Autism and Mental Health

AUTISM & MENTAL HEALTH As Parents, we know that our children with Autism may experience an increase in social isolation and bullying which can lead to more serious concerns of substance use and suicidality.   Bullying Parents of children with special needs know all too well the daily struggles their children face. Bullying, especially at…

From School to Employment

TRANSITIONING FROM SCHOOL TO EMPLOYMENT: IMPLEMENTATION & BEST PRACTICES One Student at a Time Each student’s transition experience will be unique. There is not a checklist to follow. Work with your IEP team and ask what services you can access through DSPD and Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab). Explore your own interests and needs. You may…

Military Child Month

MILITARY CHILD MONTH Military families face many challenges before, during, and after deployment. All three of these stages may have their own unique challenges and the impact of these experiences can be largely seen in the children of military families. Without focused support, military children may face social and emotional challenges while adjusting to a…

Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten

TRANSITIONING FROM PRESCHOOL TO KINDERGARTEN A new chapter is emerging for your child who is moving on from preschool services to school-age supports and services! This transition process may bring on many different types of feelings, especially as the preschool year starts to wind down. To help make this process less overwhelming, use these essential…

High Stakes Testing

HIGH STAKES TESTING The goal of high-stakes testing is to measure and improve student performance while looking for ways to also improve school systems. Federal and State laws mandate the administration of such assessments.  All students are required to participate in this testing with few exceptions. As parents, we want our students’ experience with testing…

Community Inclusion

COMMUNITY INCLUSION Community Inclusion helps people with disabilities build practical life skills that can lead to more independence and can also be an important determinant of health.  Community inclusion includes such things as employment, housing, friends and education.  It provides a way for people with disabilities to experience life and work alongside non-disabled people. As…

Upcoming Community Events

National Ability Center Day Camp Internships Available: Our NAC Day Camp Interns assist in facilitation of outdoor recreation activities and adaptive techniques in a Day Camp setting for children with and without disabilities, ages 6-30. To apply please email Andrea at AndreaS@discovernac.org. Check out the intern description here: National Ability Center