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. 49, No. 5, May

A Letter as a Reminder
"You don't get it. I don't get to be sick. I have to take care of my youngest son as long as I can. He has autism." Over a year ago, I had an abnormal mammogram that required multiple biopsies to be taken from my left breast. This ordeal forced...
A Snapshot into the Role of the Special Educator in Support of Student Learning: Coordinators, Teachers and Visionaries
Since its launch in 1975, the foundation of special education as a branch of public education has progressed and evolved support of increased learning for all to include students, teachers and families. With this ever-changing synthetic construct in...
DRIVE FOR INCLUSION: We're Often Surprised by How Frequently the Mobility Disability Community Is Not Consulted before Life-Changing Alterations Are Made to Things That Will Affect Their Everyday Lives
In fact, over 65 percent of those we surveyed have said that as a wheelchair user, they felt their voices were not included in the design of items services, buildings or events. STARTING A MOVEMENT As a dedicated member of this parent community,...
Driving to Learn
"People with profound cognitive disabilities are given few opportunities to take part in activities that are creating meaning and motivation. To become doers, they are totally reliant on others' belief in their veiled potential to be active and develop...
How to Teach Your Military Child about Healthy Boundaries
The concept of personal boundaries is one of the most important concepts you can teach your children, so they can grow up to have happy, healthy relationships. Plus, learning about healthy personal boundaries as a young child lays the foundation for...
Imagining the Possibilities
"Some have said the disability rights movement is the last of the civil rights, and I don't know if there is a 'last' but it's time has certainly come, and the voices of self-advocates are getting stronger. The Golisano Foundation is playing its part...
Injured, Disabled and Impaired: The Vintage Base Ball Association Is Dedicated to Upholding the Highest Standards of Sportsmanship, Gentlemanly Behavior, Courtesy, and Respect for Others
This past Sunday in the Scenic City was dial-in perfect. Perfect skies, perfect temperature, perfect day. A perfect day for baseball ... okay, perfect day for hot dogs, Cracker Jacks and peanuts. Talk about living in a baseball rich environment....
"It's Amazing over Here!"
If you were among the millions of holiday shoppers this year, you may have seen Hanna Joy Atkinson's photo on display at your local shopping center. Atkinson, 24, graced the fronts of approximately 900 Finish Line stores and counters as part of...
It's Iep Season! a Quick Refresher for Families Preparing for the New School Year
It's that time of year when many families are in IEP meetings to get ready for the next school year. Parents are part of the IEP team that drafts the IEP document; families should never be handed an IEP document to sign as if they had no important...
Jean Vanier Has Passed Away: Founder of L'arche Communities for Adults with Disabilities
L'Arche USA recently announced the death of founder Jean Vanier, who died on May 7 in the Maison Medicale Jeanne Garnier. He was 90 years old. "Jean has left an extraordinary legacy," said L'Arche International Leader Stephan Posner. "His community...
Making the Most of Efmp Family Support Services with the Efmp Family Needs Assessment
The Exceptional Family Member Program, or EFMP, Family Support is excited to introduce the DD Form 3054, EFMP Family Needs Assessment, or EFMP FNA. This newly standardized planning tool is now available across the Services to provide your family focused...
My Road to the Rare Disease World
Only a collective group of advocates will be able to get the attention of politicians and the media, and they will, ultimately, have a better chance of effecting change. Passage of the Orphan Drug Act (ODA) and the tireless collective work of so many...
Our Child with a Disability Is Preparing for Entry into College-Are They Prepared to Assist Him/her?
All students face anxiety as they enter college. For students with disabilities, this transition also entails becoming familiar with and working within an entirely new system for accessing support and communicating disability-based needs. "An estimated...
PAL-O-MINE HOSTS SIX PART EQUINE PROGRAM "AN EVENING WITH HORSES": Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc. a Private, Not-for-Profit Organization Providing a Comprehensive Therapeutic Equine Program Using Horses to Facilitate Growth, Learning and Healing for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Recently Held a Six-Part Series Titled, "An Evening with Horses"
The series was designed for groups of individuals with disabilities ages 18 years and older. "An Evening with Horses," which took place on six Wednesdays in February and March from 4:30 to 7:30 PM, provided life skills training, along with the opportunity...
Preparing for a Lifetime of Education: Starting School Is a Big Event, but with a Bit of Planning You Can Facilitate a Smooth Transition
Starting school is a big event for everyone. It represents a fast-paced period of growth, development and change. And to help ease the transition for children with special needs, there are certain steps that can help you prepare--starting with the...
Reaffirming Diversity and Inclusion
PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS TO THE AAIDD ANNUAL MEETING There is always a solution to any problem; some solutions take time, some solutions take money, some solutions require collaboration, some solutions require courage, some solutions require logic,...
SPECIAL WEEKEND PLANNED FOR RARE DISEASE PATIENTS AND FAMILIES: While Each Patient Has a Unique Story, Individuals and Families Battling Rare Diseases Often Experience Similar Challenges, Including a Long and Difficult Road to Diagnosis, Feelings of Isolation, and Questions about Treatment and Research, Just to Name a Few
This summer, rare disease patients and families will have the opportunity to connect with one another, as well as with medical professionals, experts and supporters over a very special weekend in Houston, Texas. As a means of sharing resources and...
The Bachman Foundation: The Evolution of True Philanthropy
The Bachman Foundation has a rich local history. Originally, Bachman Memorial Home was named after its founder, Reverend John Lynn Bachman, and was founded 1912 in Farner, Tennessee as a mission school to serve the local children of the Appalachian...
The Heart of a Special Needs Mom
What if mother hadn't modelled selfless love in our everyday life? Then I would not have had the heart or courage to raise my own children in a similar fashion, especially my visually-impaired girl. Needless to say, I built on mom's successes. My...
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