Asperger’s Syndrome is a condition of the brain and nerves, usually in place by birth, that affects how a person sees the world, processes information, and interacts with other people. Because those with AS act differently and since society has mechanisms for maintaining social norms, those with Aspergers are misunderstood, labeled, and rejected by society. If society would instead embrace our different brain types and variety of nervous systems, both those with AS and society at-large would benefit. In fact, Thom Hartmann points out that it is precisely those who are wired differently that have saved some civilizations in the past and it is those same types who will save our own civilization in the future – if we strive to accept them and understand what they see. Read the rest of this entry →
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If you have been following my blogs lately, I recently got into a debate in the comment section of the Top Ten Negotiating Skills to Learn for an IEP. I’m going to focus this blog on one comment that was made:
“The (IEP) “team” concept does not in any way suggest a process of negotiation, rather it suggests collaboration. There is a significant difference with the former implying a relationship of possibly opposing views, while the latter implies a co-operative relationship.” Read the rest of this entry →
Myth 1: If I disagree with my child’s IEP I shouldn’t sign it?
Fact: In actuality for most states it is the exact opposite. After reviewing the IEP and checking state law you should disagree with it and sign immediately. Include your concerns and which parts of the IEP you disagree with and choose the method you would like to handle your dispute. If you are not comfortable filing a complaint on your own speak with an experienced attorney or advocate to help you. The risk is by not signing the IEP and listing your disagreements that it might appear as though you have given implied consent. Read the rest of this entry →
10. A Lesson for All Parents Who Have Children with Special Needs
A good friend of mine sent me this video and said “you need to see this if you haven’t yet.” It’s a story about Carly Fleischmann, who at the time, was a 13 year old girl that had severe autism and was non-verbal. A couple of years ago, she started typing words on a computer. Carly had also been labeled with Moderate Mental Retardation. With the help of her parents and therapists, the computer became her voice. Read the rest of this entry →
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 →