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High School Transition and Graduation Options
Most students entering high school with an IEP or combination IEP/504 plan qualify for transition planning and transition services from age 14 through age 21, and are encouraged to participate in homecoming and other events, including satisfying options for participation in graduation ceremonies.

Disability Parking Placards - Childhood Disability
Families use disability parking placards for health and safety reasons, managing wheelchairs and other equipment, for childhood disabilities including those affecting mobility, breathing, cardiac issues, vision impairment, sensitivity to vehicle emissions or dificulties walking more than 200 feet.

Teaching Students in Inclusive Classrooms
Teachers often build inclusive classrooms for mainstream children to develop better social skills, self discipline, higher self esteem, encourage academic competence or to support special ed students with IEPs through Universal Design in education curriculum, modifying lesson plans and peer support.

Nick Jonas and Diabetes Awareness
Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers band announced he had developed insulin dependent diabetes in 2007 when he was 14 years old. He raises awareness about type one diabetes, encourages other teens and children with juvenile diabetes, inspires self-expression and supports fundraising for research.

Back to School with Down Syndrome
If you are a parent or a teacher expecting a student with Down syndrome in your classroom and plan to help other students to include a classmate with Down syndrome, congratulations. Classroom supports and inclusion do benefit mainstream classrooms, teachers and their schools.

TV Actors Who Have Down Syndrome
Television actors with Down syndrome have played many TV roles, including Jason Kingsley - The Fall Guy in 1984 and Chris Burke - Life Goes On 1989 - 1993; now, Luke Zimmerman - The Secret Life of the American Teenager; also Andrea Friedman, Brad Silverman, Louise Brown, Blair Williamson and others.

Medicaid Limits on Diabetes Testing Supplies
New Medicaid limits on diabetes testing supplies for children and teens with insulin dependent diabetes will cause far greater expense in medical care, including emergency events requiring paramedics, emergency room visits, and hospitalization. Best practices advise regular and frequent monitoring.

Encouraging Fussy Babies and Sensitive Toddlers
Most babies have fussy periods, and toddlers go through stages where they are uncomfortably sensitive to touch or texture. Parents of those who experience ongoing sensory defensiveness, sensory integration challenges or a sensory processing disorder appreciate soothing S.I. therapy techniques.

Teaching Relatives To Be Caregivers
Teaching family members to care for your while who is partially disabled by developmental delays, a chronic health condition, or other special needs may be more complicated than training a babysitter or other caregiver. Some relatives may be less likely to follow your expertise, rules or wishes.

Interviewing Caregivers for Your Child or Teen
Parents of children with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions, or other special needs may assume that any caregiver on an agency list has the training, experience, or basic skills to care for their son or daughter. Agency training may cover only filling out paperwork or timecards.

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