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April 2015 Blog Posts (18)

Thinking garden – 3

Wrapping up (I think) gardening ideas >> but just had to throw this out to you. 

Want a project that will get your kids engaged with gardening? 

Want a project that can help your kids get engaged with others?

Or just a…


Added by Jane Gay on April 29, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Financial and Design Solutions for the Development of Inclusive Child Care Centers.

Another Easter Seal resource is the Financial and Design Solutions for the Development of Inclusive Child Care Centers.    There is an increasing need for child care programs that incorporate children with disabilities into their child care centers. If you are interested in this, or want to share with child care centers in your community go to http://www.easterseals.…


Added by Jane Gay on April 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

We Wish You A Merry Autism Christmas

                                   We wish you a Merry Autism Christmas!


            Today is Christmas, Autism Christmas! Yes you heard me right. I recently received gifts from Autism Santa for my three kids who are on the spectrum.  The gifts come from a man who is known as Autism Santa. I personally don’t know Autism Santa but I love what he has done. It all started with trains. He decided to send a train to a child with autism that he did not know. Then suddenly he…


Added by Melinda Smith Pace on April 25, 2015 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Why Some Of My Best Friends Are People I Never Met

Why Some Of My Best Friends Are People I Never Met


            I can honestly say that some of my best friends are people I never met. The internet has been a source of information, resources and support, yes, support for me. Since we started this path long, long time ago I have become dependent on the internet. I have found Facebook support groups, specific web support groups and social media groups created just to support people with disabilities. I have also…


Added by Melinda Smith Pace on April 24, 2015 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Looking Ahead

As this school year winds down and a care-free, homework free, IEP free summer approaches, there are a few very important things that need attention to ensure your child gets the best possible start to the next school year.

For instance, who will your child's teacher be in the fall?  What are the teacher's expectations?  Has this teacher worked with students with similar needs?  Will this teacher communicate openly…


Added by Trinette Winn on April 22, 2015 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Thinking gardening? - 3

Okay, another way to get a raised garden bed (flower or vegetable) is “straw bale” gardening.  This may be a new idea for many of you, but it really works

You can learn more about this at  …


Added by Jane Gay on April 22, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Day 2 of our Celebration Week

This week at ZLS we are celebrating every child's potential.  This is day two and it is specific to our campaign called S.H.I.N.E.

This link is for our video specific to sensory storytime as well as other important links.


Added by Zachary Stier on April 21, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Storybook Project!

Introducing the S.H.I.N.E. Storybook Project! Begin a division of ZLS Consulting, S.H.I.N.E. empowers all individuals but a specific focus on everyone with a disability and their family to help teach the power of storytelling and advocacy.

We all have the ability to S.H.I.N.E. and it is the overall mission of ZLS Consulting, LLC to help all children reach their potential.

From that, we now have the S.H.I.N.E. Storybook Project for you and your family to do together. It is…


Added by Zachary Stier on April 20, 2015 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Go To A Transition Workshop

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Go To A Transition Workshop

 1.  Information.  As with every conference or workshop I have attended there is tons of information. Just when you think you have learned about every resource in your county you find out there is more, maybe even just what you need. At the transition workshop I went to I learned about workshops that were focused on transition. My oldest child is 17. He…


Added by Melinda Smith Pace on April 19, 2015 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Gardening in mind? 2

A variation of accessible raised garden beds can be container gardens.  Self-watering containers make it even easier.  For more information about how to make these go to…


Added by Jane Gay on April 15, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Gardening in mind?? 1

Gardening is good physical activity and also promotes good eating habits.  Think about how you can include your children in your home garden or a community garden.  Maybe your child could volunteer as part of a community garden that grows things for local food banks??  You might remember from an…


Added by Jane Gay on April 8, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Your Team

Your child's team consists of many people, more than you will ever realize.  Your overall team is one thing, your first string is another.  Your first string are those who are on the field with you, involved daily in your child's life, an active voice advocating for your child.

It's hard to sift through all of the people and all of the voices that are coming at you.  Who do you listen to?  Who do you weed out?  Who do you…


Added by Trinette Winn on April 6, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Question for parents

Hello! My name is September Symens, and I'm a senior at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. I'm also a sibling of someone with special needs. I'm currently working on my final project for our honors program, which, for me, will be a magazine specifically for new parents of children with special needs. My goal is to acquaint new parents with the resources available to them in the Midwest through journalistic articles, and I'm doing one piece about the ASK Center and its FIND network. If…


Added by September Symens on April 6, 2015 at 12:03pm — 3 Comments



I am doing research on self-employment for special needs young adults and would like to get information from you about yourself and/or your child.  Thank you in advance for your time and willingness to complete these questions.


  1. What type of work or volunteer activities have you done in the past or are you doing currently?


      2. What vocational programs are you currently involved in or have been in…


Added by Mary Jankowski on April 4, 2015 at 4:10pm — 1 Comment

Courage League Swimming Program

A lot of new things at Courage League but a quick note on our swimming program. We are offering two 4-week summer swimming sessions at Walnut Ridge Senior Living Center. Our swimming program will combine water safety skills and water play/aerobics for toddlers to school-aged youth with special needs. The pool is equipped with an accessible ramp and is heated to 90 beautiful degrees. Registration is open, please check out our website,…


Added by Courage League Sports on April 2, 2015 at 2:19pm — 1 Comment

HCBS waiver changes proposed without consumer representation

Upon reviewing the proposed transition plan(s) for the waivers I discovered that the state is interacting with providers to discuss transition planning as it relates to quality assurance and government compliance but one HUGE thing is missing. THERE IS NOT ANY REFERENCE TO HOW THE TRANSITION WILL IMPACT THE CONSUMER OR THE PERSON WITH A DISABITY! I don’t know about you but this is very concerning. Please do not sit back and let the government make decisions that will affect our loved ones…


Added by Melissa on April 2, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Iowa City area summer camp for kids with autism and other developmental disabilities

Harambee Summer Program

We are proud to announce our new summer program for children aged 12 and older with mild to severe autism and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing one to one support within an overarching commitment to safety, our summer program offers participants individualized opportunities to develop social, recreational and living skills through an array of activities on site at our facility and out in the community. Possibilities…


Added by Renee Speh on April 1, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

How about a new backpack for spring??

My Pink BFF Wheelchair Backpack

Designed with three storage compartments, one pocket in the front of the bag and a larger zippered pocket behind it. And you have a large zippered main compartment witch is wide open with a pocket sleeve on the inside-back.

You also have two side net pockets for water-bottles…


Added by Jane Gay on April 1, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

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