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13 Key Issues Autism, special needs and parents of disabled need for their Family – Today, tomorrow and …?

November 5, 2013 in Special Education Articles by Jess

I call these my Baker’s Dozen – This is in no way a complete list, and each and every family’s situation will have nuances. Remember, it all can’t or doesn’t need to be done at once;

1. Get a proper diagnosis and assessments early. These are the building blocks for successful EI, IEP’s, ITP’s, ongoing evaluations, services, support, benefits, management and living options.

2. Accept your child. Accept yourself. Accept this community There are hundreds, even thousands of us close by. Just like you. Some may have more financial means, many may not. We all have many of the same needs, challenges and concerns… Sometimes scared, upset, and trying to understand, learn more, live a life, rebuild our dreams and thrive. Read the rest of this entry →

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Seven Myths About Special Needs Life Care Planning

August 31, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

What is a Life Care Plan? 

A Life Care Plan is a plan that incorporates basic needs, goals and strategies for achieving the best quality of life in every area of life for many years to come.  Taking time now to consider your loved one’s current and future needs will help you to realize what aspects need attention to provide the best for their future as well as your own. Read the rest of this entry →

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A 10-point Financial Checklist for Special Needs Families and Caregivers

August 24, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Generally speaking, parents everywhere want the best for their children – from infancy through old age.  They want them to be as happy as they can be, as healthy as they can be, as successful as they can be.  And for children with disabilities or special needs?  The wishes are the same, of course!  It just may take more time and effort to turn those wishes into reality.  Read the rest of this entry →

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