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Disability and Future Planning for Parents
Families of children with disabilities have greater responsibilities in planning for the future of their son or daughter as well as the parent who is the main caregiver, especially single moms who may not have investments, health coverage, savings or retirement plans to take care of herself later.
Teaching Children About Money
Teaching children with developmental disabilities about money, spending and saving can help them build confidence in their abilities to control their lives and achieve the goals they have set for themselves.
Halloween Safety Tips - Children with Disabilities
Halloween safety tips for children may not include specific information for families of children with disabilities but reduce the risk and increase the fun for all children who dress up, go trick-or-treating or attend inclusive Halloween parties in their communities.
Sarah Palin and Down Syndrome Awareness
The announcement of Sarah Palin as John McCain´s running mate in the 2008 Presidential election brought her infant son with Down syndrome into the spotlight in the USA and around the world.
Parent Child Interaction Therapy
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy teaches useful strategies and effective skills to parents whose children have aggressive, rebellious or otherwise challenging behaviors, to help children in difficult situations establish or rebuild relationships, and to bring some peace and comfort to the family.
A Special Olympic Athlete's Road to Gold
Book Review: Spirit, Courage, and Resolve - A Special Olympic Athlete´s Road to Gold, by Tom Lambke, and I Just Am, by Bryan Lambke
Positive Behavior Support in the Classroom
Challenging behavior was cited as a primary reason that students with IEPs had been blocked from inclusive classrooms in their neighborhood schools until 1997 amendments to IDEA established PBIS as the recommended form of behavioral intervention. PBIS is now embraced as a strategy for all students.
Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device
The light-weight, Amazon Kindle Wireless Reader offers many features to families spending long hours in waiting rooms while children are occupied in early intervention, therapy, medical treatment or other procedures. The Amazon Kindle 2 will be available late in February 2009 and is worth the wait.
Second Thoughts on the Tropic Thunder Boycott
Disability activists have called for a boycott of the 2008 summer blockbuster movie and DVD due to demeaning language, storylines and repulsive catch phrases coined for the satire that are expected to further pollute common language. I now believe everyone in my community should see Tropic Thunder.
'Tropic Thunder' Movie Affects Ordinary Lives
Ben Stiller´s movie, Tropic Thunder, offers a humiliating portrayal of a developmentally disabled character, hate language, and a ´movie within a movie´ that increases risks for individuals with intellectual disabilities who attend movies, work at theaters, or enjoy participation in community life.
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