Little-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education - While
House Republicans lined up votes Wednesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act,
Vickie Glenn, a Medicaid coordinator for Tri-County Special Education, an
Illinois cooperative that helps more than 20 school districts deliver special
education services to students, was worried about an issue that few in Congress
were discussing: how the new American Health Care Act, with its deep cuts to
Medicaid, would affect her students.
British Royals Talk
About Mental Health and Their Own Struggles
Shows How A Top College Can Be More Affordable Than You Thought - I'll
start with a quick question. How much would you say it costs to attend a top
private college like Dartmouth or Pomona for one year? I'm guessing that the
first number that pops into your mind is quite large, like $60,000.
Heads Together: #OkToSay Films to Encourage Conversation Around Mental Health
How to Build Resilient Kids, Even After a Loss
Adults With Special Needs Put Talents to Work at Soul Studio - Here 60
artists paint, work with fiber and clay, sew, make music, take photographs and
use technology to reveal hidden talents. Each of them has special needs, but all
are welcome at Soul Studio.
Michigan's Federal School Compliance Plan Will 'Negatively Impact' Disabled
Students - Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says a federal compliance plan
from the Michigan Department of Education would not "meaningfully account" for
students with disabilities and needs additional work before the U.S. Department
of Education signs off on it. MDE's plan to comply with the federal Every
Student Succeeds Act includes an option for a system that would hold schools
accountable for the performance of student subgroups - such as economically
disadvantaged students or students with disabilities - if there's 30 or more
students in each group.
Parenting Styles Shape Our Children - Everybody is familiar with the
concept of helicopter parents, so-called because they hover around their
toddlers. But what happens when kids get a little older and helping them develop
gets more complicated than simply to hover or not to hover?
Can Religious Schools Discriminate Against Students With Disabilities? -
Michigan Supreme Court looks at decisions at Catholic school.
Abused as a Small Boy. Now What? - When the fidgety, anxious, 5-year-old
boy came in about a year ago to see pediatrician Tina Hahn, it was soon apparent
to her this was a case medication alone would not solve.
Boys Get the Same Haircut so Teacher 'Wouldn't be Able to Tell Them Apart.'
- A mom named Lydia Stith Rosebush posted a story on Facebook about her
5-year-old son, Jax, who wanted to get the same haircut as his best friend,
Reddy, to fool their teacher.
New Legislation Would Allow
Fingerprints/Photos of Kids w/Special Health Care Needs - Michigan
Representative Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) has introduced Michigan House Bill 4137
to make it easier to find and identify children with special health care needs
who become missing.
See The Amazing Moment When A Deaf Person Hears For The First Time (AOL
Resolution No. 31 - A resolution to declare March 1, 2017 as “Spread The
Word To End The Word Day” in the state of Michigan.
Wonder, the Goldendoodle, Gets Another Day in Court - US Supreme
Court orders review of Michigan service dog case: The U.S. Supreme Court
today unanimously ruled that the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals should
reconsider whether Ehlena Fry and her family can sue a Jackson County school
district for its decision years ago to tell Ehlena, who has cerebral palsy,
that she couldn’t bring her service dog to school.
National Webinar - Equity in
IDEA: Significant Disproportionality Final Rule - A new US Department
of Education rule addresses the fact that students of color are more likely
to be identified with a disability, be educated in segregated settings, and
to face harsher discipline. The webinar is on March 2, 2017 from 3-4 EST. A
recording of the webinar and presentation materials will be posted after the
webinar at the new SICC/SAP website.
Michigan's Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Has a Message for Parents - Calley
recorded this video on the spur of the moment and posted it on Facebook as
the school year started, encouraging parents to talk to their children about
making friends with the kids who often get left out.
Part C of IDEA: Call For Comments - The Michigan Department of
Education requests public comment on the state's proposed application for
federal funding for Michigan's Part C of IDEA (Early On) program. This is a
document submitted every year to assure the federal government that there
are policies and procedures in place to support the use of the funds and
also shows how the money is being allocated. A link to the draft application
and public comment instructions is online at
Public comment can be made from Feb. 27 through 5 PM on Mar. 29, 2017.
Access Initiative: Access to Courts
SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Early On Conference: Nov 15-16, 2017 in
Autism Family Network - We
are a non-profit organization helping families affected by autism in west
Michigan (Grand Rapids, jenison, hudsonville, coopersville, allendale, etc :) We
offer monthly parent support meetings, family fun events, e-newsletters, parent
seminars, family grants, and family nights out.
and Lead Poisoning
MI Senate Bill 63 Introduced to Allow Lead in
Water to Remain at 10ppb (1/24/17) - Michigan Senators Jim Ananich (D-Flint)
and Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing) today introduced Senate Bill 63 to establish
an allowable level of lead in drinking water at 10 ppb and to allow it to remain
at 10 ppb (parts per billion) until January 21, 2021, after which it would drop
to 5 ppb. In 2016 the CDC lowered the acceptable level of lead in drinking water
from 10 ppb to 5 ppb stating: "Experts now use a reference level of 5 micrograms
per deciliter to identify children with blood lead levels that are much higher
than most children's levels. This new level is based on the U.S. population of
children ages 1-5 years who are in the highest 2.5% of children when tested for
lead in their blood." The CDC also notes: "No safe blood lead level in children
has been identified." You can read the bill language here:
Beyond Suspension or Expulsion, ‘Restorative Practices’ is More Thoughtful
Discipline - Bill Sower is president of the Ann Arbor-based Christopher &
Virginia Sower Center for Successful Schools, a for-profit licensee of the
non-profit International Institute for Restorative Practices. Beginning August
1, a package of new state laws will change the landscape of student disciplinary
action in Michigan. Depending on how these laws are implemented in schools, they
may either improve or damage the learning climate. The laws require schools to
consider certain circumstances like a student’s age and disciplinary history
before issuing suspensions or expulsions. In addition, the laws require schools
to consider an approach called “restorative practices” (RP) as a disciplinary
alternative for serious offenses, and they encourage schools to consider RP for
lesser offenses, including bullying. While some school administrators will
interpret the word “consider” as just a brief, passing thought – opening
themselves to challenges from parents and advocacy groups to show evidence of
good faith in their considerations – others will want to embrace the opportunity
to improve their school’s culture and climate with a solid implementation of RP.
The 1997 FDA Modernization Act required the FDA to compile a list of
products that contain mercury. More than 30 vaccines ended up on the list. The
FDA then added up the total mercury exposure to infants from vaccines and found
that "a -month-old infant who
received vaccines following the recommended CDC vaccine schedule would have
received a jaw dropping 187.5 micrograms of mercury." What
the FDA did next is unforgivable. See:
Google Doodle Honors Ed Roberts, Activist Leader of the Disability Rights
Movement - Today’s Google Doodle pays tribute to Ed Roberts, an early
leader of the disability rights movement and co-founder of the World
Institute on Disability. After contracting Polio at age 14, the disease left
Roberts paralyzed from the neck down. In spite of spending the rest of his
life in a wheel chair and unable to breath without a respirator, Roberts
fought for his rights – starting in high school when he was told he wouldn’t
receive his diploma because he had failed to complete phys-ed and driver’s
ed requirements. Roberts petitioned his school and was awarded his diploma.
He went on to be the first University of California Berkley student with
severe disabilities. The Google Doodle Blog on Roberts shared the following
quote from Roberts’ mother, Zona: “I watched Ed as he grew from a
sports-loving kid, through bleak days of hopelessness, into self-acceptance
of his physical limitations as he learned what was possible for him to
accomplish. His years at UCB were great ones as he both enjoyed his college
status and got in touch with his leadership qualities. He took great
pleasure in watching people with disabilities achieve greater acceptance.”
Among his accomplishments as a disabilities rights actives, Roberts created
the Physically Disabled Students Program at his University. California
Governor Jerry Brown named him Director of the California Department of
Vocational Rehabilitation in 1976. Seven years later, Roberts co-founded the
World Institute on Disability – a nonprofit focused on disability rights
policies, research and consulting. Marking what would have been Roberts’
78th birthday, the doodle leads to a search for “Ed Roberts activist” and is
being displayed on Google’s U.S. homepage.
Where are the Top-ranked Schools in Michigan? - If you wanted to map
the top-ranked schools in Michigan, you'd find a heavy concentration of dots
in one area of the state. To find out what color your school received, and
what it means, go to
www.mischooldata.org, click on "dashboards and accountability
scorecard," then "accountability scorecard" near the top of the screen.
Navigation structure changed in header of all
pages. Old menu was not "clickable" via some smartphones.
Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy Raises Your Child’s Risk for Autism -
There has been a dramatic and concerning increase in the rates of autism
spectrum disorder (ASD) over the last 30 years and experts believe the rates
will continue to increase. When I was in medical school more than 35 years ago,
the incidence of autism was 1 in 10,000. According to a 2013 report by the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the CDC, data collected from
the 2007 and 2011–2012 National Survey of Children's Health suggested 1 in 50
children between the ages of 6 and 17 had ASD. In April, 2016, the CDC reported
an ASD rate of 1 in 68. However, that rate is only based on 8-year-olds in 11
states (Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey,
North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin). Despite that limitation,
the 1 in 68 prevalence is the one listed on the CDC's Autism Data and Statistics
website, and the one most frequently reported in the news. Meanwhile, a
government survey issued in 2015 claims the ASD rate may be as high as 1 in 45
children between the ages of 3 and 17.
Gov. Rick Snyder Announced Appointments to the Following (MIRS 12/27/16) -
Developmental Disabilities Council: Mark McWILLIAMS of Lansing is the
director of public policy and media relations for Michigan Protection and
Advocacy Service, Inc. Sharon MILBERGER of Farmington Hills is the director
of Developmental Disabilities Institute through Wayne State University. Paul
PALMER of Lansing is a member of the board of directors for the Community
Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties. Deborah ROCK
of Pewamo is a regional parent mentor at The Arc of Kent County. She
previously served as a teacher paraprofessional at Portland High School.
Tammy YEOMANS of Grand Rapids served as a job retention specialist and case
aide for the Work First Program at Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand
Rapids. Heidi DEVRIES of Grand Rapids served as a personal care attendant
for the Family Independence Agency and as a home health aide and companion
for the Circle of Care in Grand Rapids. Steven JOHNSON of West Olive
previously worked as a financial advisor from Chemical Bank. He is the
president and founder of OASIS Communities of West Michigan, LLC. Richard
KLINE of Grand Rapids serves as the acting director of the Aging and Adult
Services Agency for the state of Michigan, and previously served in the role
of executive director of the Beztak Corporation. Lisa GROST of DeWitt serves
as the Autism Section Manager for the Michigan Department of Health and
Human Services. Janet TIMBS of Mount Morris serves as a special education
consultant for the Michigan Department of Education. She holds a bachelor's
degree and elementary teaching certificate from Central Michigan University,
and both a master's degree and educational specialist degree from Saginaw
Valley State University. Lois ARNOLD of Mt. Pleasant is the president and
CEO of the Special Olympics Michigan through Central Michigan University.
David TAYLOR of Ferndale is a peer mentor and advocate at Community Living
Services of Oakland County. He will represent individuals with a
developmental disability. Roslynn WILLIAMS of Saginaw is a member of the
parent group Saginaw Community Mental Health Authority-Saginaw Max System of
Care. Matt BOLGER of Lansing is an inspector and senior executive assistant
director in the human resources division of the Michigan State Police.
Denise SIMMONS of Oak Park is a unit leader for Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Michigan. She previously served as a support coordinator from Quality Senior
Services. McWilliams, Milberger, Palmer, Rock and Yeomans will serve terms
expiring Sept. 30, 2017. DeVries, Johnson, Kline and Grost will serve terms
expiring Sept. 30, 2018. Timbs, Arnold, Taylor and Williams will serve terms
expiring Sept. 30, 2019. Bolger and Simmons will serve terms ending Sept.