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Trending Special Needs Topics: Robert Redford, TSA, Doll Houses, Disney World & More

Photo Credit: The Guardian

We have decided to bring back an old favorite: Weekly Special Needs Roundups. Every Week we recap the previous week’s special needs news stories, blog posts and videos. Here are 16 stories you should know about.

The Architecture of Autism

architecture of autismHere is a truth about children with autism: they grow up to become adults with autism. Advocates estimate that over the next decade some 500,000 such individuals will come of age in the United States.
New York Times

TSA may have the perfect job for autistic workers

tsaThink of the times when you’ve had to carry out a repetitive, boring task. Now recall how quickly your mind began to wander. That is a significant problem in many real-world jobs, and is a special challenge for Transportation Security Administration baggage screeners at airports, who have to look at hundreds of X-rayed bags, trying to pick out dangerous objects from jumbles of hair dryers, toiletries, socks and shoes.

special Needs DollhouseArchitects Design Gorgeous Dollhouses For Children With Special Needs

These aren’t your typical Barbie Dream Houses. Twenty acclaimed modern architects were enlisted by British property developer Cathedral Group to design one-of-a-kind dollhouses customized for children with special needs. The items will help Cathedral raise funds for improving these children’s lives.
Huffington Post

Forget the meds and special schools: The best cure for my son’s learning issues is time off

Medication and learning disabilitiesMy cheeks burned as I played along, offering sound bites. A start-up venture. A film project. Independent study. Anything to avoid the truth: that my handsome, broad-shouldered son was, probably, at that very moment, home in bed with the shutters drawn, covers pulled over his head. Officially, Will was taking a gap year.
Washington Post

WATCH: Professor Invents Incredible New Wheelchair So Kids With Disabilities Can Dance

A dance professor turned inventor is changing the lives of kids with disabilities. Merry Lynn Morris is a professor at the University of South Florida, and she’s spent the last seven years building a wheelchair that helps those with disabilities dance.
Huffington Post

How Robert Redford’s family are changing our thinking on dyslexia

On the face of it, Dylan Redford has everything going for him – he is a handsome, intelligent and artistic 22-year-old who happens to be the grandson of Robert Redford. But he is also severely dyslexic and, at the age of 10, could barely read or write.
The Guardian

Disability organizations are getting the word out about how health insurance works.

disabilities affordable care actMany people with pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis, have not been able to get coverage in the past, and therefore need help understanding basic insurance terms as well as how to find an insurance plan that covers specialty medications or includes a medical specialist within a network.
USA Today

Top Special Needs Blog Posts

Now Handicapped Parking Abuse Can Be Reported with Phone App

The handicapped parking spot you need is occupied by a vehicle with no indication the person parked there is handicapped. In fact, you saw the driver and passengers exit the car, and everyone appeared completely healthy. It’s time to tap the app! Let’s face it. Abuse of handicapped parking spaces is a pervasive problem.
AMSVANS

What Parents of Special Needs Children need YOU To Know

Michelle Cushatt7 realities many parents of special needs kids need you to know (but won’t tell you):  #1 I’m not snubbing you. You know the messages I haven’t replied to, the appointment I missed, and the get-together that never happened? I’m not avoiding you. In fact, I need you now more than ever.
Michele Cushatt

photo-of-mickey-mouseDisney news: Updated info on the new Disability Access Service Card, replacing the Guest Assistance Card

A whole lot of parents have been awaiting more news about Disney’s new Disability Access Service Card, which is replacing the Guest Assistance Card as of Wednesday, Oct 9, at Disney World and Disney Land. When I talked with a spokesperon a couple of weeks ago, she assured me that the new program would be accommodating because, as she said, “We get that needs of individuals vary dramatically, and that one size doesn’t fit all.
Love That Max

From the Friendship Circle Special Needs Resource Blog

5 Toys to Promote Problem Solving for a Child With Special Needs

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Problem solving is an integral part of a child’s success, confidence and independence. Problem solving helps children make discoveries about the world around them, learn the skills to relate to others and communicate effectively while achieving … [Read More…]

Six Flags39 Theme Parks With Special Needs Access Passes

An increasing number of theme parks, including Disney World and Disney Land, have recently changed their policies for guests with disabilities, cancelling the access passes that allow guests with disabilities to bypass queues for rides … [Read More…]

Wheelchair VanVacation Tips: Traveling with your Wheelchair Accessible Van

Traveling, whether you have a disability or not, can be an incredible experience, or it can be an absolute nightmare. That’s why it’s always best to have a plan in place before you go… [Read More…]

Child Custody HearingWhen Child Protective Service Calls (And What To Do About It)

Parenting is a demanding responsibility that is magnified for parents of children with special needs. While one would hope that teachers and other parents would be … [Read More…]

Teachers10 Ways to Nurture a Positive Relationship with the School Team

Last week I received an e-mail from my son’s school social worker: “I am so glad that you’re on our team!” I haven’t always received positive feedback from my son’s school team like that. … [Read More…]

10 Sensory Chew Toys For Children With Autism Other Special Needs10 Sensory Chew Toys For Children With Autism & Other Special Needs
Many people have a tendency to chew on anything they can get their hands on. It is very common to see children with special needs and particularly those with autism chewing on … [Read More…]

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Tzvi Schectman

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Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+
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