Smithsonian Highlights Special Olympics History and Athletes

“Special Olympics at 50” Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion in Sports The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open “Special Olympics at 50” July 10, a new display showcasing 50 years of Special Olympics. Founded at a time when people with intellectual disabilities (ID) were often institutionalized or hidden away, Special Olympics changes attitudes about the abilities and talents of children and adults with ID—giving them the chance to train their bodies, build confidence, meet […]

66 Autistic Children Treated to Back-to-School Shoes by Grant from the Thomas Davis Foundation

Children at Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health receive free shoes for Back to School Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation provides $4,300 Back-to-School shopping spree for children in residential autism treatment program. GREENVILLE, S.C – More than 60 children in Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health’s residential treatment program were treated to a shopping spree to pick out shoes for back to school, thanks to a $4,300 donation from the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation. “We were so touched […]

Parental Perspectives on Down Syndrome Research Webinar – July 31 – NTG notice

In our webinar series this year, participants have heard from researchers and me about the exciting research that is getting closer to clinical trials and the potential outcomes these promising interventions could have on individuals with Down syndrome. Today, I invite you to register for our July 31st webinar to hear about the priorities, expectations and concerns for Down syndrome research that families have. Parental Perspectives on Down Syndrome Research and 5 ways to families can […]

Northeast Arc, Flutie Foundation and Accion Team Up to Launch New Opportunity Lending Program

Lending program will provide microloans to advance business goals and employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism Boston, Mass. (July 16, 2018) – Northeast Arc, the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism and Accion announced today the launch of a new program, Opportunity Lending, which will provide microloans to enhance employment and business opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. Loans ranging from $1,000 to $250,000 will be available to individuals who wish […]

ASPB Therapy Pathways Opens Its Doors in Naperville to Help Families Impacted by Autism

(Naperville, IL) With a commitment to helping families whose young children are affected by autism and other developmental disabilities, ASPB Therapy Pathways recently opened its Naperville center to offer specialized pediatric services. Kiya Olson, ASPB’s owner, a licensed professional counselor and board certified behavior analyst, explained that the agency has been providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and other developmental therapies for in-home programming since 2007. Its board certified behavior analysts, child development specialists and state credentialed […]

Free Webinar: Parenting a Child with Special Needs Roundtable

Shield HealthCare invites you to join us on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 for a free webinar: Roundtable Discussion: Parenting a Child with Special Needs – Presented by Alethea Mshar, special needs mom and blogger, and a guest panel featuring special needs parents who are active in the special needs community: Jamie Sumner, Dr. Liz Matheis, and James Leach. Register Now Webinar Overview: Raising a child with complex medical, developmental and mental health needs can be a […]

Judge rules, Massachusetts school can continue using electric shocks on special needs students

Practice has been condemned by disability rights groups and the ACLU BY EMILY SHUGERMAN   A Massachusetts school will be allowed to continue administering electric shocks to its special needs students after a judge ruled the procedure conformed to the “accepted standard of care”. The Judge Rotenberg Centre (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts, is the only school in the US to use the technique, which has been condemned by disability rights organisations, the American Civil Liberties […]

Northeast Arc, Flutie Foundation and Accion Team Up to Launch New Opportunity Lending Program

Lending program will provide microloans to advance business goals and employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism Boston, Mass. (July 16, 2018) – Northeast Arc, the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism and Accion announced today the launch of a new program, Opportunity Lending, which will provide microloans to enhance employment and business opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. Loans ranging from $1,000 to $250,000 will be available to individuals who wish […]

With a Sense of Urgency Advocates Meet with Members of Congress

Arlington, Va., July 12, 2018 – Over 260 dedicated special education professionals from 46 states volunteered their time to storm Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and advocate on behalf of children and youth with exceptionalities, and their professional colleagues. At an early morning rally on July 10, Senator Cory Booker praised the advocates for their work, while voicing his concern for what he called a profession in crisis. “We must do all we can to prepare each […]

Meet the Parents Behind the NBA’s Sensory Inclusion Initiative

Who knew that a simple tweet from Amy Belles to Quicken Loans Area would result in two parents from Akron, Ohio, assisting the NBA in developing state-of-the-art sensory programs for their venues. After a disappointing experience involving her son and an arena employee, Amy Belles contacted the Q as locals call it to suggest that their staff be trained to better accommodate individuals with autism like her son. Before she knew it, Amy and her […]