A Lifetime Of Good Health

In recent years, Health Promotion has been spreading outside the screening “tent” and to the field of play and community with Special Olympics Athletes serving as health leaders. BY PEYTON PURCELL, MPH Like any athlete, Special Olympics athletes who are fit, at a healthy weight, have strong bone density and normal blood pressure are better able to compete in their sport, contribute at work and enjoy activities in their daily lives. But people with intellectual […]

Beyond Guardianship: Toward Alternatives That Promote Greater Self-Determination for People with Disabilities

Baltimore, MD – The National Council on Disability (NCD) – an independent federal advisory body – today will release and discuss the findings and recommendations of a seminal national report that thoroughly examines guardianship – the process through which an adult can be found legally incapable of making decisions for him or herself and another adult appointed to make decisions on behalf of that individual – in view of the estimated 1.3 million Americans subject […]

Interpreting for Deaf Students: Facts and Fantasies

Students who benefit from the services of an interpreter also have to be developmentally, cognitively, and socially accustomed to navigating the educational experience. BY J. FREEMAN KING, ED.D. Parents, school districts, teachers, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists involved in education of deaf children are often ill advised regarding the effectiveness of interpreters in public school mainstreamed classes. Even though interpreting services are often recommended in the deaf student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), what is overlooked is […]

The Kaufman Music Center’s Summer Musical Theater Workshop

At Kaufman Music Center’s five-week Summer Musical Theater Workshop, kids participate in all aspects of producing a show, which culminates in a full-scale production in Merkin Concert Hall. Professional theater directors, writers and composers work with groups of kids age 5-15 on seven brand new, original musicals inspired by a theme. The children, who represent a diverse and enthusiastic group of NYC’s youngest theater fans, will star in the musicals in three performances at Kaufman […]

Endrew F. Supreme Court Case: Strengthening The Voices Of Families At IEP Meetings

Many parents have had an experience similar to the one faced by Endrew F.’s parents, in which their child’s IEP goals don’t vary each year and there is lack of progress. BY DIANA AUTIN, MARIA DOCHERTY AND LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. The recent Supreme Court case, Endrew F. vs. Douglas County School District, has implications for parents participating in the IEP (Individualized Education Program) development for their child. The decision clarifies the rights of children with […]

11 Tips For Selecting A School For Your Child With Special Needs

People will throw names of schools out to you and all sorts of ideas. But it comes down to your child and his or her needs — not what worked for someone else. BY AMI NEIBERGER-MILLER, APR, MA Selecting a school for your child who is coping with special needs can be a daunting task for any parent or guardian. In this article, we talk with the staff at the Episcopal Center for Children (the […]

The Sacrifices Rare Disease Caregivers Make: National Alliance for Caregiving

First-of-its-Kind Study Looks at the Impact of Rare Disease on Family Caregivers Caregivers and Families Face Life-Altering Challenges: Support Services Rarely Used (Washington, D.C. Feb. 28) Findings from a first-of-its-kind national snapshot of caregivers of individuals with a rare disease or condition paint a picture of friends and families facing emotional, financial, physical, and social strain with little support from outside resources. The National Alliance for Caregiving, in partnership with Global Genes, released findings of an online study […]

PA Summer Camp Hosts 100 Grieving Boys & Girls

WHAT: This summer, August 13 – 18, at Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge in Equinunk, PA, boys and girls will come together to spend a week at “Experience Camp.” Experience Camps provide free, oneweek camps for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. Along with swimming, arts and crafts, and team sports, the kids take part in bereavement activities including sharing circles where they are encouraged to talk about […]

PBS KIDS Announces Adaptive Apparel Collection Available Exclusively At ZAPPOS

Zappos and PBS KIDS unveil a sensory-friendly, adaptive clothing line; programming; digital resources; and more during Autism Awareness Month  Arlington, Va., April 11, 2018 – Today, PBS KIDS and Zappos Adaptive are introducing a line of gender-neutral two-way reversible adaptive apparel with kid-friendly designs that promote independence for all children. Manufactured by 4WARD Clothing, the PBS KIDS Adaptive Apparel Collection will soon be available exclusively at Zappos.com. The PBS KIDS Adaptive Apparel Collection includes t-shirts and lounge pants designed […]

Looking at School Placements from Both Sides of the Table

BY JOANNE DESIMONE As the outreach coordinator for the Alliance of Private Special Education Schools of North Jersey, I help parents and district case managers find appropriate placement options for their students. As a special educator and parent of two children with disabilities, I use the knowledge I’ve acquired, sitting on both sides of the table. When parents call me for placement options, I especially lean on the experience I had with my younger son […]