In 2003 Congress declared November National Epilepsy Awareness Month. The goal is to end the stigma surrounding the disorder and generate compassion for those living with epilepsy. The awareness brought to epilepsy during November is so important because epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disease in our nation. Statistics show that 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their life. The goal of National Epilepsy Month, according to the Epilepsy Foundation, is to raise awareness and teach what a seizure is and is not. The focus this year is on reducing the risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy using the #Aimforzero campaign. I urge you to visit the Epilepsy Foundation’s website for National Epilepsy Awareness month to learn more about the #Aimforzero campaign.
Happy National Caregivers Month!! According to Caregiveraction.org this year’s theme for National Caregiver’s Month is Caregiving Around the Clock. I know there are so many parents and family members working with the special needs population who completely understand that concept! Celebrating these tireless caregivers during the month of November gives us the chance to learn about and raise awareness of family caregiver issues, increase support for these caregivers and most importantly, it gives us a chance to thank them for all that they do.
Caregivers Action Network began promoting November as National Caregivers Month in 1994. In 1997, President Clinton the first National Family Caregivers Month Presidential Proclamation and every president since has done the same. You can view this year’s Presidential Proclamation on the Caregiver Action Network’s website.
To all the caregivers out there, thank you! In the spirit of support, below are the Top 10 Tips for Caregivers from the Caregiver Action Network’s website.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and this year’s theme is Inclusion Drives Innovation. As I’ve followed different activities going on this month, I’ve come across two schools who are starting this process early and paving the way for their students to succeed in the years to come. Below are articles about the two programs. The first comes from the blog Mrs. Ds Corner where the author lays out exactly how she and the 2nd grade gifted teacher at her elementary school started a Coffee Cart Friday program at their school. I love reading the goals she set for her students and how she accomplished them! The other program I recently found out about was created by a teaching team at an Alaskan high school. Every other Friday students in this classroom based business make Frito pies for students and staff for lunch. Here is the full article written by the Alaskan Dispatch News. It’s wonderful to see these programs teaching these skills at an early age and setting these students up for success!
Today it’s time to highlight one of our Academy participants here at Great Prospects. Not only does Donna participate in our program three days a week but she and a friend have their own business as well. These two young ladies hand make cards for all occasions. They debuted their business, Just for You Card Art, at the 2010 National Down Syndrome Congress and recently exhibited their work at the 2017 IDEA Conference at St. Simon’s Island. Please take a minute to check out their handiwork at www.justforyoucardart.comwww.justforyoucardart.com!
Jen Pair will be our official photographer of this years Season Sips!
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Modern science and medicine is truly fascinating! The article below is just one example of the advancements being made. Researchers have found a clear link between increased cerebrospinal fluid in infants and a higher risk of autism spectrum disorder. This link is critical. Children typically are diagnosed between 2 and 3 years old as behaviors begin displaying but research already tells us that early intervention is key. If an MRI can let us know if a child has a higher risk of autism spectrum disorder we can begin interventions even earlier. This article is interesting and worth the time to read. Please take a minute and take a look here.
Information shared from Health News
Friday officially ends Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month! With the beginning of Spring, St. Patrick’s Day, and the beginning of Lent it might be hard to remember that March is also Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. But did you know that many of this winter’s competitor’s in the Winter Paralympics have Cerebral Palsy? Or that one child every hour is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy? In honor of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month Firefly posted one fact about Cerebral Palsy every day during the month of March. Please take a few minutes to look over their list of 31 Facts for Each Day of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month https://themighty.com/2016/03/facts-for-each-of-the-31-days-of-cerebral-palsy-awareness-month/.
P.S. Don’t forget about World Cerebral Palsy day which is celebrated every year on the first Wednesday in October!
“This decision is a victory for students on the autism spectrum. It reaffirms that all publicly funded schools have an obligation to provide all students the supports they need to help them achieve in the classroom. The decision renews our public commitment to help everyone work to reach their potential.”
In Endrew, the Court grapples with what level of services are due students with special needs. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all students must have access to a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment – usually taken to mean they should be as integrated as possible with their peers who do not have special needs. The underlying expectation and educational philosophy is that they should be able to access the general curriculum to the greatest extent possible and make meaningful progress.
The analysis becomes more difficult when the needs of a given student are severe enough that he or she cannot realistically be integrated and/or access that curriculum. The question the Court sought to answer in Endrew is what level of progress should be the goal of the supports the schools are required to provide these students – and by extension all students with special needs. The Court held that, “to meet its substantive obligation under the IDEA, a school must offer an IEP reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.” In so doing, the Court rejected the idea that students with special needs – including those with the greatest needs – are only entitled to services designed to help them achieve the bare minimum amount of progress.
News article share from: https://www.autismspeaks.org/advocacy/advocacy-news/autism-speaks-applauds-endrew-f-v-douglas-scotus-ruling