5 Ways To Advocate For A Child With Special Needs During A Divorce

BY MINDY STANNARD Going through a divorce can be a stressful and trying time for any parent. Parents of a child with disabilities or special needs often face additional challenges when going through a divorce. Even an amicable divorce can include many complicated issues when the parents have a child with special needs. Issues relating to decision-making, a parenting schedule, child support, alimony and division of debts and assets are especially important in cases where […]

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The Effects Of The ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) For Children With Disabilities

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. WHAT IS THE ESSA? The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ESSA is replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB.) The Council of Chief State School Officers has a chart and narrative on the crosswalk between ESSA and NCLB (see Resources). Some components of the previous law have been kept, some were revised, and other pieces are new. Here is an overview on […]

Protecting Your Child’s IEP from the Nation’s Testing Craze

BY DR. MICHAEL BERG, ED.D. Parents of children with disabilities need to be proactive and make sure all the time schools are devoting to the preparation and implementation of standardized tests does not swallow up the time that is supposed to be devoted to the implementation of their children’s IEP. High stakes standardized testing in our nation’s public schools makes regular headlines in newspapers and is often the buzz on social media. The accountability level […]

Confidential Non-medical Counseling Options for Service Members and Their Families

Military life is full of exciting and challenging times. Take advantage of free confidential non-medical counseling to help you cope through the challenging times in healthy ways. The Department of Defense makes confidential non-medical counseling available for a wide range of issues from communication and parenting skills to anger management and relationship problems. This overview of available free services will help you better understand the kinds of issues that confidential non-medical counseling can help resolve […]

HUD KICKS OFF FAIR HOUSING MONTH 2016

HUD KICKS OFF FAIR HOUSING MONTH 2016 BY LAUNCHING NATIONAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN THAT DEPICTS SHARED OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today kicked off Fair Housing Month 2016 with the launch of a new national media campaign that helps the public to envision what communities with shared opportunity for all might look like. The new campaign is designed to further educate the public about their housing rights […]

African-American Children with Disabilities

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON), AND MISHA GAREY, DDS “New census estimates foretell profound demographic change for the country.” 1 INTRODUCTION The majority of births in the United States are now by Hispanic, black and Asian mothers. It is evident that nationwide, white Americans will become a minority within about three decades and will “…be reliant on younger minorities […]

ABLE Accounts: 10 Things You Should Know

ABLE Accounts: 10 Things You Should Know What is an ABLE account? ABLE Accounts, which are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families, will be created as a result of the passage of the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 or better known as the ABLE Act. The beneficiary of the account is the account owner, and income earned by the accounts will not be taxed. Contributions […]