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June 2015 Blog Posts (17)

31 Secrets of People Who Live With Anxiety

Do you, your child, or someone you know suffer from anxiety? Have you struggled to understand why a person suffers from anxiety? Read these 31 secrets people living with anxiety have shared.

http://themighty.com/2015/05/31-secrets-of-people-who-live-with-anxiety/?fb_ref=Default…

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Added by Nicole Hill on June 29, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Daniel Kish: "How I Use Sonar to Navigate the World"

Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a rousing talk, Kish demonstrates how this works and asks us to let go of our fear of the “dark unknown.”

In his TED video, Daniel Kish spoke about how we all have…

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Added by Nicole Hill on June 25, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Nonverbal teen wows Lady Gaga with dynamic performance

In her everyday life, she's Katie Dorman, a mostly nonverbal student with Down syndrome who attends Suffield High School in Connecticut. But when the 17-year-old dons a flowing blonde wig and takes the stage to the tune of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face," she becomes "Katy Gaga" — to the delight of her classmates, the Internet, and the very superstar who inspired her.…

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Added by Ashley Gill on June 24, 2015 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Transitions 2

In my last blog I talked about transitions and how we as parents are transitioning as well as our kids.  There are so many areas of Transition, I could write a book!  But today, I'm going to talk a little about having a backup plan just in case the original plan doesn't work.  As well as how to transition your child from the original plan to the backup plan with as little trauma to their self-esteem as possible.

Having…

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Added by Trinette Winn on June 24, 2015 at 10:13am — No Comments

BAZWNG

Yep, that is what I said, BAZWNG.

 

 

 

 

BAZWNG means Button And Zip With NGrip, it is a no grip dressing aid designed by a quadriplegic to help him button and zip his pants.  This is a new but different…

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Added by Jane Gay on June 24, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Help Your Child Stay on Track This Summer!

Check out this great webinar on fun and engaging summer activities for reading and math:

Help Your Child Stay on Track This Summer

The webinar will eventually be moved to the Members Only section of the LDA website, so watch soon!

Added by Kathy Specketer on June 19, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Which Sense Could You Live Without?

“If you had to live without one of your five senses, which one would you choose?”

In fifth grade, my teacher asked my reading group this question. Most students in my group replied with taste, or scent, or smell. What was my reply?

Sight.

And the crowd gasps.

It was a barbaric response, in my fellow classmates’ eyes and in my teacher’s eye. I even have trouble processing it today.

What was I…

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Added by Nicole Hill on June 17, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

3D Printed Hands

We're lucky to live in a world where dreams can become reality. Research today in the medical community is outstanding, which is allowing individuals who thought they would never have something again to have it. Prosthetic limbs have been a hot topic in the media lately. 

A new 3D printed hand, which has been designed for fabrication on 3DS Cube and CubePro computers, is debuting. 

ROCK HILL, S.C., June 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- …

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Added by Nicole Hill on June 17, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Try ii-Music for FREE

Try ii-Music for FREE

ii-Music is a new musical instrument for eye gaze, designed to be played with your eyes.  It operates using cursor position and "dwell to click” meaning that you can use it with almost any cursor control-based system, including head-trackers.  No need to read music or memorize scales to give this a go - all you need is a love of music.  The software is also compatible with Skoog, so you can also use it to enhance your performance by changing notes or adding…

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Added by Jane Gay on June 17, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Transitions

Transitions: that word can cover a wide range of meanings, depending on the age of your child and the "transition" they are going through.  My son is 20 and just completed his first year of college.  He was diagnosed in 2nd grade with multiple learning challenges.  We've been through every transition and then some.  I know how stressful and difficult each transition can be.  I've also learned a lot and hope…

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Added by Trinette Winn on June 15, 2015 at 10:28am — 1 Comment

Dream Big! Special Education Has Doors to Opportunity!

Chance Mair, a student with Asperger's Syndrome, started school receiving supports and services through an IEP.  This week he graduated as his class valedictorian.  Read Chance's story:

http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/06/12/teen-special-valedictorian/20377/ ;…

Chance Mair, who has Asperger's syndrome, started school in a special education classroom, but graduated this week as valedictorian. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times/TNS)

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Added by Paula S. Connolly on June 12, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Please review CDD website

The Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) is looking for volunteers to explore its University UCEDD website (http://www.uihealthcare.org/UCEDD/) and then take a short survey about your thoughts on the website and its content. 

 The survey should not take more than five minutes to complete.  Please do this before June 26th at 5 p.m.  Look at the website before starting the survey. We are especially interested in your…

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Added by Jane Gay on June 9, 2015 at 10:10am — No Comments

My Talk with Grandin

Hi Families:

Been sometime since I posted but I have something exciting to share. As the founder of ZLS Consulting, LLC I have developed a campaign called S.H.I.N.E. (Significance, heart, impact, new, and everlasting) to help individuals and families with disability learn storytelling and advocacy skills. Part of this campaign includes S.H.I.N.E. interview series. The goal for these interviews to help individuals and families know that they can make a great impact in the world.

I…

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Added by Zachary Stier on June 7, 2015 at 9:52am — No Comments


FIND Staff
How to Change Your Email

If you ever need to change your email address, follow the steps in this tutorial to do so.

Step 1: Click the “Settings” tab in the left sidebar. 

Step 2: Click the “Change” link next to your email address.…

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Added by FIND Support on June 4, 2015 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Mount'n Mover + Trumpet = BAND

Mount'n Mover    Think beyond supporting a computer monitor!!  A Mount'n Mover is able to stabilize and position a student’s  trumpet so he can play it using only one arm. How cool is that!!!  …

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Added by Jane Gay on June 4, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Telecommunications Access Iowa (TAI)

 Could your child benefit from an adapted telephone? Is your child 5 years old or older?

 This program was established as a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act to work in conjunction with Relay Iowa, a telephone relay service to provide for communication access over the telephone.

 TAI can provide a voucher for a single telephone product or a package which would include a headset or neckloop and/or a ringer that either flashes a light or produces a louder sound when…

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Added by Jane Gay on June 3, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Networking

I can't express the importance of networking with other families of unique kids enough.  When Colton was diagnosed, I felt completely alone.  I felt like I was the only mom out there with a child who struggled as Colton did.  After all, we were told when he was diagnosed that only 1% of kids have this combination of challenges.  We MUST be the only ones, at least the only ones in our little town way down in the corner of the state.…

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Added by Trinette Winn on June 1, 2015 at 9:15am — No Comments

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