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Housing Discrimination and Childhood Disabilities
Landlords and neighbors sometimes discriminate against families who have children with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions, physical disabilities or other special needs. Whether parents take a stand against prejudice or walk away from it, haters can be motivators for advocacy.
How Children with Type 1 Diabetes Survive
The bodies of Children with Type 1 Diabetes have lost the ability to make the insulin they need to survive. Undiagnosed children with T1D are at risk of permanent disability, coma, or death from high blood sugar, and once diagnosed, are at risk for seizures or death due to low blood sugar every day.
Hurricane Katrina - Help the Families
Hurricane Katrina has caught up families of children with disabilities and health conditions in the devastation and they need our support to survive; Hurricane Rita may result in similar destruction along the Gulf coast of Texas.
Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief - Children with Disabilities, Health Issues or other Special Needs
Disability support and advocacy organizations that are participating in rescue or relief operations, and seeking donations or support for victims of Hurricane Katrina
IDEA - Education Law
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) of the U.S. Department of Education has a series of topic briefs regarding the IDEA Improvement Act of 2004. Part B is relevant for ages 3 to 21 and Part C is for ages birth throu
IEP Goals for Children with Special Needs
Writing IEP goals for children with special needs can be a challenge for teachers and other school personnel who are not yet familiar with your child as an individual
IEP Preparation - Teacher Support
Preparing for an IEP meeting may be more stressful than planning an appropriate IEP for a child with special educational needs
Inappropriate Comments in Inclusive Congregations
Raising a child with a developmental disability and chronic health condition has introduced me to a greater appreciation for welcoming congregations. They can unfortunately be sabotaged by certain conversations. Many of us avoid or choose not to respond to these topics when our children are present.
Inappropriate Remarks from Other Parents
Topics including prenatal diagnosis, adoption and foster care can be inappropriate when families of children with special needs are sharing their experiences in early intervention, advocacy or support groups. It is important to be considerate and kind when speaking with other families.
Incessantly Crying Babies: Colic and Purple Crying
New parents of young babies may be overwhelmed by incessant crying just at the time when it is least likely that they can find out what works to soothe their child. Adult sleep deprivation and the changes a baby introduces into the household can make dealing with the 'purple stage' difficult.
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