Easter Egg Hunts

Special Needs Easter Egg Hunts and Quiet/Caring Easter Bunny events

Several weeks ago, I put a call out for my readers to send me information about Special Needs Easter Egg Hunts or Quiet Easter Bunny or Caring Easter Bunny events for the 2014 Easter season. Unfortunately, I only got two responses. I will be doing some internet searches to add more information to this post, […]

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books, reading disabilities

Bookshare: Books without Barriers

I went to an Assistive Technology conference today (Nov. 2011) can’t wait to share! One of the things I learned about today is Bookshare. Author’s note: This post is originally from November of 2011, but it had some broken links and outdated information. So, I dug it out, cleaned it off and it’s as good […]

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8 Cheap Teacher Appreciation Gifts

inexpensive teacher gift ideas~for Teacher Appreciation Day or end of year

National Teacher Day is May 6 and that is just right around the corner. National Teacher Appreciation week for 2014 is May 4-10. It’s also getting near the end of the school year-time to think about giving your child’s teachers a special end of year gift. If your budget is tight and/or your child has […]

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IEP & NOREP-school age

{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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{Ask an Advocate} IEP team members need training on AT device

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Today’s question: my son is completely non verbal he has a novachat communication device we can not get the school to provide specialized training for him or the teachers with the device he needs one on one speech therapy with the device as well as classroom help. none of his teachers know what to do […]

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{Ask an Advocate} agreed upon IEP different from one Mom received

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Today’s question: I signed a signature page for my child’s IEP based on what the school and I had agreed to. The school noted what we had agreed to and read the deliberations and then I signed it. The school said they would email the whole IEP to me later. However, when I finally got […]

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Fun & Recreation

Weekly listing of free or frugal fun family activities~Easter weekend!

free family fun

Don’t miss our comprehensive list of Sensory Friendly and Special Needs Egg Hunts and other Easter Bunny events. Every week (I aim for Wednesdays!) 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 […]

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~great deals and discounts on season passes for Sesame Place~

sesame place season pass discount

We have been going to Sesame Place every spring, summer and fall for six years! I can’t believe it. And for 2014, I am more excited to go than ever! Starting today, Sesame Place is offering great discounts and deals on their season passes. This year we are extra excited because of all of the […]

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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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Inspiration

Thoughtful Thursday~April 17

albert einstein quote

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{Thoughtful Thursday} and someone gets to come in last place

Post race and post season (and the one time I'm not upset about "everyone gets a medal!")

Like many parents, while my kids are young I am trying to introduce them to a variety of extra-curricular activities. It can be tough when your child has additional physical and mental challenges. K’s motor planning is pretty poor and his processing is slow. That pretty much means any sport or activity that involves a […]

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Thoughtful Thursday~April 10

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Systems Advocacy

Has the DSM-V (autism) affected your family? The NIH wants to know!

Click to see presentation and explanations.

As I’m sure most of you are aware, the DSM was recently revised and the DSM-IV or 4 was replaced by the DSM-V or 5. Like any of the previous changes, many committees and sub-committees made up of all kinds of professionals take part in the revisions. It literally takes years for a new revision […]

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{Tuesday To-Do List} please contact Congress about the ABLE Act

Me, at the Capitol just last week!

Author’s note: I published the post below on 2/19/13 and it’s been edited. However, the wheels of legislation often turn slowly, so over a year later we are discussing the ABLE Act again. This is gathering up steam and it looks like 2014 could be the year that the ABLE Act gets passed. We just […]

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why I’m voting for Katie McGinty

katie mcginty for governor

The other day I had the opportunity to do a phone call with Pennsylvania candidate for Governor Katie McGinty. She is a Democratic candidate and unfortunately not the front runner. I have met many politicians. Some are so politician-y that you just know when you are speaking with them that it is rehearsed and not […]

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