“Life in a Special-Needs World”

Parents Magazine Study Reveals One In Four Moms Wonder Whether A Special Needs Evaluation Is Needed For Their Child (via PR Newswire)

“Life in a Special-Needs World” Exclusive Report Explores Health and Happiness of Children of All Abilities NEW YORK, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Parents magazine today revealed exclusive results from a study of moms of children with special needs…

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Support for ABLE Act Continues to Grow

Support continues to grow for the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act – S. 313/H.R. 647), introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC). The ABLE Act would help parents save for their children’s long term care and ease financial strains faced by families of individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, medical, and transportation. The New York Times Editorial Board has weighed in on this important issue. Read their endorsement of the ABLE Act here.

Special Needs Registry for Individuals in Southeastern, PA

Special Needs Registry

A new registry jointly developed by Bucks, Chester and Montgomery Counties to allow citizens with special needs and their associates to voluntarily provide information to assist emergency response agencies.

The Registry is a planning tool to allow individuals with special needs the opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies, so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergencies. The Registry is a cooperative effort between Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, brought to you by the South-eastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force.

You can read more about this registry or sign up at: https://specialneedspa.org.

Free Community Seminar

Trust Planning for your Loved Ones with Special Needs

Abington Township Library
1030 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Joseph M. Masiuk, Esq. Flood & Masiuk, LLC
Kelly Clarke, MSW, Executive Director Plan of PA
Patrick Bergmaier, CFP® Independence Wealth Strategies, an office of MetLife

To Register
Call 215.322.6330


Note: The material on this site is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended to imply and should not be construed as an endorsement of any product or service.

2nd Family Resilience Conference

Mr. Taylor & Dr. NaseefDr. Naseef 2Dr. Naseef 1Mr. LeBuffe & Dr. NaseefMr. Bud TaylorDr. Benoit & Mr. Kreider
Vernick SmithLunch AudienceAttendees at Info TableMr. Kreider & the FotisKids at Snack TimePumpkin Painting
Sib ShopA Capella Pops Performing 1A Capella Pops Performing 2

2nd Family Resilience Conference, a set on Flickr.

Posted a few photos to Flickr from our conference last month.

Homework Tips for Parents

NCLD_logoDo you find it difficult getting your child to do his homework? The National Center for Learning Disabilities has “Homework Tips for Parents” that you might find helpful. 

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. In recognition of this we are asked to teach one person something new about learning disabilities.

Two great websites to visit for more information on Learning Disabilities are LD OnLine and Reading Rockets

Also this month the National Center for Learning Disabilities is sponsoring a contest for parents.  To enter the contest parent’s are asked to share a 6-Word Parent Story.

NCLD will select the best submission on October 22 and the winner will receive an LD prize pack. NCLD Prize Pack

Cheerleader with Down Syndrome Stars in Finalist Video for GMA’s Katy Perry ‘Roar’ Contest


Arizona’s Verrado High School entry into the Good Morning America/Katy Perry Roar contest has gone viral, in part because of one special cheerleader. The instructions for the “Good Morning America” Katy Perry music video contest were simple: Students had to submit a music video for Perry’s song “Roar” featuring fellow students up to two minutes long by Oct. 1.

Perry will perform a concert at the winning school on Oct. 25, which also will be broadcast on “Good Morning America.”

The High School’s video tells the story of 18-year-old senior Megan Squire who was born with Down syndrome. Squire has been on the cheerleading team for four years and is now on the varsity squad. The video re-enacts Squire’s attempt to get on the team.

See the video on YouTube.

Study Finds Siblings of Disabled Kids May Show Emotional Effects

A recent study finds that healthy siblings of children with a disability experienced more problems with interpersonal relationships, psychological issues, functioning at school, and getting involved with sports and hobbies than did kids without such siblings. Read more about the study here.

What the Shutdown Means for Disability Services

As the first U.S. government shutdown in more than 17 years takes hold, some programs benefiting people with disabilities will continue with business as usual while others grind to a halt.

The shutdown, which began Tuesday, comes after Congress failed to reach a deal to fund the federal government for the new fiscal year starting in October. Under a shutdown, some services considered “essential” will continue operating while many other government activities will come to a standstill as 800,000 federal workers are sent home until a new budget takes effect.

Take a look at how the shutdown will impact programs that people with developmental disabilities rely on at the Disability Scoop website.


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