National Family Caregivers Month

National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to celebrate the caregivers that devote themselves to caring for others who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. Caregivers are some of the most selfless, compassionate, and loving people, and we are so grateful to the millions of caregivers in the United States for their dedication to disabled individuals. During this month, caregiving …

Multisensory Parenting Tips

Multisensory Parenting Tips | IGNITE Advocacy

There are many ways a parent can help and encourage a child by using some multisensory techniques. Although this may involve some changes in the home, the results may be well worth the effort. Provide a structured environment for work. Avoid outside distractions whenever possible (computer, audio players, TV, radio, general clutter). A clean, organized desk and room help your …

5 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore In Kids

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Most parents wear lots of hats: chef, chauffeur, maid and even “Doctor” Mom or Dad when kids are sick. Most times, common symptoms like a sore throat don’t warrant a trip but to the doctor. Other times, however, common symptoms like fever could signal something more serious in your child. How can parents know the difference? “Really listen to your child and try …

Can A Child With An IEP Be Expelled?

Can a child be expelled with an IEP?

When a child with a disability engages in behavior or breaks a code of conduct and the school proposes to remove the child, the school must hold a hearing to determine if the child’s behavior was caused by his disability. This hearing, a Manifestation Determination Review (MDR), is a process to review all relevant information and the relationship between the …

Sample Letter For Evaluation

So now it’s time to write a letter to your child’s school.  Just few things that you may want to keep in the front of your mind. When writing any letter, it is important to keep it short and to the point. First, start by asking yourself the following questions and state the answers in your letter:  Why am I …

Organizations That Provide Free Gifts To Children With Disabilities

Too often families are overwhelmed when their child is batting a chronic illness or disability. That is why we appreciate and share organizations that care enough to help families in their time of need. Gracie’s Gowns – free custom made hospital gowns for children with life-threatening illnesses Graham’s Foundation – sends a care package to families with premature babies Hugginz …

Organizations That Assist With Medical Equipment and Assistance

There are many special needs organizations in this country that are dedicated to serving those children who require assistance for medical, mental or psychological disabilities. Alex’s Lemonade Stand – provides travel grants to medical institutions for families battling childhood cancer The Arya Foundation – provides medical equipment such as ramps – special beds and walking aides. MY GYM Challenged America – …