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Dog Days of Summer are here!

  I spent the last two weeks on a family vacation. I didn’t announce it on here prior due to safety reasons, and I had posts written and scheduled to appear as business as usual. Today we are getting back into the swing of things, K went to his first day of ESY and we […]

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Can we please stop telling others how to talk to us? (in that passive-aggressive way)

If you are on Facebook with your friends like I am, presumably you have other moms on your friends list who are also special needs parents. Moms who we’ve met a school, support groups, therapy appointments, charity events…you know how it is. And of course you all share articles and essays that you find that […]

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Weekly listing of free or frugal fun family activities~weekend of July 25

Every week I publish a list of free or low-cost activities for your family. At the very least, every activity has a discount code or coupon available. Keeping the kids busy and entertained is hard, doing it on a budget is even harder. So here you go, here is this week’s list. I usually start […]

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IEP & NOREP-school age

{Ask an Advocate} questions about math strategies and dyscalculia on IEP

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Today’s question: My daughter is in 8th grade and taking pre Algebra in a main stream class. She was in a small group for math before but I wanted her to be challenged this year. She did have some difficulty in this class. I was wondering what is the best way to help her in […]

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{Ask an Advocate} questions about moving to a different state

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Today’s question: My son is currently on an IEP and Behavior Plan under the Autism category for social/behavior accommodations. We are planning on moving to KY, however, it will not be until the end of this current school year. I understand that his IEP in transferable initially if it is in the “current” academic year, […]

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{Ask an Advocate} questions about disagreeing with IEP, progress monitoring and level of services

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Today’s question: It’s time for my son’s annual ARD. We are new to this – he was only admitted into Special Ed last year following a diagnosis of Asperger’s. Despite repeated requests throughout the year, I just received his Progress Report. It shows he mastered 4 goals back in October. On the other two goals, […]

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Fun & Recreation

Weekly listing of free or frugal fun family activities~weekend of July 25

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Every week I publish a list of free or low-cost activities for your family. At the very least, every activity has a discount code or coupon available. Keeping the kids busy and entertained is hard, doing it on a budget is even harder. So here you go, here is this week’s list. I usually start […]

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Five Fun Facts about Sesame Place

I would love to meet some of these folks--I grew up with them!

Most of you know that I am a Family Blog Ambassador for Sesame Place. Having been there many, many times, even before I was an ambassador, I get an in-depth look at the park. Since I am there frequently, I may notice more details that the occasional visitor may not. I had a few questions […]

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Moms Demand Action

It Could Have Been My Son

Richard Martinez speaks at Pennsylvania Capitol

When Richard Martinez lost his son Chris in the Isla Vista shooting this past May, he implored our nation to no longer accept the reality of senseless gun violence in the United States. He asked Americans to send a postcard to their elected officials with just three words: “Not One More.” And Americans did just […]

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Systems Advocacy

{Tuesday To-Do List} renew your patriotism and resolve to get involved #specialed #disability

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As we head into a holiday weekend, I’d like to make a plea to you…readers, followers and families with special needs. Lately our causes have suffered quite a few setbacks legislatively. Important legislation that we needed to improve the lives of families with disabilities did not get passed. Why? Because it did not have enough […]

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Pennsylvania Parents~last day to submit comments about Chapter 16!

summer school extended school year

I’m really sorry for posting this with just one day left. It was on my radar, fell off. I just got too busy in May and it slipped my mind. Then I really intended to put it on this week’s Tuesday To-Do List, and I got busy, again. I saw a friend post about it […]

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{Tuesday To-Do List} Please make *1 phone call* for students with disabilities

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Hello and Happy Tuesday! Every Tuesday, I bring you an action item that you can do to support families living with disabilities. For Pennsylvania families, I’m bringing back a familiar issue–the Special Education Funding Reform bills. I know, I know, I’ve been posting, writing, talking and tweeting about it quite a bit. But this is […]

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En Espanol

Sesame Street lanza iniciativa “Ver la asombrosa en todos los niños”

Mi hijo y Abby en la ciudad de Nueva York.

Se trata de un proyecto muy divertido y emocionante de la gente más en Sesame Workshop. En el Día Mundial del Autismo, la semana pasada, se anunció que están empezando una nueva iniciativa llamada “Ver la increíble en todos los niños“, y se centrarán en los niños que tienen autismo. Si usted ha estado viendo […]

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