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Approves Sweeping Legislation to Help Disabled
Congress gave final approval to the most sweeping legislation to help
the disabled in a quarter century, allowing Americans with disabilities to
open tax-free bank accounts to pay for needs such as education, housing and
health care. The bill, called the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act
(ABLE), now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Modeled after
tax-free college savings accounts, the ABLE bill would amend the federal tax
code to allow states to establish the program. The ABLE accounts would be
able to accrue up to $100,000 in savings without the person losing
eligibility for government aid such as Social Security; currently, the asset
limit is $2,000. Medicaid coverage would continue no matter how much money
is deposited in the accounts.
is Perfect, Anyways?
Controversial Proposed Special Ed Rule Changes Stopped
(MIRS News, 12/11/14) A controversial
package of special education rules that state officials claim they need to
carry out federal law stalled in a legislative committee this morning amid
confusion from mostly parents on what the changes mean for them. Under the
law, that means the Department of Education (MDE) will likely be forced to
withdraw the rules and start over again in the New Year since the rules were
not before the committee for the required 15 session days before the end of
the year. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) can only vote
to waive that time to let the rules go into effect faster. All told, it
means MDE's proposed rule changes, which have faced criticism from various
special education advocates as they've made their way through the rule
changing process, will not go into effect. The 4th floor Capitol room where
JCAR met was packed this morning with those who indicated they intended to
speak against the rule changes. But they ended up not having to voice their
opinions, after Lt. Gov. Brian CALLEY made an appearance and urged the
committee to let the rules die and advocated for a more inclusive process to
changing special education rules in particular. JCAR Chair Sen. John
PAPPAGEORGE (R-Troy) agreed. Although he didn't take testimony from the
public, he said their presence today indicated that there was more work to
Michigan Diversion Council Expanding Efforts to Help
Mentally Ill, Developmentally Disabled
The state of Michigan is expanding its efforts to divert the mentally
ill and developmentally disabled from incarceration and get the help they
need by approving an additional six sites for pilot programs focused on
innovative solutions and expanding two existing efforts.
Healthy Habits to Teach Kids Who Worry Too Much
Gov. Must Lead By Example in Hiring People w/Disabilities
Also see the
of Abuse are Outside of IDEA
and Administrative Remedies Do Not Have To Be
The district court erred by dismissing plaintiffs' § 1983 and breach of
contract claims, which arose from allegations that the defendant-school
district's (MCS) aides physically, sexually, and verbally abused the
plaintiff-child, because the § 1983 claims did not arise under the IDEA. In
an issue of first impression, the court also held that the claim for breach
of a settlement agreement need not be exhausted before filing suit.
Resource: Math Blaster
Resource: Special Education
Jumpstart offers free grade and subject based worksheets, printables and
educational games for kids.
Hiccup’s Science Workshop features science experiments, free printables
and worksheets with a focus on the scientific method.
and Software Accessibility for the Disabled
On Mental Health
Issues in Michigan
"Michigan has made great strides in
improving how mental health and wellness issues are handled since a special
commission created by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013 released its recommendations
in January. That Executive Order and commission resulted from a special
message on health and wellness the governor presented in the fall of 2011."
of 125 Twitter Pages Related to Disabilities
Throws Out Mental Retardation: Column
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Do Little to Help Moderate Infant Skull Flattening
Luke Reissig wears a helmet that is supposed to correct for skull
flatness. A new report says, however, that these helmets are ineffective.
Pediatricians have long urged parents to put newborns to sleep on
their backs to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome. While the practice
undoubtedly has saved lives, it also has increased the numbers of babies
with flattened skulls.
Mental Health Disorder Fact Sheet for the Classroom
This document gives information regarding
symptoms/behaviors, educational implications and instructional
strategies/accommodations broken down by disorder. A very useful resource
for use in preparing IEPs.
These 'Smart Scales' Cure Anorexia?
75% of patients who used device were free of symptoms a year later.
Last July, our 4-year-old daughter Eliza was diagnosed with a rare
terminal genetic disease called Sanfilippo Syndrome-Type A. In one
terrifying instant, we were told that we would have to watch her fade away
before our eyes.
Teen Reported to Police and Fined for Secretly Filming Bullies
Christian Stanfield, 15, made a seven-minute recording of alleged
bullies at Pennsylvania's South Fayette High School in February. The ADHD
sufferer said he did it after months of harassment. School officials accused
him of wiretapping and called police. A court found Stanfield guilty of
disorderly conduct and fined him $25. His family is suing the school
district and appealing the judge's ruling. Stanfield's mom is furious that
her son, and not his alleged bullies, has been punished.
Details How Disney Movies Helped His Son With Autism
In his new book, “Life, Animated,” Ron Suskind tells the remarkable story
of how Disney movies unlocked his autistic son’s emotions.
Owen Suskind was a typical toddler until age 3, when his developing
language and social skills vanished. He was diagnosed with regressive
autism. Gradually, Owen became fascinated by
Disney movies, watching and re-watching them endlessly. One day, at his
brother Walter’s ninth birthday party, Walter became a bit teary.
“Walter doesn’t want to grow up, like Mowgli or Peter Pan,” said
Owen. Comparing his brother to Disney characters
was the most sophisticated thing Owen, then 6, had uttered in years.
Exposure Linked to Autism
Three decades ago, when I was still in medical school,
autism affected one in 10,000 children. What changed between then and now to
cause one in 50 children to become autistic? Mounting research—not to
mention plain logic—indicates that brain disorders are the result of
excessive exposure to toxins from multiple sources—including the mother,
while in utero. One 2005 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG)
found that blood samples from newborns contained an average of 287 toxins.
7th Annual Living with Autism Workshop in April
Metro Parent is very excited to
host our 7th
Annual Living with Autism Workshop on April 25th.
you can get all the details!
Stabenow's Effort to Expand CMH Services Signed into Law
President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday legislation sponsored by
Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow that would expand access to community mental
health services. The legislation has been a personal crusade for Stabenow,
D-Lansing, whose father went undiagnosed with bipolar disorder for about a
decade as she was growing up in Clare. The bipartisan legislation would set
up a pilot program in eight unspecified states to fund comprehensive
community mental health, such as 24-hour emergency psychiatric services.
“It’s really a landmark step forward in community mental health funding,”
Stabenow said Tuesday.
Restrained Boy at Leake and Watts in Yonkers Dies
Michigan Alliance PTI Now Offering Free Webinars
Join Michigan Alliance for Families
as they present a series of webinars focusing on
specific parts of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.
Michigan Law School Program
Highly Recommended! The Education
A one-stop resource for information on the laws
that apply in a school setting. ELC lawyers have years of practical
experience and include John Brower, Bridges4Kids’ resource attorney.
Kids With Autism Love This Software
A program from Google, created for architects,
is an unexpected hit with children on the autism
Tips for Good Advocates
Wrightslaw's Pat Howey says parents need to
understand that the law gives them power to use in educational decisions for
their children. Parents should not be afraid to use their power. But, there
are better ways to obtain positive results than to roar through IEP meetings
in a Mack Truck. Here are Pat's newest tips for effective, successful