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They Said I Couldn’t, So I Did: How I Learned To Embrace My Disability

by Chris Lenart (Shared by Chris Lenart on the Cerebral Palsy Guide, reprinted with permission.) My Life with Cerebral Palsy When I was born, there were no computers or Internet, so my parents couldn’t Google “Cerebral Palsy”. They had to research everything. Actually, when my parents found out that I had Cerebral Palsy (CP), my [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|Adult Support|Comments Off on They Said I Couldn’t, So I Did: How I Learned To Embrace My Disability

The Story Behind the Romeo Story

by April M. Whitt, Teacher and Author of the Romeo Book Series The day the writing appeared on the wall was the day…Romeo was born!  A few months ago we celebrated Romeo’s 7th birthday! That was the day he was delivered to me by my publisher. (I told her she was also now an [...]

By | March 13th, 2017|Education|Comments Off on The Story Behind the Romeo Story

Understanding School Choice Options

Understanding School Choice Options by Dr. Ilene Wilkins, CEO of UCP of Central Florida The choices for students with disabilities have grown exponentially over the past decade. Charter Schools, McKay Scholarships and the new Gardiner Scholarship (formerly the Personal Learning Scholarship) have allowed parents to select an option that best meets the unique needs of [...]

By | February 28th, 2017|Education|Comments Off on Understanding School Choice Options

Parent Disability Guide for Brevard County

What to Do If Your Child Receives a Diagnosis. Developed by Jackie Yearby and Emily DeWoody for the Interagency Council of Brevard You get the feeling that something isn’t right? Go with your gut, find a doctor or specialist and get a diagnosis, and assemble your medical team. Find a support group to understand and [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Child Development, Education, Support Group|Comments Off on Parent Disability Guide for Brevard County

Preparing For Your IEP Meeting: Before, During and After

by Pam Lindemann, The IEP Advocate There’s no doubt: An IEP is an extremely important document in your child’s education. It is very complex. so understanding the IEP process is critical. Here are some tips to relieve some of the anxiety: Before The IEP Meeting 1. More Than Just Once A Year: As the parent, [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Education|Comments Off on Preparing For Your IEP Meeting: Before, During and After

The Best Revenge I Ever Got

by Angela Becker This story starts about ten years ago, when I was in third grade. I was ten years old, and struggling somewhat in school – for good reason. While I can’t recall being bullied by my peers much (I can only think of one time when the class bully actually picked on me), [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Adult Support, Autism, Child Development, Education, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Best Revenge I Ever Got

The Forgotten Ones – a Guide to Nurturing Siblings

by Tara Zeller, MS, BCBA When a family receives a diagnosis such as autism for their child, their world is turned upside down. This goes for any family with a special needs child. Learning that your child requires highly specialized support causes a family to seek answers to the questions they ask themselves - What [...]

By | December 6th, 2016|Autism|Comments Off on The Forgotten Ones – a Guide to Nurturing Siblings

Making a Difference in Our Community

by Diana Anderson, Founder of the Special Needs Parent Support Group of Seminole County As special needs parents, we have to fight…for everything.  IEPs, services, equal treatment of our special needs children.  As our children grow older, we have to start thinking about what will happen after high school; Will they go to college?  Are [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|Autism, Support Group|Comments Off on Making a Difference in Our Community

How To Know Your Rights As A Disabled Homeowner Or Renter

by Caroline Hampton, Open Educators It can be tricky to know what your rights are as a disabled renter or homeowner, but rest assured, there are laws put in place to help disabled individuals achieve the residence they’ve always wanted--and needed--and being familiar with them can help you when it comes time to choosing a [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|Adult Support|Comments Off on How To Know Your Rights As A Disabled Homeowner Or Renter

The Unique Needs of Girls and Women with Autism

by Michele Ramsay, EdD, Program Director, CIP Brevard Center Advice from a Young Woman in College with ASD CIP Brevard Student Stephanie Smith shares insight and advice as a young woman on the autism spectrum. Why is it sometimes difficult to identify females on the autism spectrum? Have they taught themselves to behave differently in [...]

By | November 2nd, 2016|Autism|Comments Off on The Unique Needs of Girls and Women with Autism