The Exceptional Parent

Exceptional Parent is a magazine providing practical information and guidance to parents of children and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. It was founded in 1971 and is published monthly by Psy-Ed Corp.Subjects include disabilities. The editor in chief is Rick Rader.

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 3, March

A "Special" Suggestion
GUEST From time to time I am invited, or more appropriately, "sucked into" debating ongoing and significant issues in the "special needs arena." One area that continues to challenge sensibilities, especially to those on the "outside of the disability...
Autism Speaks Partners with the National Autism Association to Provide Funding for "Big Red Safety Boxes" for Families of Individuals with Autism at Risk of Wandering
Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, recently announced that it has awarded $30,000 in funding to the National Autism Association (NAA) to provide 1,000 Big Red Safety Boxes to families of individuals with autism....
Bathroom Safety for All
FlagHouse - a premier global supplier of resources for special needs, education, physical activity and recreation - is pleased to partner with Exceptional Parent to bring its readers this informational forum. This month's FlagHouse Forum focuses on...
Congressional Briefing Raises Awareness of Military Family Challenges with Autism
When Jeremy Hilton entered the U.S. Air Force Academy, he never imagined the turns his life would take. Graduating in 1995 with a degree in aeronautical engineering, Hilton didn't serve in the Air Force, but rather cross-commissioned into the Navy,...
Detroit to Host V.A. Small Business Conference and Hiring Fair
Help is on the way for Veterans Who Own Businesses, Seek Jobs. The National Veterans Small Business Conference, the government's premier event for Veteran-owned small businesses, is coming to Detroit's Cobo Center June 25-29, the Department of Veterans...
Earn Education Credits through Mild TBI Web-Based Case Studies
Corina Notyce of the Defense Centers of Excellence reports that health care professionals can learn more about mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) while earning education credits through a series of Web-based case studies. Presented by the Departments...
Fostering Self-Determination among Children and Youth with Disabilities: Learning from Parents
If you listen in on conversations among professionals, policy makers, or researchers about preparing children and youth well for adulthood, you are bound to hear the word "self-determination" come up quite often. Although self-determination can certainly...
Higher Learning: Several Years after EP Magazine Featured the Somozas as Its Cover Story, Anastasia Somoza Has Graduated from Georgetown University and Is Now Headed for the Prestigious London School of Economics. but Not before Sharing a Significant Experience with Others That Just May Make a Big Difference in Their Educational Lives
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My name is Anastasia Somoza and I am 28 years old and live in New York City. Since graduating from Georgetown University in 2007, like many college graduates these days, I have been unable to get a job. I have just received...
Leading Newborn Screening Organization Reaffirms Commitment to Public Health Value of Blood Spot Retention and Use
Save Babies Through Screening Foundation (SBTS), the only national volunteer-run nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to the advocacy of newborn screening (NBS), has recently reaffirmed its commitment to the public health value of retention and...
Letter from the President & CEO of EP
Dear EP Readers, Welcome to our March issue! As with previous years in EP's four-decade history, this particular month's focus is on Schools and Camps. This time around, we are proud to publish an article about an extraordinary scholar who, in a...
My Family's Fight for Educational Equality Has Driven My Commitment to Human Rights Advocacy and Public Service: Prepared for the London School of Economics
On December 10th 1948, Eleanor Roosevelt's tireless efforts to propel human rights into our consciousness, culminated in the United Nations adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ten years later on March 27th 1958, in her remarks before...
National Disability Institute Joins Congressional Leaders and Disability Organizations on Capitol Hill to Brief Congress on the Importance of the ABLE Act
National Disability Institute joined Congressional leaders and other national disability organizations on Capitol Hill recently to advocate for the passage of the Achieve a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, legislation long championed by National...
Raising Autism: A Play: For the Moment, I Ignore the Fact That When I Hit This Stage I Might Be Overwhelmed by the Sheer Weight of What Has Brought Me to This Place, the Suffering I've Witnessed in Both My Children, Coupled with Their Multitude of Triumphs
I step out onto the stage, the theater I manager trailing slightly behind me. We've attained these heights by walking through a labyrinth of hallways in the underbelly of the building, all of which eventually converge into one slim stairwell, which...
Skoog
The Skoog is a music synthesizer designed for use by children with disabilities that are unable to play standard musical instruments. The Skoog is a cube mounted on a square base with colored half spheres extending from all four sides and the top of...
Technology Opens Communication for Children with Special Needs
"I've seen the success first hand," he says. "For example, my wife and I chaperone annual travel tours for children with special needs. During one recent trip, a young man who doesn't communicate verbally borrowed my iPad to type I need a drink of...
Technology: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Special Education Teachers Are Experiencing Success Using iPads, Especially with Children That Have Communication Difficulties
Imagine for a minute that you go to work every day with the thought of being ridiculed by your coworkers because of a picture that was seen on the Internet. Or you said some-thing that was inappropriate on your "tweet" and now your boss knows about...
The 2012 Annual Special Camp Fair
The 27th Annual Special Camp Fair kicked off in late January 2012 at the Church of St Paul The Apostle in New York City. There was a camps open registration at the event where parents met experts from over 60 summer programs serving children and teens...
The Arts and Disability: A Palette of Possibilities: For the Past Few Years, Genetic Alliance Hosted "Gene Screen: A Night of Film on Health and Genetics," an Event That Fulfilled Both Purposes - Film as Self-Expression for People with Health Conditions and Film for Education and Advocacy
For thousands of years, people have used the arts as a means for self-expression and communication. But it wasn't until the mid 1900s that art therapy emerged as a discipline, more formally blending art and psychology. The American Art Therapy Association...
The Changes So Far
Mary Somoza has been her children's advocate all their lives. She believes that spreading the word on Anastasia's fight relating to her recent experience at LSE is very important. She said, "First of all, we need legislation to address this. I am working...
The Folded Napkin
A Trucker's Story I try not to be biased, but I had my doubts about hiring Stevie. His placement counselor assured me that he would be a good, reliable busboy. But I had never had an intellectually disabled employee and wasn't sure I wanted one....
The iPad Gives a Child a Voice in Oak Hill School
Born with cognitive and physical disabilities, Angelica attends the Oak Hill School (http://theoakhillschool.org) where students have access to the latest technology to enhance their learning and quality of life. She does not have the coordination...
Therapeutic Dance and Movement: A Holistic Treatment Modality for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury
The following article is the twelfth of a multi-part series on traumatic brain injury (TBI). This series is being published by the Traumatic Brain Injury-Resource Optimization Center (TBI-ROC) and its Advisory Group, which is facilitated by JBS International,...
The Sky Is the Limit: Everyone Has Their Opinion. for Once, I Would Just like for Broden to Give Us His Opinion
My son, Broden, will be six years old in March. Most of his life has been at home with his family or working one on one with a tutor in an ABA clinic. The more I think about it, he has spent most of his life in a very controlled environment. Mark and...
Transitioning Your Student to a Residence Hall Environment: There Is a Saying, "Tell Me and I'll Forget. Show Me and I May Remember. Involve Me and I'll Understand." Involving the Students in Creating Lists and Keeping Daily Planners Can Contribute Greatly to Their Success
Transition for anyone is never easy. There are so many factors involved in living in a residence hall, but above all the key to remember is that learning to adapt to a new environment takes time. Leaving the comforts of home to living in a residence...
Transition to Adulthood and Employment
The joys of childhood all too soon are transformed into the realities of adult life for both children with and without special needs. Planning for this eventuality has been an integral component of a family's long term agenda for their youngsters with...
Truly Exceptional Parents
Being a parent can be exhausting, frustrating, scary, and emotionally draining. People deal with the struggles and tribulations of parenting daily in every country using every language day and night. They write books about how to do it. There are television...
What Are the TRICARE Caps for Disability Coverage?
If you rely on TRICARE to help pay for your family member's special needs, you'll want to understand how the yearly financial caps work. Plain and simple: yearly caps are the limits on how much TRICARE will pay out to cover certain services. The...