Education Week has published their 10th edition of “Diplomas Count”

Diplomas Count 2015-Next Steps: Life After Special Education examines the transition out of K-12 schooling for students with disabilities, who account for 8.5 percent of the nation’s 6- to 21-year-olds, and profiles five young adults who are currently facing this changeover.

After spending years in a special education system that carefully spells out their rights and the services they should receive, students with disabilities often find it daunting to contemplate their next steps after high school. Should they apply to college, look for a job, or stay in the special education system until they “age out” at 21? See Education Week’s press release about “Diplomas Count 2015” for more information.


The Child Mind Institute releases a new Children’s Mental Health Report

According to the report an estimated 17.1 million US children and adolescents now have, or have had in the past, a diagnosable psychiatric disorder and two thirds of children with a mental illness do not get treatment. You can view additional statistics and the full report on the Child Mind Institute website.

You also might want to take a look at their additional resources including a “Parents Guide to Getting Good Care“.


Stop Stigma with Science

Stop Stigma with Science logo
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation will be running an awareness campaign.  You can participate in the “Stop Stigma with Science” awareness campaign by “liking”, “sharing”, “tweeting” or commenting on their social media posts. For more information or to download their “Outreach Toolkit” visit their “Stop Stigma with Science” campaign website.


Building Family Bonds: A Free Workshop for Families

For families who live in Southeastern, PA there is a free workshop being offered by Child and Family Connections. The workshop takes place on 8 consecutive Tuesdays starting April 28, 2015 through June 16, 2015. For more information see:
Building Family Bonds: A Free Workshop for Families To Help Families Rebuild, Renew, and Strengthen Relationship Impacted By Parental Mental Illness


Upcoming Autism Conferences and Events

  1. Autism Public Health Lecture – The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute invites you to attend The Third Annual Autism Public Health Lecture featuring Dr. Brooke Ingersoll, who will present “Parent – Mediated Intervention in ASD: Challenges and Opportunities”. Lecture is being held on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 from 9:00am – 11:00am at Nesbitt Hall: Ruth Auditorium (33rd & Market Streets). Continental breakfast is from 8:30am-9:00am. Please visit the Autism Institute events website: http://www.drexel.edu/AutismInstitute/events for more information. To RSVP for The Third Annual Autism Public Health Lecture please click here. RSVP is preferred but not required.
  2. REACH FOR THE FUTURE – Free CHOP Workshop for kids in grades 7-12 who have an autism spectrum disorder, autism, PDD-NOS, or Asperger syndrome on April 16, 2015 from 6-8:30 pm. It is designed to cover topics to prepare them for life beyond high school including: community participation, higher education, physical health and well being and vocational planning. Both students and parents are encouraged to attend. For more information- http://www.chop.edu/transition RSVP TO 267.426.5569 or REACH@email.chop.edu by April 10, 2015.
  3. Philly Aims Autism Conference – Penn Behavioral Health & Philly Aims is holding a free conference entitled, “It Takes a Village: Creating Positive School Experiences for your Child with Autism” on Friday April 24th from 8:30am-3:00pm at the Sheraton in University City (3549 Chestnut Street). To learn more about the conference and to register go to: https://www.autismphilly.eventbrite.com or call 215-573-8472.
  4. LaSalle – Autism Conference – Building Bridges through Self-Advocacy Across Lifespan at LaSalle University- Union Building, 1900 West Olney Avenue on Friday May 1st, from 8:00am-3:00pm. Registration information available online at http://studentaffairs.lasalle.edu/autism or call 609-518-1259.
  5. School District of Philadelphia 8th Annual Autism Expo – hosted by School District of Philadelphia, Office of Specialized Services, The Julia Ward Howe School and Hill Freedman World Academy on Friday May 8th at 9:30am at the Education Center, 440 N Broad Street. More details will be available soon.

New Program: Psychosis Education, Assessment, Care, and Empowerment

PEACE Fact Sheet

PEACE is a new community-based early psychosis program for Philadelphia. The program is for individuals age 15 and older who have been experiencing symptoms for a year or less. See the flyer for more details.


The unseen- siblings of special needs kids

Resilient Blogger:

Beautifully written.

Originally posted on seizinghopedotcom:

Emily and I on a rare 1:1 lunch date


The unseen-siblings of special needs kids

Invisibility. That’s the superpower that siblings of special needs kids cultivate. Even if they wanted a different one like being able to fly they would be stuck with invisible. It’s not a choice. None of us got a choice. image

It’s not that I don’t actually see my other children. And it’s not that I don’t try. It’s just that no matter how much effort and attention I give them Haley, by virtue of her diagnosis, needs more. We all sacrifice things for her. Whether it’s a family vacation because the medical bills are too much, or a trip to an amusement park because Haley can’t do the rides, or not participating in an after school activity because Haley has a Dr appointment. But one of the things that we don’t really acknowledge is sacrificed is…

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