theme is #InclusionWorks, which focuses on the key […]

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Don’t Ask Taxpayers to Support Children with Disabilities

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) AND MATTHEW COOKE, DDS, MD, MPH “Don’t ask taxpayers to support disabled children: When I was 10 years old, I chose to be child-free because I knew that I would not make a good parent, and at 38 I’m still content with my choice… Parenthood is a choice, not a divine right, and all […]

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Breathing Into Transition

GENETIC ALLIANCE • EMPLOYMENT & TRANSITION ANNUAL ISSUE • BY SARAH ROTH CAREGIVERS WHOSE KIDS ARE TRANSITIONING INTO ADULTHOOD EXPRESS HIGH LEVELS OF STRESS. ONE EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR REDUCING STRESS IS THE CULTIVATION OF A MINDFULNESS PRACTICE. Guiding your young adult from pediatric to adult care is no simple task. The healthcare system is fragmented and difficult to navigate. Care is enmeshed in the world beyond the clinic or hospital. And resources for ongoing social […]