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Teens with Type One Diabetes
Teens with Type 1 Diabetes face the same challenges of adolescence as their mainstream peers, with the added stress of managing a chronic condition with terrible complications. They deserve ongoing support and encouragement whether diagnosed in early childhood or while dealing with a new diagnosis.

Tenderness and Childhood Disabilities
The diversity in development of children born with the same diagnosis may be even greater than the differences among mainstream children. Differences in early development do not predict the true potential of an individual. Every opportunity for support and encouragement should be given each child.

Terror Bombings in London
Our deepest sympathies go out to those involved in or affected by the terrible tragedies in London July 7th, 2005

Terrorist Attacks and Children
Children may develop anxiety or even post traumatic stress syndrome and have special needs for support and accommodations after terrorist attacks

Thanksgiving and Children with Disabilities
Children with disabilities celebrate Thanksgiving with the same traditions and expectations as their mainstream siblings and cousins. Families already make accommodations for many individuals who have no diagnosis but have histories of behavioral, personality or culinary idiosyncrasies.

The Diagnosis of Learning Disability
The correct diagnosis of a childīs learning disability can bring great relief to students and their families when the best support is offered for their learning style and special needs

The Disability Hierarchy, Equity and Advocacy
What has been described as the "Disability Hierarchy" can also be seen as the multiculturalism of our advocacy community. As diverse as individuals are within disability labels throughout cultures and ethnicities, we are also within coalitions. Equity is critical for advocacy groups and individuals.

The IEP Spectrum
Understanding the spectrum of experiences possible when students qualify for an IEP helps prepare parents to be strong advocates no matter what challenges they experience with school administrators, teachers or staff. It is better to hold on to high expectations and fall short than to give up.

The Importance of Attitudes about Prenatal Testing
Some parents and disability advocates characterize a television segment about Sequenom's MaterniT21 PLUS test for Down syndrome as an advertisement promoting negative stereotypes and misinformation. They say it was insensitive in tone, language and attitude, and lacking real parent representation.

The iPrompts Application and Childhood Disability
iPrompts is the iPhone / iPod Touch app available from HandHoldAdaptive via iTunes that uses standard pictures as well as snapshots from an iPhone camera to create schedule and other prompts for individuals who have language or behavioral barriers to communication, staying on task or transitioning.

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