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October 2015 Blog Posts (18)

Sesame Street’ Unveils Character With Autism

Just in case you haven't heard...

The makers of “Sesame Street” say Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Grover are getting a new friend with autism as part of an effort to reduce stigma and help those on the spectrum learn life skills.

Sesame Workshop said Wednesday that it is introducing a new character…

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Added by Jane Gay on October 28, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Interested in accessible picture books for all ages?

 

Check out this  resource for schools and families! The Tar Heel Reader is a free online source of thousands of picture books on topics of interest to students and teachers that they can read independently or hear read to them out loud.  Tar Heel Reader has been designed to allow students…

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Added by Jane Gay on October 28, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Find out about Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

 As this is the last week in National Employment Month, I’d like to encourage you to find out about Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services from its Director David Mitchell.  See this on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKUivmrI5Ws

Added by Jane Gay on October 27, 2015 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Finding Your Child's Passion

What is YOUR child’s passion?

When helping your child look for work, it’s important to consider his/her passions. What does she/he love most in life? Does he/she love animals? If so, you can encourage her/him to share that passion with a local animal shelter. Look into small local shelters that always…

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Added by Nicole Hill on October 26, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

40th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

40th Anniversary of IDEA

OSEP wants to hear from children and youth disabilities, teachers, parents, and other IDEA stakeholders about the impact IDEA has had. Please share your art, photographs, and writing with us for…

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Added by Lori Moore on October 22, 2015 at 2:08pm — No Comments


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40th Year of IDEA Celebration on FIND

Hello FIND Members!

You’re reading this because your life has been impacted by disability. This is the common thread that connects all FIND members. This year is a big year for the disability community as we celebrate the 25th year of ADA and the 40th year of IDEA.

On November 30, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed into law the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. The passage guaranteed access to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the…

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Added by FIND Support on October 22, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

There's an APP for that! How new technology is changing lives of people with Autism

Cloud-based app Brain in Hand can help children with autism plan their day-to-day activities.  A conference in Manchester is highlighting the groundbreaking technologies available, from biometric wristbands to robots that help with interaction

Bethan Jones is a teenager with autism and has been going through her ultimate nightmare: transition from school to college with a complete change of routine, bus route and circle of friends. But she is managing to cope…

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Added by Lori Moore on October 22, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Anyone can make amazing music.

Kids can experience the thrill of creating music from today’s best-known artists and songs along with their family and friends.  Making music with Beamz is fun and easy. Anyone can make great sounding music with just their first try so it keeps them coming back for more.  By moving your…

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Added by Jane Gay on October 22, 2015 at 9:24am — No Comments


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How to Upload a Video

The easiest way to add videos to your social network is to use the bulk media uploader which allows you to add up to 30 videos at a time. We support videos in the following formats: .mov, .mpg, .avi, .3gp and .wmv formats.

To upload videos, go to the Videos tab and click the “Add Videos” link. Then,…

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Added by FIND Support on October 21, 2015 at 2:07pm — No Comments

New service animal ADA document

New ADA Document: Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA

The Department of Justice has published a new 9-page ADA technical assistance document,…

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Added by Jane Gay on October 21, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Thinking about college for your student with visual impairments????

New Resource for Students with Visual Impairments: Affordable Colleges Online Affordable Colleges Online (ACO) offers an open-access, expert-driven guide to higher education for students with visual impairments.  You can view the guide here: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/colleges-helping-visually-impaired-students/

Added by Jane Gay on October 14, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Repetition May Hinder Learning In Those With Autism

From Disability Scoop:

Repetitive drills are often used to help individuals with autism learn new skills, but new research suggests that this approach may do more harm than good.

Rather than enhance their abilities, training those on the spectrum to follow predictable patterns may actually inhibit their ability to apply new skills in the real world, according to findings…

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Added by Nicole Hill on October 13, 2015 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Presidential Proclamation — National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015

President Obama has released a proclamation naming October 2015 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), saying "America is at its strongest when we harness the talents and celebrate the distinct gifts of all our people. This October, as we observe the 70th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, let us pay tribute to all who fought for better laws, demanded better treatment, and overcame ignorance and indifference to make our Nation more…

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Added by Lori Moore on October 9, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

My Disability is One Part of Who I Am - NDEAM 2015

Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, penned a blog for the US Department of Labor reflecting on the 2015 NDEAM theme "My Disability is One Part of Who I Am." Sheehy notes that disability is only one aspect of her life, remarking that "I'm also a public servant, advocate and federal agency leader. I'm a Cornell and Georgetown alumna. I'm a wife, sister, daughter, aunt, dog lover, and sports and outdoor enthusiast."…

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Added by Lori Moore on October 9, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Autism and Exercise -- Launch of New Video Series

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) and the Exercise Connection launch new video series, Improving the Lives of Individuals with Autism through Exercise.   The goal of the series is to help parents, caregivers, educators and therapists introduce exercise to their children or students on the autism spectrum.  The series will unveil on NCHPAD’s YouTube Channel and…

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Added by Jane Gay on October 7, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Mount'n Mover creates accessible workstations

Create an accessible workstation in the classroom, library and resource center!

Pre-school, K-12, college and work!!

  Mount'n Mover provides accessible workstations for individuals of all abilities. Think about using the mount in your classroom, library or resource center to offer optimal access and positioning of devices and activities. It's easy to make adjustments for height, tilt and rotation to accommodate many users.

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Added by Jane Gay on October 6, 2015 at 11:38am — No Comments

Kayley's Employment Story

Kayley Gill of Des Moines may be the owner of Kayley’s Coop, but she will be the first one to tell you that she couldn’t do it without her flock of helpers. After all, Rosie, Annie, Comet, Buffy, Baby, and Bobbie Sue faithfully keep her supplied with fresh eggs to sell. What began as…

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Added by Nicole Hill on October 5, 2015 at 12:52pm — No Comments

What Can YOU Do?

2015 is the 70th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month! During the month, I encourage you to check out the WHAT CAN YOU DO campaign. 

National Campaign Challenges Public to Improve Disability Employment Landscape

The Campaign…

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Added by Nicole Hill on October 1, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

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