January 18 2012 Children with Special Needs Newsletter
A History of Early Intervention and Advocacy
The first early intervention programs for children with developmental disabilities began as preschool studies of children with Down syndrome. Films, photos and videos showing their potential and accomplishments raised professional and public awareness, like today's advocates using social media.
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Is Diversity Like A New Box of Crayons?
Expressing Friendship with Valentines
Cataracts and Childhood Disabilities
Wearing Glasses in Early Childhood
Diabetes Information for Classmates and their Families
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@TheArcUS A great story on Ryan Langston, a child model with Down syndrome, featured in Target and Nordstrom ads – http://on.msnbc.com/A3vf4L
@DownSynAdvocacy FL research study: Babies at 6 months use lip-reading in learning to talk
@mamatude Hospital Denies Kidney Transplant to Girl With Intellectual Disability http://bit.ly/A9mgYE
@downsynadvocacy Experts Call 'Scream Rooms' Untherapeutic, Harmful To Children And Others At School http://tinyurl.com/6tzezuy
@philnel Dr. Seuss on conditioned laughter, racist humor, and why adults are “obsolete children.”
@disabilityscoop Natl Assn for Education of African American Children w/ Learning Disabilities to train parents to advocate effectively
@DiabetesHealth After Shock http://bit.ly/xZnLSG
@PatientSafety01 Two American Indian Academics Examine the Media Slant as
the Diabetes Crisis Looms: The US Health and Human Services ... http://bit.ly/y3ZBya
@DownSynAdvocacy Lives Worth Saving: Organ Transplantation, People w/ Disabilities
2004 Natl Working Group Disability and Transplantation
@downsynadvocacy Jason and His Snowman
One of my favorite snapshots from our recent snowfall playday
@IMDb Winner, Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Peter Dinklage for "Game of Thrones" imdb.to/wTDAWZ
At Golden Globes, Peter Dinklage shouted out Martin Henderson who was
paralyzed in an attack inspired by England's"dwarf-tossing" rugby team.
@thearcofnj Respected blogger, disabilities advocate Dave Hingsburger
calls for "day of mourning" for lives lost in institutions: http://bit.ly/xyKDLC
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Thank you for encouraging and supporting children with special needs, their siblings, and all our families within your own community. Getting through the tough times and enjoying the great moments of our children's lives is something we have in common with one another and with all parents. You may be inspiring or comforting others without realizing how important you are to your friends and neighbors. Hang in there!
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Pamela Wilson, Children with Special Needs Editor
Encouraging Friendship - Childhood Disabilities
Advocating for Children with Type One Diabetes
Bacterial and Viral Pneumonia
Severe Weather Events and Children
Family Games for Parties - Social and Educational
Holiday Party Planning and Childhood Disabilities
Asking More from Medical Professionals
Patient Advocacy for Children in Hospitals
Service Animals and Childhood Disability
Service Dog Etiquette
Assistive Listening Devices for the Classroom
Recess Skills for Children
IEP Preparation - Teacher Support
Speech Therapy for Children
(Over) Preparing for the IEP Meeting
Mental Wellness in Pregnancy and Motherhood
Letter to Myself on Diagnosis Day
Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World
Cutting with Scissors and Other Fine Motor Skills
Teaching Handwriting to Children
Organ Transplants and Developmental Disabilities
The Disability Hierarchy, Equity and Advocacy
Young Adults with Down Syndrome Inspire New Moms http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art171845.asp
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