Four employees of a Long Island group home have been fired and charged with endangerment for pitting two disabled individuals against each other, according to Newsday and News 12 Long Island. Cellphone video of the fight shows the four workers laughing. I think there is a special place in hell for those who are cruel… Read More »
Posts Categorized: Special Needs Resources
Recently, Autism Speaks wrote about ten individuals with autism who excelled last year, as taken from their most popular posts. This performance by Christopher, a young boy on the autism spectrum does a great rendition of Lean on Me: and here is another, of 6-year old piano prodigy Jacob, in concert: Enjoy!
I recently had the pleasure, on my radio show Special Needs Long Island, to meet Mandy Shenkman, an individual with developmental disabilities who works with The Center for Family Support, an organization that, in part, helps people with developmental disabilities work within self-determination. According to the Self Advocacy Association of New York State (SAANYS) (another… Read More »
I had the pleasure of meeting 3 great founders and supporters of Alexander’s Angels, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote a better understanding of people with Down Syndrome. Esther Gomez-Nieto, the President and Founder (and whose grandson Alexander was the impetus for the organization) refuses to take credit for the astounding amount of… Read More »
Twitter? Isn’t that where everyone talks about what they had for breakfast? That’s the reaction I often get whenever I mention Twitter as a great support system for parents of children with autism. A twitter hashtag (#) is a way to find tweets that have a common subject, in this case, #autism. Anyone who… Read More »
Just a very quick post to direct my readers to this page at Autism Speaks. There are more links on that page to websites that have tips for helping families and their loved ones with autism have a happy holiday, found here at Autism Services Foundation, and for reducing holiday stress found here at Autism… Read More »
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 »
A visit to the supermarket can be difficult for parents of a child that have children requiring a wheelchair. It can be very challenging to push both a shopping cart and a wheelchair, but shopping carts have never been able to offer the security of a wheelchair before Caroline’s Cart helped to overcome this challenge.
I’ve got a new gig! I’m pleased to announce I am now co-hosting Special Needs Long Island, a weekly radio program dedicated to the special needs community on Long Island. My co-host is Jeffrey Silverman, Director of Special Needs Planning for the Center for Wealth Preservation in Syosset, New York. Every Monday night,… Read More »
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 »