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Self-directed Support Corporations (SDSC) and Microboards (PDF; size=101k) - What A Difference a SDSC Can Make: Joshua’s House Incorporated! by Jackie Golden "Self-directed Support Corporations (SDSC’s) and Microboards share the same philosophy. Simply put they are a small legal provider for one person with a disability, but then again, they are much more than that. Both the SDSC and the Microboard put control and direction of supports back in the hands of the person with the disability needing the supports." Read this article to learn more about this exciting concept.


Ohio Department of Education: Choosing a Reading Program: A Consumer's Guide (PDF) - Descriptions and evaluations of 21 programs used in Ohio elementary schools.


Academic Standards - This topic explores academic content standards, which are standards developed by each state that define what students should know in each academic subject area.


 Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Horseback riding therapy improves the quality of life for people with disabilities.  Horseback riding gives riders multiple physical and psychological benefits, as well as an empowering sense of control.  When individuals begin horseback riding therapy at Easter Seals - Michigan, the health benefits are immediate.  The act of horseback riding stimulates the nervous and circulatory systems, so muscles relax and posture improves.  Students with mental and physical disabilities gain strength and build self-esteem as they learn horsemanship skills, grooming techniques and how to direct, stop and control the horse.


Some benefits of horseback riding therapy include:

  • Increased self-esteem

  • Improved posture, balance and coordination

  • Improved proprioception through the use of mounted exercises

  • Improved gross motor skills by teaching proper use of reins and positioning of the legs and feet, as well as mounted exercises

  • Improved fine motor skills

  • Increased range of motion

  • Increased verbalization through the issuing of commands to the horse

  • Stretching of involved muscle groups

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