A Parent’s Guide to A Successful Kindergarten Transition

What should I know about transitioning a preschooler with special needs? If your child has special needs, you may have additional decisions to make about the length of your child’s school day, different school sites, or program types. It is important to begin working with the school team as early as possible so that everyone, especially your child, feels comfortable with all the changes that will occur. For incoming kindergartners with special needs, the federal […]

Changing Minds and Changing Lives

Hiring people with disabilities is not about charity—it’s about smart business. By: Kris Foss Nearly 40 percent of employers are having challenges hiring qualified employees, while at the same time one in five people in the United States have some type of disability and are facing challenges in getting hired.  Some disabilities are visible, such as physical disabilities, and some are hidden; including mental health conditions, medical conditions, learning and cognitive disabilities.  We also have […]

Your Child’s Move from Early Intervention to Preschool Special Education Services

As your toddler approaches his or her third birthday, early intervention practitioners will work with you to plan your child’s transition from early intervention and, if potentially eligible, to preschool special education services. This transition involves key decisions about your child’s future. By communicating and collaborating with both the early intervention program staff and the preschool program staff, you can share information you need to actively participate in the transition planning process, share your concerns […]

Title V Programs for Children with Special Needs

Every state has services for children with special health care needs. The Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, or Title V of the Social Security Act, funds these services. The grant tasks each state with ensuring the health of our nation’s women and children, including children with special health care needs and their families. Each state is permitted to tailor its services and programs to best meet its specific needs. This variation between states […]

10 Back To School Tips For Kids With Autism & Special Needs

Article by Ilana Danneman – Pediatric Physical Therapist 1. Do your research First, find out as much as you can about your child’s next year. Will they need extra support? Is the school aware of their challenges? Can you meet with your child’s teacher(s) before school starts so you can set a game plan that is comfortable for everyone? 2. Dress for Success Does your school have a dress code? Makes sure you include the […]

An Overview of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

Every child deserves a quality education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ensures that all children with special needs have access to a “free appropriate public education” and they have the necessary tools to meet their educational goals. The act governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to eligible children with disabilities, ages birth through 21. Here’s an overview of the provisions: What’s the history of the act? […]

Quick Guide to Parents Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education

Parents of children who receive or may be eligible for special education services have rights under The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2014). An important part of these laws provides parents with the right to participate in their children’s education. This document will give an overview of laws affecting the provision of special education to assist you in understanding your rights and responsibilities in the special education process. The school district must give you a […]

Know Before They Go: Details to consider when preparing your child with special needs to attend college classes

  Authors: Paul Curd, Psy.D. & Kerri Holferty, M.Ed.  Attending college can be a time of exciting opportunity, academic achievement, and personal growth. It can also be stressful trying to stay current on assignments while navigating new relationships and new expectations. These stressors can significantly impact any student. However, if a student is also trying to manage the limitations of their particular disability during their academic experience, college can become even more stressful. Managing health issues, appointments […]

Helping Your Child Transition into a New School Year

by Oran Tkatchov As our children put the past school year behind them during summer break, there might be many changes on the horizon that can be a source of anxiety for them.  A new teacher? New building? New classmates? New routines? These changes can be overwhelming for all kids, but especially for those who need additional guidance in establishing routines and developing new relationships.  Below are five suggestions that can help to minimize the […]

Health Disparities for Adults with IDD Make Inclusive Health a Worthy Goal

By Janet Shouse Did you know that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities die an average of 16 years earlier than typical Americans? And unlike other Americans, women with IDD die earlier than men with IDD. This is not information any of us really want to hear. So why is this happening? We know that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a higher rate of co-occurring physical disorders, such as epilepsy, chronic constipation, obesity, […]