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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 […]

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Internships Ease Transition To Post-21 Life

BY RACHEL EZEKIEL-FISHBEIN Internships can pave the way for a more satisfying life with rich connections to community and meaningful experiences, and possibly employment. “Good morning. It’s nice to see you. I have a delivery for you. Would you like a newspaper?” asks Annie Kramer-Golinkoff, using head switches to access her Dynavox augmentative communication device. Annie maneuvers the hallways of JEVS’ Human Services’ administrative offices in downtown Philadelphia expertly with her power wheelchair, stopping at […]

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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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Obesity In Children With Developmental Delays

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT You get to influence your child’s health and set the pattern that, when your child grows, another caregiver will accommodate. Does your child participate in physical education class at school? How much screen time does your child get every day? Does your child eat any vegetables? The CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) finds that children with developmental disabilities have a higher prevalence of obesity than […]