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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty by Stephanie Symonds, A Mommy Corner, and the UP Center A Mommy Corner was honored to interview James Monds, the Executive Director of the UP Center. James is a native of Fort Pierce and he knows what it means to live in and overcome poverty, as he allowed poverty to [...]

By | October 18th, 2018|Adult Support, Support Group, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

A Welcoming Place for All!

A Welcoming Place for All! by the Straz Center Seventeen-year-old Donovan Dix has autism. When he told his mother Tia he wanted to see Motown the Musical at the Straz Center, she wasn’t sure what to expect. After all, “the theater” historically belonged to people who could sit still and be silent for a few [...]

By | October 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Welcoming Place for All!

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

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?

Out of the Bubble

By Shelby McGrath Myers I must first preface this article by saying; I am a mother (foremost) and have never written a book prior to this work. My life was that of any typical parent; bumps along the road, but nothing which wasn’t corrected by the morning.  Up until our journey with Clayton, I knew [...]

By | September 30th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Out of the Bubble

Little Linksters Golf for Children with Special Needs

By Brendon Elliott PGA Professional and Junior Golf Development Founder The Little Linksters Association’s new G.O.A.L.S. program kicks off soon and uses golf as a tool for enhancing the lives of children with disabilities. When we started our original Little Linksters program in 2008, we knew then that golf was an amazing tool to teach [...]

By | August 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Little Linksters Golf for Children with Special Needs

Who Can Benefit from Parent Coaching – And How?

By Carmen McGuinness, EdD, BCBA Clinical Director Chrysalis Center for Change and Chrysalis School Parent coaching is a growing area of service for families of children with a host of challenges such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Asperger, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.1,2,3 It is now well documented that parents of children with [...]

By | July 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Who Can Benefit from Parent Coaching – And How?