Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms the Importance of Parent Participation

In a decision handed down on June 13, 2013 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s judgment, that the Hawaii Department of Education had not violated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by holding a student’s annual Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting without the participation of a parent.  While changes to […]

Mom Takes Bullying by the Horns

Dot Workman, mom, special needs parent, amazing community activist, and PTI volunteer was hearing the same message from the kids in her community, “We don’t want to be in school anymore… I hate being picked on.”   She noticed the self-esteem of many students plummeting and made a commitment to make things better.  Bullying was being […]

U.S. Dept. of Education provides guidance on extracurricular and non-academic services

On Friday, January 25, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued new guidance that ordered schools across the country to provide equal opportunity for students with disabilities to participate in extracurricular activities. Among other aspects of the guidance, States are urged to help school districts work with community organizations to increase […]

Cyber Bullying & Our Children

Not a day goes by when we don’t hear something in the news about bullying.  Our schools provide prevention techniques, teachers are more attentive, and parents are on the lookout for the signs. However, just when we thought we were sensitive, trained, and aware of these issues, another formidable opponent has surfaced…the cyber bully. Children […]

We’re Glad You Asked!

[wpdm_file id=84] Question One: I am a little confused; my fourteen-year-old freshman has had two grading periods this year at her local high school.  She has brought home two report cards with quarter grades from her general education classes and nothing from the two resource classes.  I use to get periodic reports concerning her progress […]

Transition Services in WA

Transition services means a coordinated set of activities for a student eligible for special education that is designed to be within a results-oriented  process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the student to facilitate his or her movement from school to post –school activities, including post-secondary education  vocational education, integrated […]

Infant and Early Childhood Conference 2013

[wpdm_file id=82] Each year the Infant and Early Childhood Conference (IECC) is held at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.  This statewide conference attracts more than 1,000 participants including parents, special educators, paraprofessionals, service providers in developmental and neuro-developmental centers, Head Start and Early Head Start staff, and others invested in young children with […]

HUB – A Transition Support Group

[wpdm_file id=81] A“HUB” is a family support group for young adults and older teens with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as intellectual and developmental disabilities. The “HUB” Support Group has a vision and focus geared towards connecting young adults, along with their families, to community opportunities, resources, and support systems.   Based on […]

Healthcare in Transition

  There are many transitions in the life of a child impacted by disabilities.  One transition that is often set on the back burner is the medical transition from pediatric to adult care.  This transition can be significant for a young adult with developmental or intellectual disabilities because they then become the individual responsible for […]

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Assistive Tech. from a PAVE Parent’s Perspective

[wpdm_file id=79] At the age of four, our son began to show signs that he was falling behind developmentally.  We witnessed a child who had once loved engaging with his books and coloring, to one that no longer had any interest in books and specifically avoided any kind of writing or art.  Additional signs and sensory […]