What is DSPD

What is DSPD and Why You Should Care? DSPD stands for the Division of Services for People with Disabilities. The Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) promotes opportunities and provides supports for people with disabilities to lead self-determined lives by overseeing home and community-based services for more than 5,000 people who have disabilities.…

The Top 10 Most Read

The Stories You Clicked and Spent the Most Time With These were the 10 articles that UPC readers clicked the most in the last two years: Building Resiliency: Teaching for all Ages Organizational apps Introducing Dyslexia: Reading Challenges Reasons Why Your Child May be Refusing to Attend School The Move From Middle to High School…

School Inclusion

School Inclusion The movement towards school inclusion for persons with disabilities has been a long journey and efforts to improve inclusion are ongoing. Studies have shown that inclusion is beneficial for ALL students.  Specific benefits for students in special education include: Short-Term and Long-Term Benefits for ALL Students Fewer Absences for Students with Special Needs…

The Transition IEP

The Transition IEP The Transition IEP (Individualized Education Program) is like a road map for your student’s future life. It will help your student decide what they want their future life to look like, and what steps they need to take to reach their goals. Between 9th and 12th grade, it would be wise to…

SEL for All Ages

Social and Emotional Learning for All Ages Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process by which young people and adults acquire skills of managing emotions, learning empathy for others and establishing and maintaining healthy relationships. These skills can be addressed in a variety of educational settings.  When your student lacks social-emotional skills they are…

Healthcare Transition

Healthcare Transition Does your young adult know what to do in a health emergency? If they have a chronic condition, do they know how to make the shift to an adult doctor? Does your young adult know how to find a new doctor or fill a prescription? Can your young adult manage their mental health?…

Maintaining Employment

Maintaining Employment There are dedicated resources available to help individuals with disabilities find and maintain employment.  Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab or VR), a division of Workforce Services, supports individuals with disabilities in obtaining competitive, integrated employment in their community.  They do this by providing professional vocational counseling and guidance.  They do this by working partnerships…

Successful Community Participation

Tips for Successful Community Participation Those who take care of a loved one with special needs know that venturing out into new public spaces and venues during the summer may come with certain difficulties such as accessibility, unpredictability, behavioral needs and more. When faced with these challenges,  consider that much growth and learning can be…

The Importance of Reading

Reading Enjoyment for All Levels Reading is crucial to your child’s success.  The skill of reading not only helps with academic success but also provides many benefits. For instance, reading to your younger children can promote healthy bonds between caregiver and child, improve language skills, help develop creativity and give your child the lifelong joy…

Extended School Year (ESY)

All About Extended School Year Services in Special Education Some students in special education are eligible for what’s known as Extended School Year (ESY) services, which are provided beyond the school year (e.g., in the summer) to students in keeping with their IEPs.   What is Extended School Year (ESY)? Extended School Year Services (ESY)…

S.M.A.R.T Goals

S.M.A.R.T Goals June is a good time to stop and look at the progress you have made on the goals you set for this year. Hopefully, the goals you set were SMART – specific, meaningful, attainable/achievable, realistic/relevant, and time-bound. You can make SMART goals better by turning them into SMARTER goals. You do this when…

Power of Attorney

POWER OF ATTORNEY: An Alternative to Guardianship What is a power of attorney? Another alternative to guardianship is a Power of Attorney document. A Power of Attorney is a legal document in which one person (called the “principal”) gives to another person (the “agent,” or sometimes called the “attorney in fact”) authority to act on…