This tip sheet directs families to valuable resources to understand affordable housing and other available resources. (Author abstract modified)
This tip sheet outlines the components of a family emergency preparedness plan for various types of disasters.
This tip sheet outlines the components of a family emergency preparedness plan for varioustypes of disasters.
These tips help parents and caregivers carry out the recommended practices described in the Institute of Education Sciences Educator’s practice guide, Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade. Each tip highlights evidence-based practices from classroom settings that could also help parents or caregivers develop their children’s reading at home. (Author abstract)
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This care notebook template is designed to assist caregivers of children with special health care needs to maintain a record of their child's care, services, providers, and notes. Families and caregivers should bring their child's care notebook to all medical appointments, therapies, conferences, and vacations. The care notebook can be used to ensure that care is comprehensive, coordinated, and family-centered. Each link on the Web page allows the download of a compressed file (ZIP) containing a collection of customizable documents that make up a care notebook. (Author abstract modified)
While in middle school, your student with a disability has been working on many of the skills he or she will need to function in high school. Your student has met new people, changed classes every period, navigated the hallways, worked with multiple teachers, and used a locker. In high school, your child may encounter additional new situations, such as: choosing elective classes, meeting graduation requirements, developing self-advocacy skills, dating, becoming a legal adult, and planning for employment or continued education after graduation. Some families may be concerned about their child’…
Every parent has hopes and dreams for their child, even if those dreams aren’t always openly expressed. When parents have a child with a disability, goals might need to be modified. This doesn’t mean expecting less of your child, but it may mean expecting something different than what you had envisioned. It’s important to understand the critical influence of having “high expectations” for your child. You need to instill those expectations in your youth and advocate for those expectations throughout the public school elementary and secondary transition process. (Author Abstract)
Many youth with disabilities have difficulty understanding social situations or navigating interpersonal events such as speaking in front of a class or doing job interviews. They may benefit from building and practicing social skills. These skills allow a person to interact appropriately with other people and handle difficult situations. It is important that youth have the opportunity to identify and practice these skills because they can significantly impact employment, relationships, and how well they are connected in the community as adults. Families, educators, and youth themselves can…
It is important to identify, discuss, and include accommodations and modifications necessary to meet the specific needs of a student in an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Students who receive services under a 504 Plan also need the same kind of individual attention to their plans for accommodations and modifications. The following checklist might be a good starting point for you and your child to think about his or her individual needs to include in the IEP or 504 Plan. Check the ones you believe would be most helpful. (Author abstract)
When the world talks about rearing children, the tone is decidedly feminine. Despite the growing number of fathers in traditional or single parent families who participate in child-care, resources specifically focusing on fathers are often missing. It is especially true for fathers of children with disabilities. Three Twin Cities men recently acknowledged the lack of materials targeted toward fathers. They offered suggestions, based on their experiences, about how fathers can become more involved in the lives of their children with disabilities. (Author abstract)