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Stand Up to Bullying

Bullying can be a devastating experience for any child, but when the child being bullied has special needs, serious and long-term consequences for the child may result. Fortunately, special needs children receive extra protection under the law. Parents can invoke laws that have been written specifically to protect children with disabilities who are bullied. First, what qualifies as bullying?  Bullying includes physical threats, but it may also encompass verbal abuse (teasing and threats), graphic or written statements, and behavior that creates a hostile environment or infringes on a student’s rights at school. In general, bullying involves an imbalance–or a perceived imbalance–of power....

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Report: Waiting Lists For Medicaid Waivers Up, Competitive Employment Down

Source: Disability Scoop -Wide geographical disparities exist when it comes to opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live and work in their communities, according to a new report that ranks states. The Case for Inclusion 2019 report released this week by United Cerebral Palsy and the ANCOR Foundation examines how well state programs — particularly Medicaid — are meeting the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The report evaluated how states are promoting independence, including by avoiding placement in institutions. In the top ranked state, Arizona, 99 percent of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live at home...

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Dealing with Special Needs Planning

It’s never too soon to plan for the future, especially when you have a child with special needs. There are several important aspects involved in special needs estate planning and speaking with a professional is always the best bet. What you don’t know can hurt you and your child in the long-run. However, it’s a good idea to go into the meeting for a estate planning attorney armed with some knowledge about the decisions you will have to make as you set up a an estate plan. There are plenty of government guidelines that can be confusing and overwhelming. You have...

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October is Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month

Like people, learning disabilities come in all shapes and sizes. During the month of October each year, the Learning Disabilities Association of America shines a much-needed spotlight on the variety of learning disabilities facing countless adults and children throughout the United States. Often, people hear the term “learning disability” and dyslexia and ADD/ADHD come to mind. Dyslexia Is one learning disability that affects how a person learns to read and impacts their ability to process language. ADD is a condition that causes a person too have trouble focusing, controlling their behavior and paying attention. ADHD adds an additional symptom: hyperactivity. Other Learning Disorders include: Auditory...

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