Apr / 10

What Families Should Know About Special Needs Trusts and Other Estate Planning Documents with Jill Hiraizumi-Artino and Peilin Ngo [IEP 023]

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Many believe that estate planning is something only wealthy families or the elderly should worry about, but that’s simply not true. There are many types of estate planning documents that help protect families of all sizes and procedures that guide the various needs of families, including special needs trusts, limited conservatorships, and trust creation. We’re […]

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Apr / 03

The Therapeutic Benefits of Residential Treatment Centers for Children [IEP 022]

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If you’ve wondered about the benefits of residential treatment centers for children but haven’t had the opportunity to really investigate whether these programs could be helpful for your child, then this is a great episode. We’re joined by Jamie Murphy and Angela Johnson from Solstice Residential Treatment Center in Utah. Full show transcript at the […]

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Mar / 27

The Role of Curiosity and Agility in Education, Career, and Politics with Michael Kotick [IEP 021]

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We’re joined by Michael Kotick, Congressional candidate from California’s 48th District. Michael has built his career on turning large bureaucratic businesses around and helping them become more efficient. Now, he is running for Congress and hopes to bring that same vigor to the government. Full show transcript at the bottom of this post. What We […]

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Mar / 20

Gun Violence, Mental Health, and Our Culture with Christopher Markelz [IEP 020]

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In this episode, we’re joined by attorney Christopher Markelz and we’re discussing gun control and gun violence in this country. We talk about whether or not teachers should be armed with guns, what the private sector can and should do in response to gun violence, and how the “Whatever It Takes” program is helping children […]

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Mar / 13

How Parents Can Support and Encourage Children As They Figure Out Their Career Paths with Melanie Whitney [IEP 019]

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Figuring out “what you want to be” when you grow up is tough. If you’re a parent of a child who is struggling to find their place in the world, then this episode will certainly provide some insight on what you can do to support and encourage them during this time of self-exploration. We’re joined […]

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Mar / 06

Bridging the Gap Between In-Home and School Based Services – A Look Into PlayWell Child Life Services [IEP 018]

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While an IEP goes a long way in helping students living with disabilities in academic settings, there are many additional needs that appear at home. What types of needs are they and what kind of services exist to support those needs? That’s exactly what we cover in this episode with our guest, Colleen Cherry. Colleen […]

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Feb / 27

Extracurricular Activities and Inclusion Outside of School [IEP 017]

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Although schools have made much progress with regards to understanding and accommodating children with special needs, what happens when that child wants to participate in activities outside of school? In this episode, we discuss resources, programs, and activities that exist outside of school that can help. Full show transcript available at the bottom of this […]

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Feb / 20

Help Defeat HR 620, Which Negatively Amends the Americans with Disabilities Act [IEP 016]

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US HR 620 is being considered for a vote in the Senate this week. We wanted to address this timely matter because we have an important request. HR 620 weakens certain key provisions of the American with Disabilities Act, making it more difficult for people living with disabilities to access buildings. It’s important to understand […]

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Feb / 13

Winter is Coming!: A Look Into the Special Olympics and Paralympics [IEP 015]

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In celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics, we’re diving into a discussion of the Special Olympics and Paralympics and how these competitions are furthering inclusion in athletics. We’re joined by our legal intern, Phillip Basch, to share our thoughts and excitement for the Winter Olympics. Full show transcript at the bottom of this post. What […]

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Feb / 06

Diploma or Certificate Track: What Does “Graduating” Mean For a Student Living With a Disability? [IEP 014]

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As a parent, you (sometimes along with your child) must decide whether a diploma or a certificate of completion is what’s best for your child. In this episode, we’re discussing the difference between the two, the requirements of each, and help shed light on how parents can make that decision. Full transcript for this episode […]

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