Organizational Apps

Organizational Apps Everyone can benefit from learning the skill of organization.  Organizing can help students learn how to prioritize activities,  set and achieve goals, and can also reduce stress and anxiety. For our students in special education, the skill of organization can be especially hard due to their disabilities. Today’s technology has made the task…

Community Event

A Special Complimentary Show of The Music Man Each year, Northridge High School’s drama production has a dedicated evening called “Brandon’s Night” in honor of Brandon, who is the nephew of the drama director. This special production night is complimentary for families with a child with special needs. We hope to see you there!

More About Dual Diagnosis

Explanation of Dual Diagnosis Dual Diagnosis is having an Intellectual/Developmental Disability (IDD) AND a Mental Health Disorder. Sometimes a mental health challenge comes that is not necessarily connected to the disability. However, it is helpful to know if the mental health concern is connected to the disability. Whatever the reason for the co-occurrence, we still…

crisis plans at school

Why a School Crisis Plan May be Necessary A crisis plan is an action plan that is used when a student is at risk of harming themselves or others. These plans are developed by the student’s IEP team. If the student does not have an IEP, a school team knowledgeable about the student can also…

ID college options

Intellectual Disabilities & College Options College is an option for many individuals with disabilities if they have a desire to attend. Each university has a disability office to support students.  These supports may be necessary to help certain students access their education . Students should advocate for their needs by communicating with school administrators what…

A Time for Giving

Opportunities to Give UPC Giving Tree During this Christmas season, many families with disabilities are burdened by the cost of special healthcare needs and worry about how they will be able to make it through the holidays. This year, feel the joy and true spirit of Christmas by giving gifts to a child with a…

Understanding Dyscalculia

What is Dyscalculia? Child Mind Institute describes Dyscalculia as specific learning disabilities that affect a child’s ability to understand, learn, and perform math and number-based operations.  An estimated 5 to 10 percent of the population may have dyscalculia. Signs and symptoms can differ from person to person. Children who struggle with this will often struggle…

Fundraising Event a Success!

Fundraiser Thank You It’s been a little over a week since our Annual Fundraising Event ended and we are so excited about the results!! We are ecstatic to report that we exceeded our goal of $20,000 from our virtual auction and thanks to our amazing sponsors, raised an additional $25,000! These funds help us in…

Guardianship

Guardianship Defined What is guardianship?  If an individual is unable to make his/her own decisions and care for themselves independently, they can be deemed incapacitated by a judge and have a guardian appointed.  How do we know if guardianship is needed?  Can the individual provide food, shelter, clothing, safety, and healthcare for themselves?  Is the…

Advocacy Tips

Advocacy Voting Tips Advocacy is the act of speaking on behalf of, or in support of, another person, place, thing, or issue. It is an activity engaged in by individuals or groups that aims to influence decisions made or opinions formed by others.  Margaret Mead, a famous scientist who studied societies and how people interact…

Successful Trick or Treating

Tips for Trick or Treating Success Autumn is upon us and with that, memories of colorful fall leaves crunching beneath our feet, the smell of pumpkin spice greeting us at our front door and the excitement of Halloween just around the corner.  Participating during the Halloween season can sometimes be overwhelming and scary for our…