March is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month and is also commonly referred to as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. What can you do this month to be a part of it? How did it originate and grow over the years? Here’s everything you need to know about Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. What is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month?
Everywhere, around the globe, you can see how any difference will set a child apart from their peers. Whether it’s language, disability, etc. it’s important to recognize these differences and find a way to bring them together for general inclusiveness, social, and learning purposes in an inclusive education environment. So, how does this happen? Let’s
2020 Budget is scheduled for Vote this Thursday, March 12 As a follow up to our urgent request for emails and phone calls to Senators and Delegates for the Virginia Budget, we’d like to thank the advocates who met with their General Assembly members and wrote, emailed, made phones, and much more. We’re very grateful
Census 2020 On April 1, 2020, it is important that people with disabilities and their families are ready to be counted. Every 10 years, the census counts everyone in the United States. The gathered census data affects many key things. So it’s vital that everyone be counted. The Census 2020 data determines how much
Call and email Virginia Budget Conferees now! The Senators and Delegates below have been appointed and are charged with negotiating Virginia’s Final Budget. We need ‘all hands on deck’ to help make sure that those with disabilities, and their families/caregivers, have their voices heard and have the necessary funds allotted for maintaining and improving their quality of
Why You Should Consider Occupational Therapy for Your Child with Special Needs For those who have a child with special needs, you may be interested in looking into occupational therapy to assist you with certain challenges. However, it can be overwhelming trying to navigate the logistics of where to begin. Both occupational therapy and physical
If your child has ADHD, you may feel a sense of dread or frustration at the mere mention of homework. Most likely, this is a challenging time in your household and you may not be sure why or how to handle it. Here’s why homework can be incredibly frustrating for children with ADHD, and how
As parents and attendants, you most likely know what a challenge bathing a child with Sensory Processing Disorder or SPC can be for everyone involved. The various factors that go into a bath, the different sounds, activities, and textures can therefore, be rather taxing for both the adult and child. The following tips will assist
Ability Unlimited changed our son’s life. Our son, Giovanni, is a non-verbal 4 year old who has Trisomy-21, Down syndrome. Giovanni applied for the assistive technology device for his communication needs through the Medicaid waiver. Ability Unlimited was instrumental in helping our family with our needs and helping us apply. Because of their help, Giovanni was approved for
One of our goals is to highlight assistive technology that may be useful to those with special needs. Today, we present RJ Cooper’s ‘BIG Blue’-Tooth Keyboard. This keyboard is wireless to protect against cord-tugging and accommodate restlessness, and has big 1″ keys for easy discovery and use (keys available in either colored rows or yellow). It
For many, Halloween is a time of eerie fun. This year, due to COVID-19, some people may have reservations regarding the holidays. However, Halloween can certainly cause sensory and social challenges for many of our loved ones, for any given year due to minimal sensory-friendly options.
Return to Learn: What to Expect With school boards scrambling to make decisions about returning to learning at districts across the country, parents and education leaders alike fear that students have struggled with virtual learning and potentially fallen behind in their learning. There is normally, a “summer slide” to be expected each year. The “summer