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. 10, October

12 for 2012: A Selection of Holiday Toys for Children with Special Needs
It is October once again and the holiday season is just around the corner. This time around, EP and Flag House have collaborated to provide families and caregivers with a list of toys recommended for children with special needs such as autism, physical...
All in the Family: Autism Speaks Needs the Autism Community to Fight for Our Children's Care, but It Was Made Clear That Autism Speaks Was There to Support Every Parent Who Was Trying to Make a Difference in Our Autism Community's Lives
I don't know how my husband does it. He is preparing for his fourth deployment and has been gone almost half of Broden's life. I was only going to be gone for four days and I was already homesick before I got on the plane for Washington D.C. I had...
App Promotes Communications
Does your child have a communication device? Is it too big? Outdated? Heavy? Or is there some other reason your child doesn't want to use it? Are you looking for a more accessible way for your child to communicate? Proloquo2Go is a full-featured...
Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: There Are Issues Specific to Persons with Disabilities That One Must Consider When Engaging in an Entrepreneurial Endeavor. the Business Might Qualify for Aid, or a Grant, or Other Incentive from the Federal, State or Local Government
Today's difficult economic times and competitive job market have made it extremely overwhelming for individuals with disabilities to find and maintain employment. According to Doyel (2000), in strong economic times, 75% of people with moderate to severe...
Give a Gift of Life-Give a Subscription to Ep Digital
Dear Valued Subscriber: You are receiving this letter because you are an existing subscriber to ep or because you are someone who is in a position to help a family caring for a loved one with special needs. This is a one time offer and opportunity...
Giving Back to the Returning War Heroes of Long Island
VetsBuild is a partnership between United Way and United Veterans Beacon House. It provides, at no cost to veterans, a basic five-week training course in weatherization and energy efficiency to prepare them for job opportunities in the high demand...
How Much Will TRICARE Pay? to Be Eligible for ECHO, a Family Must First Enroll into Its Service Branch's Exceptional Family Member Program. Each Service Branch Has a Point of Contact to Help Families Enroll
Maybe your child has autism or cerebral palsy--and you know you're going to need special health benefits. If you're in the military, you might wonder, "What does TRICARE cover and how much will TRICARE pay?" The Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)...
iPod Based SoundPOD
The iPod Based SoundPOD is a handheld direct selection communicator designed for use by individuals with speech or communication disabilities and severe physical or neurological disabilities. Available as a complete system or as a conversion kit for...
Latter-Day Saints (Mormons): Their Perceptions of Individuals with Disabilities
"Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither ... for I have compassion upon you." (Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 17:7) (1) Overview ...
Military Disability System: Improved Monitoring Needed to Better Track and Manage Performance
(Source: GAO website) Why GAO (United States Government Accountability Office) Did This Study Since 2007, DOD and VA have jointly operated IDES (Integrated Disability Evaluation System)--which is intended to expedite benefits for injured servicemembers....
Q&A with Ryan Dempster, Founder of the Dempster Family Foundation
Q: After your daughter, Riley, was diagnosed with 22q, how has that changed your life? RD: The first few days with Riley were pretty scary: Riley losing oxygen and constantly having to suction her throat out and to give her a free airway to breathe,...
Q&A with Terri Grunduski, Executive Director of the Dempster Family Foundation
Q: What is the main mission of Dempster Family Foundation? TG: The Dempster Family Foundation's main mission is to promote awareness of 22q11.2 deletion, and offer support and hope for families of children diagnosed with 22q. To support this effort,...
Step by Step to Success: Why Should Businesses Extend Themselves to Hire Individuals with Special Needs? Because There Is an Untapped Population of Individuals with Disabilities Who Can Fill Positions That Some Employers Have Difficulty Filling
Many parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities are concerned about what will happen when their sons and daughters enter adulthood. Will they be able to live on their own? Find meaningful work? Build a happy and productive...
Stepping into Guardianship: A Review of the Process
A guardianship can be a very good thing. If you've heard talk about guardianships being too restrictive regarding an individual's independence and rights, don't let that sway you from considering one. There are valid reasons for having one, such as...
Symbolic Evolution
I knew one of my colleagues was having a rough day putting the finishing touches on a grant with a looming deadline. I can't remember exactly what I emailed him, but it was designed to give him about 30 seconds of some light humor. I knew immediately...
Tackling the Transition: How Do You Prepare Your Child (and You!) for His or Her Foray into the Adult World?
Programs like the Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) and Pathways Programs for Students and Recent Graduates offer cutting-edge internships and jobs. State and federal governments also provide funding for work...
Ten Tips: Finding the Right Transition Program: Of the Transition Programs Available, the Right Choice Is a Matter of "Goodness of Fit" between the Learning Needs of the Student and the Transition Program's Course Offerings and Structure
Leaving the security of the special education system can strike terror into the heart of even the most stalwart parent of a teenager with special needs. Many high school students with special needs are not yet ready for the leap into the world of work...
The Importance of Social Connections in Transitioning: "Teacher Became the Student, and I Was Humbled by Allie's Gift-The Realization That Even Our Slightest Efforts to Encourage, Support and Believe in Our Students Can Propel Them to Such Heights."
Today's difficult economic times and competitive job market have made it extremely overwhelming for individuals with disabilities to find and maintain employment. According to Doyel (2000), in strong economic times, 75% of people with moderate to severe...
The Power of Popsicle Sticks: Although There Is a Place for Technology and Augmentative Communication Devices in Helping Children to Develop Play Skills, the Relevance and Importance of Everyday Items Cannot Be Ignored
As technology advances by the day, parents may feel the pressure to provide their children with the most up-to-date opportunities for learning. Many families with children with special needs have fully embraced the use of iPads and augmentative communication...
The Road to Independence: Home Is Almost Always Where Discussion of Employment and a Child's Aspirations Begins. Parents Should Take an Active Role in Helping Their Child Prepare for Employment
We can all recall looking for our first job as a teenager or W young adult and the angst it may have brought. Riding our bicycles or walking to the neighborhood businesses to ask if they were hiring could be intimidating. This was only then followed...
The Universally Designed Commode
This column has a simple purpose but a difficult goal--discuss issues that affect the lives, well-being, and state of mind of those who must live and cope with a disability and do so in a humorous way. Not an easy thing to do, since there is certainly...
Toys That Are S.A.F.E. (Sturdy, Age Appropriate, Fun and Economical): When Choosing Toys for Children with Special Needs, the Usefulness of a Toy Is More Appropriately Based on the Developmental Age of the Child. Developmental Age Is the Set of Functional Skills or Age-Specific Tasks That Most Children Can Do at a Certain Age Range
With the upcoming holiday season there is going to be a mad dash to our nation's retailers to find that perfect toy as a gift. All kids enjoy new toys to play with including those with special needs. Nothing lights up the face of a child than when...
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