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Sep / 20

Spina Bifida

IEPcontent News & Discussion, Raising Awareness, Resources for Parents 0

Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. It means “split spine.” The Spina Bifida Association has dedicated their existence to educating, advocating, researching, and serving people who have Spina Bifida and the community at large since 1973. It is the only national health agency that is dedicated solely […]

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Sep / 15

Sex Discrimination

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Discrimination on the basis of a person’s sex or gender is treating someone unfavorably because of their sex. This type of discrimination can be found in a variety of areas. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission identifies areas primarily in the workplace that sex discrimination is present. These areas like sex discrimination and work situations […]

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Sep / 13

Communicating With Children With Autism

IEPcontent Mental Health, News & Discussion, Raising Awareness 0

When a child has autism, it can be difficult to communicate with them. Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a group of complex disorders regarding brain development. These disorders are characterized by difficulties in social interactions, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. It starts in early brain development, with the most telling signs […]

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Sep / 08

Classroom Observations

IEPcontent In The Classroom, News & Discussion, Special Education 0

Does a parent have the right to observe their child in a special or general ed classroom? Can the advocate or members of the IEP team accompany them in the observation? Members of the Education Law Center in Pennsylvania reached out to the Office of Special Education Programs in the Department of Education and asked […]

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Sep / 07

Sign Language Services

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American Sign Language is used to communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It involves signing words with your hands so that the person can see what you are saying. An American Sign Language interpreter is one of the many services that can be provided to a person or child who is […]

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Sep / 06

Celiac Disease Awareness Month

IEPcontent Allergies, News & Discussion, Raising Awareness 0

What is Celiac Disease? May is dedicated to answering such questions, as May 2016 is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Beyond Celiac was founded by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness as the first patient advocate group dedicated to gaining access for those affected with this disease with the only treatment thus for: gluten-free food. This […]

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Sep / 06

ALS Awareness Month

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May is ALS Awareness Month. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that is 100% fatal. This disease specifically affects the nerve cells in the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The ALS Association breaks it down accordingly: a = meaning no or negative + myo = refers to muscle […]

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Sep / 06

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

IEPcontent Mental Health, News & Discussion, Raising Awareness 0

Within Mental Health Awareness month in May, there is a week dedicated specifically  to children’s mental health. This year, Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week fell on May 1st-May 7th. The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCMH) announced that this year’s theme is “Healthy Families, Resilient Children: Mental Health is a Family Affair.” […]

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