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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

Why Inclusive?

by Terri Clark, M.Ed Space Coast Early Intervention Center, Executive Director Inclusive schools benefit ALL children! Since the early 80’s, educational practices have been moving away from the practice of segregating students with disabilities for specialized instruction, and moving towards a more inclusive model. This has been a challenge. At Space Coast Early Intervention Center [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Education|Comments Off on Why Inclusive?

Understanding Sensory Integration Difficulties

by Sandy Wainman, OTR/L is Director of the LifeSkills When you fill a cup with liquid, there is only so much you can pour into the cup:  If you pour too much into the cup, it will overflow and you will have a mess. Similarly, each of us is a cup:  we all have limits [...]

By | October 20th, 2016|Sensory|Comments Off on Understanding Sensory Integration Difficulties

Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace

by Keith Heinly Senior Manager, Community Impact, United Way of Brevard I will be providing a Health Insurance for Small Businesses in Palm Bay May 12th (see flyer below). I am not a broker or agent for any insurance company. There is no cost for this service. I will be explaining how small businesses can [...]

By | April 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace

What is the McKay Scholarship Program?

by By Laura J. Tomkins, MS Education Advocate with Open Doors Special Education Advocacy, LLC “The hallmark of a healthy society has always been measured by how it cares for the disadvantaged.” -Joni Eareckson Tada There is always hope. Hope sometimes appears in the beautiful rays of the morning sunlight, even when it looks like [...]

By | January 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What is the McKay Scholarship Program?

Step Up For Students – New State Scholarship for Children with Special Needs

by Sherri Ackerman Public Relations Manager for Step Up For Students Liam Thomas has Down syndrome and benefits from weekly occupational and speech therapies. But the 9-year-old whirl of energy also wants to do what other kids do at school like walk with friends down the hall, eat lunch in the cafeteria and sit at [...]

By | January 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Step Up For Students – New State Scholarship for Children with Special Needs

Inclusion – Where Are You?

By Becki Forsell Founder of YES! of America United, Inc. Here we are in the fall of 2014 and its now 25 years after the ADA (American Disabilities Act) was established.  Whistles are blowing, bells are ringing, and cheers are being shouted that we are all treated equally….but are we????  Many of our physical barriers [...]

By | October 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Inclusion – Where Are You?