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healthy and happy firsts~let’s help all kids achieve them~share this to unlock 30,000 free vaccines!

This month is August…but it’s also Blogust! (rhymes with August, get it?) August is the month when some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share stories about Happy and Healthy Firsts. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or […]

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Organic Pet Foods – Hype or Healthy

As pet owners, we are all concerned about the happiness, health and safety of our precious pets. Of course, a lot of pet owners dogs and cats. We take the time to select the most entertaining and interesting toys and playthings for our pets. We seek out specialty systems to ensure our pets’ safety outdoors, […]

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Brian emptying rocks out of his shoes while we visited the anthracite furnace.

{special needs travel review} Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Recently I took both of my boys up to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. It is located in Berks County, in Elverson. From where we live it was about a 45-minute drive. It was a cool and cloudy afternoon for July so it was not a pool day. Since we were fresh off the heels […]

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{great gift idea} VTech CareLine phone system~increases independence!

I was recently asked by Mom It Forward if I wanted to receive a VTech CareLine phone system to check out and share with my readers. I knew just by checking out the link that they sent me that this was going to be a great product. They asked that I share this with you […]

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  1. healthy and happy firsts~let’s help all kids achieve them~share this to unlock 30,000 free vaccines!
  2. Organic Pet Foods – Hype or Healthy
  3. easiest way to cut corn off the cob
  4. tips and encouragement for parents to attend conferences
  5. {TGIF} Fun Friday Blog Giveaway Linkup~weekend of August 22

IEP & NOREP-school age

{Ask an Advocate} SAT scores, GPA and applying to colleges

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Seems like everyone is really on summer break…I haven’t gotten an Ask An Advocate question since May! Today’s question: My son will be a senior this fall. He has a language-based disability, some dyslexia and ADHD. This combination of disabilities lead to low scores in the writing part of the SAT compared to the reading […]

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{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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Fun & Recreation

{review} Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie~what’s up with that PG-13 rating?

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Last weekend, I was invited to an advanced screening of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, which opens August 8. This was for the 2014 movie…I never saw the other one! If you are new here….well, I said yes, ha ha! I have a now 5-year-old who first started getting into the TMNT when […]

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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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Moms Demand Action

The New Normal Is Unacceptable

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Earlier this month, I flew from Pennsylvania to Denver to participate in the Moms Demand Action leadership boot camp. There, I met 200 moms (and dads!) from across the country that are determined to reduce gun violence in America. In one of the first small group sessions, we discussed why we joined this movement. Some […]

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Special Needs Travel Reviews and Ideas

tips for seeing Monster Jam (+ chance to win 4 tickets for 2014)

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Ok, I said I would get this giveaway up and going today and I am. Whew! Back to school has me crazy this year. Anyway, I am just over the moon that I am doing yet another giveaway for Monster Jam tickets! Over the moon, I tell you! Why? Well, first, sentimental reasons. They are […]

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{special needs travel review} Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Brian emptying rocks out of his shoes while we visited the anthracite furnace.

Recently I took both of my boys up to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. It is located in Berks County, in Elverson. From where we live it was about a 45-minute drive. It was a cool and cloudy afternoon for July so it was not a pool day. Since we were fresh off the heels […]

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{special needs travel review} Hershey: Lodge, Chocolate World, Troegs

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Last week I attended a conference at Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. I will be summarizing some of the conference in a different post,  but I also wanted to use the opportunity to do a mini-review of some of what we visited while we were there. It’s a lot to cover three venues in one […]

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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!

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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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