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March 2014 Blog Posts (15)

Quote of the Day - 3/25/2014

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” 

― Theodore Roosevelt 

We all have high expectations for ourselves and our accomplishments, and that's great. We need to have high expectations, because without them, we'll never reach our full potential. The key part is, though, realizing what is our full potential? How far can we really go with the…


Added by Nicole Hill on March 25, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

What's "Executive Functioning" All About?

The term "Executive Functioning" seems to be popping up all over these days.  Here's a brief explanation:

Executive Functioning affects a person's ability to...

  • plan
  • organize
  • select and use problem-solving strategies
  • attend to details, and
  • manage time and space.

Although not a learning disability, different patterns of weakness in executive…


Added by Kathy Specketer on March 25, 2014 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

Foster Parents Experience

We had 3 boys prior to the 2 boys we have now. And these two boys we did adopt. 1 boy turned out to have Tourette Syndrome and the other boy doesn't. I wouldn't trade him for the world. The oldest son has decided to travel down a road that we don't really care to talk about. We just hope that some day (soon) he will wake up and realize how good it had it and how he threw his life away. But we can't do anything to change his mind. So, we continue to focus on the younger son. We help him with…


Added by Lisa on March 20, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Quote of the Day - March 19, 2014

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” 

― Mark Twain

I found this quote to be a little funny, but so true when you think about it. Siding with the majority is the easy route. You don't have to worry about hearing that your view is "wrong" when you side with the majority, because there becomes a point that the viewpoint of…


Added by Nicole Hill on March 19, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

AT Solutions in Minutes


Added by Jane Gay on March 19, 2014 at 7:50am — No Comments


If you are in the East Village and see a guy zipping around on a red scooter, it's probably my brother.  He gets around!!  He loves living in Downtown Des Moines and has a pretty sweet set…


Added by Mari Reynolds on March 17, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Quote of the Day - March 17, 2014

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” - Robert Frost

Each day is an educational experience. They say you learn something new every single day. You never know when life is going to throw you a curve ball. There are times it's difficult to keep our cool. That's all part of the learning process. Once you have a strong educational or mental foundation, though, you're able to take on…


Added by Nicole Hill on March 17, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Help us get rid of the two year waiting list for the Children's Mental Health Waiver

Kids in Iowa with Serious Emotional Disturbance must now wait TWO YEARS to get the Medicaid Home and Community Based Children’s Mental Health Waiver (HCBS CMH). The waiver provides a comprehensive support system that allows these children to remain in their own home and communities, as opposed to more costly institutions that are often far away from their homes. Think about what two years means in the development of a child. 

The Iowa Legislature is currently discussing the budget and…


Added by Tammy Nyden on March 17, 2014 at 8:17am — No Comments

The Influx of Mental Health Challenges in Public Education

As I travel the state of Iowa engaged in trainings, conferences, meetings, and discussions with parents from all different cultural, economic, educational, and ethnic backgrounds, one theme continues to surface: mental health concerns/challenges are great and resources in the school system are short. As common as mental health illness is, 1 in 10 children has a serious emotional disorder that affects his or her ability to function daily, even the Individual with…


Added by Monica Rouse on March 13, 2014 at 10:45pm — No Comments

April 15 is Coming! - Tax Tips for Living and Working with Disabilities

It’s that time of year again – we all have to think about gathering the paperwork, and figuring out what we owe Uncle Sam or what he owes us.  If you haven't yet filed your 2013 income tax return, you will be doing so in the next several weeks.  There are a significant number of special deductions, exclusions, and credits available to you if you have a disability, are the parent of the child with a disability, or hire a person with a disability that may mean more tax dollars stay in your…


Added by Connie B. Fanselow on March 13, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Autism Support Program to Start April 1

Magellan Health Services has announced a new program starting April 1 that will provide funding for ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) services to children under the age of nine who are not otherwise eligible for such services through Medicaid (the Iowa Plan) or private health insurers. 

To qualify for the program, the child must…


Added by Connie B. Fanselow on March 9, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

This says it all...

You have to just read this.  I don't think I can say anything more about the power we have to change our own world...

They Taught Us Words are Powerless, and They Were Wrong

Added by Karen Thompson on March 5, 2014 at 11:13am — No Comments

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