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The Importance of Attitudes about Prenatal Testing
Some parents and disability advocates characterize the Today Show segment about Sequenom's MaterniT21 PLUS test for Down syndrome as impartial as an advertisement, promoting negative stereotypes and misinformation; insensitive in tone, language and attitude; and lacking real parent representation.
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 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 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
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.
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
Terror Bombings in London
Our deepest sympathies go out to those involved in or affected by the terrible tragedies in London July 7th, 2005
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.
Teens with Disabilities - Transition to Adulthood
Children with special needs often have the same transition issues, instincts and preferences as their mainstream peers, and benefit from programs that address these as well as their individual needs
Teens and Pre-Teens with Down Syndrome
Teenagers and children in transition to adolescence who are growing up with Down syndrome often face the same challenges as their mainstream peers, and may also experience additional struggles that are just as important to evaluate and understand. Reliable resources are available for families.
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