Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

President's Message

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

President's Message

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On behalf of the entire EP family I would like to wish everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year! 2006 was an extraordinary year for Exceptional Parent and we thank all of our loyal readers and friends for helping us continue to bring valuable information to those who need it most.

EP Magazine and EP Global Communications Inc. forged some new frontiers in 2006. In this changing world of technological innovations and wartime stresses we have dedicated ourselves to remaining the go-to source for information on the entire spectrum of disabilities. To achieve this we have evolved as a communications company and have enjoyed great success in developing and offering new ways in which more people can access and utilize the services that we provide.

Perhaps the most exciting undertaking we have been involved in has been the successful creation and launch of EP LiveOnline[TM], an international information and education initiative with our global partner, Vemics Inc. EP is now delivering live, interactive, online, CME and CEU accredited educational events and seminars to both professionals and families.

Another unique accomplishment for EP has been the development of a U.S. Army Research Project entitled the "Exceptional Family Training and Transitioning Program," focusing on education and training in the developmental and special health care needs arena. The project is in response to a growing need inside the military among the many families caring for children and adults with disabilities and special health care needs and the returning soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines with severe combat related injuries. In 2007 every issue of EP Magazine will contain a special military section entitled "From Our Families to Yours" dealing with issues and challenges faced by our service men and women caring for children and adults with disabilities. It is our hope that those of us in the civilian sector can benefit from some of the special programs the military has developed, particularly those involving transitioning and education.

Our EP Disability Awareness Night (DAN[TM]) program also continued to expand in 2006 and was met with enthusiastic support from our national sponsor, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). In the 2006 season MassMutual sponsored 36 DAN events and has since renewed its sponsorship for the 2007 season. …

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