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Neglected for Too Long: Dental Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

National Council on Disability An independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families. Neglected for Too Long: Dental Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Fall 2017 This policy brief is designed to provide insight concerning the lack of dental care many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)[1] continue to experience due to a shortage of properly […]

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The Whole Story

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN This is the story of autism that we need to hear, not just the young adult with autism that is a surgeon… We need to hear the whole story, no matter how uncomfortable it may be. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me if I had seen the new show on television entitled The Good Doctor. I told them I hadn’t since I don’t watch too […]

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Engaging Students With Career Pathways

One successful high school employment initiative is Bridge to Employment – an innovative, early intervention career program developed by JEVS Human Services and funded by Kessler Foundation that helps high school students with disabilities transition successfully into employment. BY LAURA VIGLIONE, M.S. Around the U.S. organizations are creating and implementing employment programs for youth with disabilities that focus not only on job readiness and skills training, but also on transitional skills necessary for students moving […]

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Camp Corral Has New Chief Development Officer

Camp Corral, a leading nonprofit advocate for military families, announced today that Lisa Brown has accepted the position as chief development officer. In this role, Brown will lead the organization’s fundraising efforts, with a primary goal to provide more military children with the opportunity of a lifetime. Since its inception in 2011, Camp Corral has provided a free week of summer camp to more than 17,000 children of wounded, injured, ill or fallen military veterans […]

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Simple “Life Hacks” For Students With Dyslexia

BY ANGELA SHAW Many parents understand that building resiliency and independence within their child will increase self-esteem, happiness, and success throughout life. However, children with dyslexia are faced daily with tasks that are extremely difficult for them and they often experience repeated failure when attempting these tasks (IDA, 2013). Therefore, anxiety is often the tenor of their lives and may be generalized in one or many aspects of their reality. Because of their vulnerability to […]

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Incidental Learning & The Deaf Child

BY J. FREEMAN KING, ED.D. Incidental learning might be defined as what a person learns through informal communicative interactions with others in public and educational settings. For children who can hear, incidental learning constitutes a major portion of their social development and world knowledge. However, for the deaf child, even though surrounded by this type of learning, it is often not accessible. There is extreme naivety on the part of parents and many school administrators […]

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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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MDA Venture Philanthropy Grant To Support Development Of ALS Biomarkers

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is pleased to announce the award of an MDA Venture Philanthropy (MVP) grant totaling $233,200 to Scottsdale, Arizona-based Iron Horse Diagnostics to support development of a prognostic test for ALS. This prognostic Such a test could help improve and accelerate clinical trials and speed the development of life-saving drugs to people with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). MVP is MDA’s drug development program, which is exclusively focused on funding the discovery and […]

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Financial Literacy For Students With Disabilities

A Necessary Life Skill for Independent Living BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. “It is important to remember that financial literacy, like all transition activities, should be started early as an ongoing process rather than waiting until the child is ‘transition age’ which is usually considered around age 14-16 in schools.” Students with disabilities need to have financial literacy as part of their transition to adult life. This will enable them to live more independently. The Arc […]

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American Association On Health And Disability

Dedicated to better health for children and adults with disabilities through health promotion and wellness. SUBMISSIONS REQUESTED BY SPECIAL OLYMPICS INTERNATIONAL (SOI) From your colleagues at AAHD. Please feel free to circulate to your constituents and colleagues. Breast cancer is a major public health concern for all women, including women with disabilities. Women with disabilities are as likely to get breast cancer as women in the general population, yet, women with disabilities often face physical, cultural and attitudinal […]