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November 9 2012 Children with Special Needs Newsletter

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the terrible storm Sandy.

At this time, many neighborhoods are still without power, and some areas have experienced great destruction and the loss of homes and whole neighborhoods.

Stories like these amaze me:
UnconVENTional Aid: Helping Nick Dupree, Social Networking Style
Nick Dupree & his partner Alejandra were both in Manhattan. It was impossible for any nurses to come provide care for Nick. Nick & Alejandra had lost power. This wasn’t good at all.

Via twitter from Ellen Seidman @LoveThatMax
Disaster relief for families of kids with special needs: a roundup of resources.

From Love That Max: Helping kids with special needs understand the destruction of Sandy

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Special Needs Radio ‏@TheCoffeeKlatch
Please help families affected by #Sandy The Coffee Klatch Sandy Relief Clothing, Blanket and Toy Drive http://thecoffeeklatch.com/the-coffee-klatch-sandy-disaster-relief-drive/

After the Storm: A Guide to Help Children Cope with the Psychological Effects of a Hurricane http://www.psy.miami.edu/faculty/alagreca/after_the_storm.pdf
Activities for Children

rob delaney ‏@robdelaney
My very short piece on Sandy, the rescued NICU babies & Medicaid:

Via Twitter from Disability Scoop @disabilityscoop
In Sandy’s Wake, Impact On Those With Disabilities Unclear

Dr. Don G's Deafhood Discourses
"Ching Chong" ASL: Not Acceptable
Captions start at 0.16

Why Great Sign Language Interpreters Are So Animated

Readout of the President’s Briefing on Response and Recovery Efforts

Amer. Library Assn. ‏@ALALibrary
Hurricane #Sandy: Federal and state web pages

Occupy Wall Street ‏@OccupyWallStNYC
Occupy Sandy’s Street Medics Go Door-to-Door in Coney Island

s.e. smith ‏@sesmithwrites
Sandy's impact on disability community still needs assessment.

@KelleHampton Hey Kelle- Here is my post I mentioned yesterday
on Instagram. Thanks again for your donation!

Lisa P. Jackson, EPA ‏@lisapjackson
EPA is assisting FEMA in the Hurricane #Sandy response to help protect people's health and the environment.
More info:

Yoko Ono ‏@yokoono
Donate to @RedCross Hurricane Sandy Appeal to help USA Haiti Cuba Bahamas PuertoRico DominicanRepublic & Jamaica

The White House ‏@whitehouse In times of crisis, Americans look out for one another. Watch: http://on.wh.gov/g2AOkE & find out how to help: http://wh.gov/sandy

Russell Simmons ‏@UncleRUSH
Thousands of people need help! Here are 5 SIMPLE ways to help victims of #Sandy >>

The 'anxiety curve model'
Visually illustrates the power of anxiety and its influence on behavior

A Boy and a Bear
Relaxation Story introduces deep breathing to decrease stress & anger while promoting peaceful sleep

Breaking News Storm ‏@breakingstorm
Update: New Jersey reporting about 10,000 new outages due to nor'easter, mostly in southern part of the state

Storm forces FEMA disaster recovery efforts to shut down

Governor Christie ‏@GovChristie
The First Lady has started the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Please visit http://SandyNJRelieffund.org to find out more.

The Washington Post ‏@washingtonpost
Nor’easter photos from snowy New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

Storm forces FEMA disaster recovery efforts to shut down

Those affected by superstorm Sandy or other natural disasters,
check out NECTAC's web page on Disasters

Education Week ‏@educationweek
One NYC teacher offers advice for others in storm-affected areas after Hurricane #Sandy:

Severe Weather Events - Childhood Disabilities

Winter Storm Preparations for Families

Amazon wishlist - Staten Island Sandy recovery supplies

Wedding Registry used for Sandy Relief Supplies

Managing Emergencies at School

Our thoughts and prayers are also with those affected by the earthquake in Guatemala
Dozens killed in mountain villages
Guatemala earthquake: residents fear aftershocks

Such a shock. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Advocate Barbara Curtis passes away Oct 30 - hemoral stroke

Stories like this worry me.
Officials Told Rockaway Beach Nursing Homes Not To Evacuate Ahead Of Storm

Please visit specialneedschildren.bellaonline.com for even more great content about Children with Special Needs.

Tenderness and Childhood Disabilities

Winter Challenges - Childhood Disabilities

Diabetes Info for Classmates

Down Syndrome & Diabetes Dual Diagnosis

CA: DSALA 18th Annual Down Syndrome Buddy Walk & Festival Sunday Nov 11
Santa Anita Park Gate 6 Arcadia

Jessica Giddens, Lakeside homecoming queen with
Down syndrome, says crown 'means the world to her'
The opposite of Down: Homecoming queen Jessica
Giddens makes history
Augusta, Georgia high school's newest Homecoming Queen
Jessica Giddens was escorted by her father, retired Col. John Giddens. Is this the same man who was commander of the 249th General Hospital at Bagram in 2005?
"I was very honored to walk with my daughter across that field, just to hear the crowd scream for her when they announced her name sent a well of emotions up through me," described Retired Col. John Giddens, Jessica's father.
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan — The population of Afghanistan grew slightly Saturday, thanks in part to a pair of Black Hawk crews and a 25-year-old flight medic from Wiesbaden, Germany.
Army Spc. Kyle Storbakken helped an Afghan mother deliver a healthy 6½-pound baby while aboard the Black Hawk flying to the U.S. military base Salerno.
“This was my first delivery,” Storbakken said via a phone interview from Salerno, a remote base a few hours away by helicopter from Bagram.
It was the first such delivery that anyone associated with the current medical mission in country had knowledge of. Col. John Giddens, the commander of the 249th General Hospital at Bagram, said most Afghans the hospital sees are those critically injured by mines, accidents or attacks by anti-coalition forces.
“It’s very nice to have a joyful emergency coming through our doors,” he said. ...

I was so moved by this mother's story. Many thanks to Lorraine C. Ladish
for sharing her view, and to Eliana Tardio for sending me there.
Here's a personal story and the reasons why our Editor-in-Chief is grateful for
President Obama's victory.

6-Year-Old with Brain and Spine Tumors Battles Cancer While His Family Battles Sandy

Darling dolls with no hair, two trendy outfits, 1 hat, bead bracelet
Bratz True Hope dolls
Boyz True Hope Doll

Wrightslaw has some great tips for parents who feel they
are in a crisis situation with their child's school.

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Pamela Wilson, Children with Special Needs Editor

WA: Teen Sibshop 2-5 pm Sunday Nov 18 Inclusion King (County)

Health & Wellness Center Bothell

Dads! Please Respond to Fathers Network Survey
Washington State Fathers Network comparing info: WSFN dads & nonWSFN

President Obama:
"It doesn't matter if you are.... able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it in America if you work hard and are willing to try."

ThinkCollege ‏@thinkcollegeICI
http://Disability.gov is looking for captioned photographs or video answering "What's your connection to disability?"

Moms and The City ‏@Momsandthecity
What I Will Teach My Children About Our President (OPINION)
http://bit.ly/PUk5Go via @ParentsMagazine

Holly Rossi ‏@HollyRossi
Looking Forward to Post-Sandy Humanity in a Second Obama Administration (OPINION):

Bill Shackleton ‏@CRPDisabilities
NIH To Launch Down Syndrome Registry http://ow.ly/eRQ2p

jason alexander ‏@IJasonAlexander
Help me & @originalsoupman help those who were affected by #Sandy! A $10 donation helps us feed approximately 15 people http://originalsoupman.com/good-deeds

Our @Whitehead_Dave informs readers on the courage of #Sandy victims how
and @AARPCares plans to help:

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