LEGAL RESOURCES As a parent of a child with a developmental disability, you are entitled to certain services provided in a voluntary, nondiscriminatory manner. These rights include the right to be evaluated, the right to be involved and informed and the right to consent. In some situations, a parent may need a
HEALTH SERVICES Developmental interventions, or “health services,” are provided to families who have a child or children that have a developmental delay. Medical treatment is recommended according to individual need and should not differ from common approaches to providing medical care. To get special therapy related services, the state will use an
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT Behavior management is a term used in educational settings that relates to the tools and techniques that teachers use to help keep their classrooms running smoothly. Behavior management focuses on the actions and conscious inactions that increase the probability that people choose to engage in productive and socially acceptable behavior.
PARENT SUPPORT SERVICES As a parent, it is not easy to suddenly be dependent on the advice of others to raise your child. However, since there are so many treatment options, it can help to have the advice, experience and support of a team that you trust and who will be patient
SCHOOL YEARS The school-age years bring new and exciting challenges and rewards for children. The school-age child develops a sense of personal competence using feedback from important adults and peers in their lives as well as their own self-evaluation. During this time, they learn basic academic and social skills, forming the basis
ADVOCACY Laws and regulations provide guidance and clarification about what is and is not acceptable when providing supports to individuals with disabilities. A number of Federal laws address accessibility and protect the rights of persons with disabilities. These laws cover access to a wide range of facilities and services, including housing, transportation,
INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PLANS AND 504 PLANS An Individualized Education Plan (IEP), also known as Individualized Education Program, is defined as a written plan that is designed to meet the unique needs of one child. Much like an IEP, a 504 plan can help students with learning and attention issues learn and participate
SUPPORT SERVICES Families with a child with a disability often need specific information, including: details about the disability, school services, therapy, local policies, funding sources, transportation, medical facilities and much more. As parents, you know your children best, so look for a professional team that will truly listen to your interests and
RESPITE Caring for a child with a disability can be overwhelming. Simple tasks of daily life, like going grocery shopping or cleaning the house, can become very difficult. Respite care is temporary care for persons with disabilities that is intended to provide assistance to a family to prevent burnout and family disintegration.
SUMMER PROGRAMS There are so many camp choices for children with disabilities! From highly specialized camps to general inclusion programs, there are options for every child. With thorough research, you should be able to find the right camp for your child. The American Camp Association makes it easy to find a great