A GPS for Families of People with Special Needs – Part Six

BY LAUREN AGORATUS INTRODUCTION I wrote this manual to help other families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who work with them. My daughter now has five life-threatening conditions, and autism just to keep things interesting. We have been through everything from early intervention to currently going through transition to adult care. I hope this helps you on your journey. Part VI follows; to review Parts I – V, see the September through […]

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Announces 2016 Federal Training Courses

EEOC Announces 2016 Federal Training Courses New Courses Added on Special Emphasis Program Manager & Unlawful Harassment WASHINGTON — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Federal Operations (OFO), today announced the issuance of the 2016 Federal Training Course Calendar, which includes two new courses: Special Emphasis Program Manager and Unlawful Harassment: An Agency Responsibility. The full calendar is available online on the EEOC Training Institute’s website. EEOC offers a variety of expert […]

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 […]

Unique Summer Camp for Children Who Use Computers to Communicate

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ: Camp Chatterbox, sponsored by Children’s Specialized Hospital, is a weeklong overnight camp for children and young adults, ages 5-22, who use synthesized Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. Chatterbox offers two unique programs – a Family Program for children ages 5-14 and an Independence and Self-Advocacy Program for teens and young adults ages 15-22. All campers must be able to participate in the program without requiring one-on-one behavioral support. All campers are involved […]

A Memorable Place to Live

ANCORA IMPARO – RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The leading cause of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is aging. And that applies to all of us. It had to happen. It’s been in the cards all along. We’re getting older. And it now applies to all of us. The “all of us” applies to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who had historically been relegated to shorter lifespans. And while that deserves the celebratory release […]