Category Archives: Parents & Families

Celebrating 40 Years of IDEA: Supporting Youth, Schools, and Families!

The following blog is by Marissa Sanders, an independent consultant Video Interpreter for Sorenson Communications. Marissa Sanders has worked in disability rights for more than 15 years, previously serving as Executive Director of the West Virginia Commission for  the Deaf … Continue reading

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What Does Chronic Absenteeism Cost Students with Disabilities?

In celebration of Attendance Awareness Month, NCWD/Youth welcomes guest blogger Hedy Chang, Director of Attendance Works. Attendance Works is a national nonprofit focused on improving the policy, practice, and research around school attendance. NCWD/Youth is a Collaborating Partner for Attendance … Continue reading

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IDEA Changes Lives: My Experience with Early Intervention

The following blog is a cross-post from the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education. The blog is written by Kelly Coyne, the proud mom of 9.5 year-old twin girls in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities … Continue reading

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“Same Struggle, Different Difference” – Opportunities for Togetherness

The following is a cross-post from (Work in Progress) the official blog of the U.S. Department of Labor. The blog is written by  Dylan Orr, chief of staff for the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Each June, the LGBTQ+ community … Continue reading

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Expect. Employ. Empower.

The following is a cross-post from (Work in Progress) the official blog of the U.S. Department of Labor. The blog is written by Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. As assistant secretary of labor for disability employment … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Striking Out

The following blog entry is a cross-post from (Work in Progress), the official blog of the U.S. Department of Labor. The blog is written by Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy.  In 1923, Babe Ruth batted his way … Continue reading

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Taking Charge: Tips for Youth with Special Health Care Needs

When parents have a child or young adult with a disability or special health care need, they take on additional roles beyond typical parents. Parents become caregivers, advocates, and decision makers in all the systems their child is involved in … Continue reading

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Connecting Families to Disability Employment Awareness Efforts

The idea that people with disabilities can and should be employed has come a long way in recent decades.  As a society, we have progressed from a paradigm of low expectations for employment to today’s exciting efforts to spread the … Continue reading

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