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Description: Here are Mary’s Top 10 Tips on communicating with someone who has a disability. This video engages the viewer while educating them on the proper disability etiquette. This video is part of a series on disability awareness and inclusion in sports and physical education.
Description: Prader-Willi Syndrome is a complex genetic disorder of the 15th chromosome; the most common known genetic cause of life-threatening obesity in children.
Description: The following contains various simulation activities designed to increase students’ understanding and empathy for their classmates who experience challenges following a brain injury. Each page includes a description of the activity, a recommended subject area relevant to the activity, objectives and procedures, a list of materials, and discussion points to facilitate conversation following each activity. Please note that these activities are designed to stimulate the senses to give a...
Description: At the Brain Injury Research Institute, our purpose is to study the short and long-term impact of brain injury in general, and specifically in concussions. We focus our attention on the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and the physiological effects of this condition on the lives of CTE victims and their families.
Description: Bienvenidos a BrainLine. Somos un sitio de Internet dedicado a informar al público sobre la prevención y el tratamiento de las lesiones cerebrales traumáticas (traumatismos cerebrales o Traumatic Brain Injury/TBI en inglés). También brindamos recursos para las personas que viven con una lesión cerebral y sus familiares. Nuestra misión es ofrecer información confiable, y crear una comunidad sólida para apoyar a todas las personas...
Description: The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit is a tool designed to help assist families of children between the ages of 5 and 13 recently diagnosed with autism during the critical period following an autism diagnosis.
Description: This is a link to the video presentations from the TBI Summer Institute.
Description: Medical visits can be stressful for anyone. Individuals with autism often face extra challenges during procedures like physical examinations and blood draws due to difficulty communicating about the symptoms they are experiencing and sensory issues that can occur in the clinical setting. The fear and anxiety felt during medical procedures by those with autism can also be stressful for caregivers and medical professionals administering treatment. These brief presentations aim to facilitatte...
Description: In this issue, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, service providers, researchers, and others talk about how the ADA has made a difference in their lives, the lives of their loved ones, and in our nation. Its articles talk about the ADA as a promise our country has made that Americans with disabilities will have the same opportunity as Americans without disabilities to experience freedom, dignity,...
Description: Executive Function 101 is a free e-book from founding partner the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Download the e-book to find out what executive function is and how it impacts kids with learning and attention issues. This e-book also includes a thorough graphic that walks you through a day in the life of a school-age student, Josh, who struggles with executive function (pages 7-9).
Description: Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice. This 16-page guide (available for download, below), describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of EF/SR in children.
Description: Our goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving. This site includes a section on empowering your child.
Description: This Hot Topic Module consists of a suite of resources to help individuals with traumatic brain injury understand depression.
Description: This email newsletter from HeadFirst (Sports Injury and Concussion Care) includes information on how concussion happens, causes of brain injuries, and concussion myths vs. truths.
Description: The MSKTC works closely with researchers in the 16 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems to develop resources for people living with traumatic brain injuries and their supporters. These evidence-based materials are available in a variety of platforms such as printable PDF documents, videos, and slideshows.
Description: To guide best practice in supporting individuals with autism across the state, the Virginia Autism Council developed the attached list of competencies for professional and direct support staff in all fields of service delivery for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder.
Description: Pursuant to Senate Bill 652, (2010), and House Bills 410 and 1096, and Senate Bill 172 (2014), the Code of Virginia was amended to include § 22.1-271.5 and § 22.1-271.6 directing the Board of Education to develop and distribute to school divisions by July 1, 2015, guidelines for policies dealing with concussions in student-athletes, and requiring each school division to develop policies and procedures regarding the identification and handling of suspected concussions in...
Description: Our mission is to educate, guide and inspire parents of children with learning disabilities or ADHD. Our aim is to help parents realize their children’s significant gifts and talents, and to show that with their love, guidance, and the right support, their children can live happy and productive lives.
Description: On this website you can learn about Virginia’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs for children, pregnant women and adults. You can also get information about health insurance options available through the Federal Marketplace. You can apply online or search for someone who can assist you with your application.
Description: This includes: Online Resources & Publications for Consumers & Caregivers, Online Resources & Publications for Professionals, the TBI Community Newsletter, and Journal Articles by Topic.
Description: In this brochure they describe how TBI can affect parenting. Next they discuss some of the common challenges faced by parents with TBI. They also offer some suggestions or tips to help parents deal with these challenges. Lastly, they include information and resources about where to go for help. This information is geared for parents with TBI vs. children with TBI, schools may find it helpful for parents they work with.
Description: This archived webinar is a presentation by Daniel Parker, WDPI, Autism and Family Engagement, and Ben Kaufman, OAR, Director, Programs and Community Outreach. (OAR- Organization for Autism Research)
Description: The Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate Program prepares you to expertly engage with individuals with spectrum disorders through program content developed from current research in the field. The courses promote collaborative learning with a focus on services and strategies to improve success with students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) across the lifespan in a variety of settings, including educational, home, work, and community. This 100% online graduate certificate program is from the...
Description: In this folder you will find the following: •Webinar Guide Providing Table of Contents for Webinar Discussion which Allows You to Move to Sections of Webinar You Wish To View •The Powerpoint Handouts for this Presentation •Resources Links to Accompany Webinar (these are updated as new resources are sent to DPI) •Summary of Feedback and Participant Questions •General Family and Autism Resources Folder
Description: As the project director of a federally funded regional traumatic brain injury model system, Nancy Chiaravalloti believes that we need to do even more to make football safer for its youngest players — the 3 million children under age 14 who are playing tackle football in the United States.
Description: Mike DeBellis thinks that there's a big hole when it comes to children finding role models with disabilities in their reading, so he wrote a book called “Charlie and the Cardborad Box,” about a the adventures of a boy who uses a wheelchair. DeBellis says the book gives kids with disabilities someone to relate to, and it also helps spread awareness about disabilities to kids without disabilities. (disability awareness)
Description: Oral health is a very important component of healthy daily living. But for some children with autism, oral health habits can be challenging. Our hope is that this guide will provide information for families to help begin a lifetime of good oral care.
Description: The Explore ASD Series contains seminars that provide a narrow focus of information on topics important to educators, families, individuals with ASD, other professionals, and community members. These presentations are approximately 30-40 minutes long and are detailed enough to provide a quick overview or review of information. The topics include: Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Environmental Structure and Visual Supports, Communication, The Comprehensive Autism Planning System...
Description: This covers: What is vision and why is it important? How are vision problems found after TBI? What are common types of vision problems after TBI? How can these vision problems affect my day-to-day life? What are common causes of vision problems after TBI? What kinds of professionals can I consult with and what kinds of treatment are available? (MSKTC- Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center)
Description: The factsheets were produced through a collaboration between the MSKTC and the TBI Model Systems. These materials undergo expert and consumer reviews to ensure they are up-to-date, evidence-based, and consumer-friendly. The topics include: Understanding TBI - 4 Part Series, TBI & Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, Alcohol & TBI, Balance Problems & TBI, Cognitive Problems After, Depression After TBI, Driving After TBI, Emotional Problems After TBI, Fatigue & TBI, Headaches After TBI, Relationships...
Description: This newsletter contains news, ideas, and resources from the Virginia TBI Model System. This edition contains an article on Understanding TBI and PTSD.
Description: The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) is pleased to provide English speakers with quick access to the wealth of information in Spanish on this website. For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, use this page to easily find and share important info in Spanish with the Spanish speakers you serve. Each item in the list below starts with the topic in English (which is linked to info in English on that topic). This is followed by the title of the page in Spanish that offers the...
Description: Información en español en este sitio, Nos complacemos en facilitar su acceso rápido a nuestra información en español a través de esta lista alfabética organizada por Tema de Discapacidad.
Description: Join our worldwide group of family members and educators dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This site will give you valuable information, provide an opportunity to get your questions answered and much, much more. The publisher is Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been a consultant specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders for more than 30 years. Membership is required.
Description: Helping families living with autism requires: supporting the family, understanding the causes, developing and testing new treatments, and creating access to services and supports. The goal of autismMatch is to connect families and individuals living with autism with researchers in the Mid-Atlantic region who are seeking the answers to how to achieve these goals.
Description: One thing that is important to know up front: There is no cure for autism. So, products or treatments claiming to “cure” autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to “treat” autism. Some may carry significant health risks. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays an important role in warning these companies against making false or misleading claims.
Description: If you have a family member, child or adult, with Autism Spectrum Disorder and you’ve been longing for a Family Vacation, then you’ve arrived at the right place.
Description: Autism Adventure Travel provides services for special needs families. Our specialists will plan your vacation itinerary, or they can book you on one of our great vacations all with your special needs in mind.
Description: The National Autism Association is a parent-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Founded in 2003, NAA is a parent-run advocacy organization and the leading voice on urgent issues related to severe autism, regressive autism, autism safety, autism abuse, and crisis prevention.
Description: Family Voices is a national, nonprofit, family-led organization promoting quality health care for all children and youth, particularly those with special health care needs. Working with family leaders and professional partners at the local, state, regional, and national levels since 1992, Family Voices has brought a respected family perspective to improving health care programs and policies and ensuring that health care systems include, listen to, and honor the voices of families.
Description: The Code of Virginia at § 22.1-217.01 requires school boards to distribute information to parents of those students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired. Guidance documents and other resources are available at the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Web site. Administrators and teachers may reprint the VDOE guidance information to share with parents. The attachment on the memo is a compilation of information and resources.
Description: Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are improving children’s lives throughout the United States—making it safer to walk and bicycle to school, and encouraging a generation of young people to consider healthy, environmentally friendly transportation options.
Description: In over 30 years of clinical practice, Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have worked with thousands of children who struggle at home and in school. At the center of their struggles are weak executive skills, and through our writing and now this website, we spotlight these skills that are critical for school and life success.
Description: Your ability to recover from an emergency tomorrow may depend on the planning and preparation you do today. This guide provides tips which individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and the people who assist and support them, can take to prepare for emergencies before they happen.
Description: The BrainLine team sorted through many resources to compile this list of apps for mobile devices for people with a brain injury, their families and caregivers.
Description: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules requiring text messaging providers to allow Americans to send a text to 911 to get help during an emergency. The rules ensure that all wireless carriers and text application providers are prepared to support text-to-911 by the end of 2014. Text-to-911 can provide a lifesaving alternative for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a speech disability.
Description: The VCU Model System of care provides comprehensive, coordinated inpatient and outpatient care for persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The system includes emergency medical services; early intensive and acute medical care; comprehensive rehabilitation services; and long-term rehabilitation follow up. The VCU program also carries out scientific research. Our research programs focus on improving care and quality of life for people with brain injury and their families.
Description: A team of engineers, researchers and creative experts at Google has awarded Shepherd Center and the Wireless RERC a $15,000 Google Glass Accessibility grant to develop an application that will assist people who have memory impairment because of a brain injury.
Description: People First Language is an objective and respectful way to speak about people with disabilities by emphasizing the person first, rather than the disability. It acknowledges what a person has, and recognizes that a person is not the disability. In putting the person before the disability, People First Language highlights a person's value, individuality and capabilities. (Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities)
Description: This book offers coping techniques for caregivers and families who are trying to manage stress, anxiety or sadness, while caring for an injured service member/veteran. Experts provide advice on relaxation and self-care. Includes tips regarding: Emotional Health, Sleep, Diet, Exercise and Strategies for self-care. Available for download!