Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress… a New Way of Thinking! #StandUpforInclusion-SantoDomingo

By Mary Ellen Bogucki PART ONE A few months ago, I wrote about the “Inclusion Revolution” and the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebration. While we were at the 50th celebration, my daughter Bree had the great honor of meeting Cándida Montilla de Medina, the First Lady of the Dominican Republic. We also had the privilege of hearing the First Lady, who is a psychologist, speak and describe all of the positive work she is doing […]

Special Care Organizational Record for Adults with Special Health Care Needs

The Special Care Organization Record for Adults is an organizing tool for families with an adult member with special health care needs. It is intended to help track and organize information in one central location and to make it easier for someone to care for your family member when you are unable to do so. This product can be downloaded now to your computer. https://download.militaryonesource.mil/12038/EFMP/PTK_SCORs/SCOR_Adult.pdf

National Family Caregivers Month 2018: Celebrating a Year of Accomplishment

National Family Caregivers Month 2018: Celebrating a Year of Accomplishment By Lance Robertson, Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging We hear repeatedly that without family caregivers, our long-term services system would be stretched to the breaking point. Family caregivers make it possible for so many of our nation’s citizens to remain independent, living in the settings of their choice. Supporting families and family caregivers in their efforts to assist their friends and loved ones is at the very […]

Holiday Travel Tips for People with Disabilities

The Transportation Security Administration has shared some important tips to help you better prepare for security screening at our Nation’s airport screening checkpoints for the 2018 holiday traveling season. In anticipation of increased wait times and long lines, we are providing the following TSA travel tips: • All travelers should arrive at least two hours early for domestic and three hours early for international flights, to allow plenty of time to get through security screening. […]

Pilot Program Supports First-Year Special Education Teachers

RICHMOND, Va. — Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane and Secretary of Education Atif Qarni today announced a pilot program to provide resources and professional development opportunities for first-year special education teachers. The program is the result of a partnership between the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), a non-profit professional association dedicated to improving outcomes for students with disabilities. “Special education is consistently the number-one critical shortage area […]

The Endless Fight for Help: Yesterday and Today

by Maxine Rosaler When I was looking for schools for my son twenty years ago, private special education schools were the only schools equipped to give autistic children anywhere near the kind of help they needed. The competition for these schools was very stiff: it was not usual to find out that there were fifty applicants for every spot. And if a parent was lucky enough to have her child accepted at one of these […]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Connie Anderson, Ph.D. IAN Community Scientific Liaison Many behavioral therapies have been used to treat young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including Applied Behavior Analysis and Pivotal Response Training. Older children, teens, and adults with ASD may benefit from another intervention with a behavioral component: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Beyond behavior Therapies based on the science of behavior have been effective for people of all ages, and are an essential item in any mental […]

Mindful Return, LLC Launches A First-Of-Its-Kind Online Program For Working Mothers Of Special Needs Infants And Toddlers

“Mindful Return’s Balancing Career with a Special Needs Baby” helps career women thrive both at work and home Washington, DC, November 28, 2018– Two working mothers have teamed up to create the first program of its kind, called “Mindful Return’s Balancing Career with a Special Needs Baby.” The inaugural session of the 4-week e-course will launch on January 7, 2019, on MindfulReturn.com. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, in 2016-17 18.8% of children […]