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Posts Categorized: Special Education Issues
Breaking Out of Autism Through Technology
In this amazing video, Carly, lost in an autistic world, unable to speak or express herself,comes out of her shell at age 11 when she gained access to a computer. After 11 years of constant therapy, after a diagnosis of moderate retardation, no one believed that she could write, or think at such a… Read More »
Will New Autism Definition Affect Your Child's Services?
Although the American Psychiatric Association has been working on its revision of the DSM (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) for several years, a new study by world-renowned expert on childhood mental disorders, Dr. Fred Volkmar, has brought the concerns expressed by the autism community back to the forefront of discussion. At issue… Read More »
Long Island Advocacy Center featured on Special Needs Long Island Radio
Please join “Special Needs Long Island,” the radio show focused on the special needs community, as we feature Laura Adler Greene, Esq. Ms. Greene is an attorney with the Long Island Advocacy Center, a not for profit organization dedicated to protecting the legal rights of students with disabilities. She represents students in PINS diversion programs… Read More »
Long Island Bus Meets Keystone Cops
In the latest Long Island Bus takeover news, Newsday reports that the parent company of the private bus company that is scheduled to take over for the MTA on January 1st, has declared that it intends to put the transportation arm of its company up for sale, and get out of the transportation business. Nassau… Read More »
Congrats to Nassau Knights, Special Needs Football Team
The Nassau Knights, Nassau County Police Activity League’s (PAL) flag football special needs team, played and won against a group of Kappa Sigma fraternity members from Adelphi University. According to Newsday, the team of 14-28 year olds with varying disabilities, played its only game against another team this season. One of the team’s coaches,… Read More »
"It's Not as Bad as it Looks"
Right, Judge. If it was possible to somehow put the frosting on the cake of this horrifying story about a judge caught on videotape beating his daughter, a life-long sufferer of cerebral palsy, that quote from the perpetrator did it. According to the article, Texas Family Court Judge William Adams was secretly taped by his… Read More »
Broadway Roars: Autism Friendly Performance at Lion King
Broadway is becoming autism friendly! The Theater Development Fund (TDF) has started a new program known as the Autism Theater Initiative to make theater more accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families. The Lion King has been chosen as the first ever Broadway autism-friendly play with a special performance… Read More »
Desperate Parents Try Desperate Measures
The Judge Rotenberg Center, a special needs school in Massachusetts that receives much of its funding from New York State, is back in the center of controversy again. The Center is the only school in the nation that uses aversive therapy such as skin shocks as behavioral modification on its students. Many of the… Read More »
The R Word: Tracy Morgan: Oops!…I Did it Again
In the latest incident of a celebrity using the “R” word, Tracy Morgan, fresh from his apologies over making anti-gay remarks, made “jokes” about “young retarded males” during a recent comedy appearance. It was reminiscent of Jenifer Aniston’s description of herself as “retarded” on the David Letterman show. The New York Times reported Morgan’s gaffe… Read More »