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Description: This technical assistance resource was created in collaboration with staff at the Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence (VCU ACE) and is designed to be a tools for educators, administrators, and parents working to improve services for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). These guidelines offer an overview of the current best practices for educating individuals with ASD.The Guidelines are not a standard of practice for the education of individuals with ASD in...
Description: This guide contains information and resources for teachers and school staff. It includes a brief overview of brain injury statistics, levels of brain injury severity, and brain anatomy as well as the behavior, psycho-social, physical/sensory-motor, perceptual, attention, memory/learning, executive function and communication/language challenges that may be faced by a student who has had a traumatic brain injury. There are instructional strategy suggestions and a case study that illustrates how to...
Description: The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Autism Center for Excellence (ACE) is funded by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). Our mission is to build state-wide capacity to improve outcomes of individuals with ASD by improving the knowledge, skills and understanding of families, educators, and professionals who support someone with a spectrum disorder. (VCU ACE)
Description: Pursuant to Senate Bill 652, the 2010 General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia to include §22.1-271.5 directing the Board of Education to develop and distribute to school divisions by July 1, 2011, 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 student-athletes. concussion
Description: HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion.
Description: Families and schools need to communicate in order to make sure potential injury-related learning problems are not overlooked in a child with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
Description: Kids with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) have similar challenges to kids with other disabilities, but they also have uneven skill profiles, meaning they may be strong in one area or academic subject but deficient in another.
Description: When caring for a loved one with special needs, you want to provide them with the best quality of life possible. You can get the help you need by coordinating with professionals to create a holistic life care plan, while balancing your own needs and those of other family members. Through proper planning, you can protect your loved ones, even if you’re not there to provide for them.
Description: Some researchers estimate that over half of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have some sort of issue with food. These feeding issues can be of significant concern to parents because they might impact their child’s health and wellbeing. The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) created Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism: A Guide for Parents to help parents and professionals better understand the “nuts and bolts” of feeding issues.
Description: This module is focused on adult wounded warriors and their caregivers, but it has good general information about what to expect after a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. There is information about "What you might see" and "How you can help" that might be useful for school aged students, who have a severe to moderate traumatic brain injury, and their caregivers.
Description: Good access to doctors is especially important for people with Medicare—seniors and adults with permanent disabilities because they are significantly more likely than others to need health care services. This issue brief examines the evidence on Medicare patients' access to physicians to assess the extend to which these concerns are supported by findings from multiple patient surveys, physician surveys, published studies, and new physician data from Medicare.
Description: Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource and Information Center will be a dynamic and interactive, highly visible and effective central point of quality resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, their families, and other targeted key stakeholders.
Description: This site includes a video recording of this webinar held on December 11, 2013 as well as the PowerPoint Presentation Slides, Training Script, Living in the Moment Documentary, Appendices, Handouts and Additional Resources.
Description: This is a list of tips about staying warm, traveling in a wheelchair, using a assistance dog and more.
Description: This is the story of a little girl named Jackie. The story attempts to explore her short life and how she impacted those who shared it with her.
Description: The Optometric Extension Program Foundation is an international organization* dedicated to the advancement of the discipline of optometry through the gathering and dissemination of information on vision and the visual process. (National Organization)
Description: The Brain Injury Association of Virginia have updated this guide for educators that includes the following sections: Brain Injury 101, The Student with TBI: AN Overview, Educational Implications, Transition, Family and Special Education.
Description: This report serves to provide a better understanding of possible factors that may contribute to difficulties in a school environment after a concussion and serves as a framework for the medical home, the educational home, and the family home to guide the student to a successful and safe return to learning.
Description: This guidelines document is designed to be a resource for teachers and administrators as they address the educational needs of students with a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) in Virginia. Parents of children with SLD may find this document useful as well. These guidelines offer an overview of best practices for educating individuals with SLD and should be used in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)Regulations Governing Special Education Program for Children with...
Description: This online Parent Resource Directory provides contact information and other service details about organizations dedicated to providing support and information to families with children who have chronic healthcare needs.
Description: This booklet serves as a guide to help grandparents explore the world of Down Syndrome.
Description: Founded in 1973, the National Down Syndrome Congress is the country’s oldest national organization for people with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who work with them. We provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome, and work to create a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome.
Description: After choosing your state, all the listings in that state will appear. Once you click on a category, you will be asked to enter a zip code in the state you picked. After you enter your zip code and hit the enter key, a map of all the listings of that category in the state will appear.
Description: The Grandparent Autism Network informs grandparents about autism and the medical, educational, legal and social issues that affect their families, enabling them to share how they may improve the quality of life for their children and grandchildren.
Description: An easy-to-read booklet on Bipolar Disorder in children and teens that explains what it is, when it starts and how to get help. (NIMH- National Institute of Mental Health)
Description: The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous early intervention, educational, and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.
Description: This contains a listing of the reading products available from Don Johnston.
Description: The following materials are available for download: Milestone checklists (single ages), Milestone products for a range of ages, Flyers, Condition-specific fact sheets, Other resources and Materials in other languages (Arabic, Korean, Portuguese).
Description: The LD Navigator is a clinical tool and resource kit that provides practical information about learning disabilities (LD) specifically for pediatric healthcare professionals. The LD Navigator provides the pediatric office with options for enhancing clinical intake and assessment, providing referral and relevant information to parents, and empowering both children/adolescents with LD and their parents to access effective, research-proven intervention and related services.
Description: The Brain Injury Association of New York State is now broadcasting webinars! Join us for FREE monthly webinars on an array of topics focusing on the needs of children and veterans following brain injury. Past Webinars include: "From the Desk of the School Nurse: How to Implement a Concussion Management Protocol" and "The Meaningful Link in Supporting Individuals and Families: BIANYS Family, Advocacy, Counseling, and Training Services (FACTS) Program" and "Return to Learn: Supporting Students...
Description: These webinars cover a variety of topics, including toileting, nutrition/feeding, transition to adult life, health, healing, and siblings, are presented in conjunction with the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development.
Description: This report focuses on the extent to which public schools across America are meeting the educational needs of children with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Description: This manual will assist school personnel in understanding how a brain injury can best be recognized and served. It includes five chapters on: 1) basic normal neuroanatomy, 2) tasks mastered during normal development and how a brain injury can disrupt development at any point, 3) 16 domains (or skills) most commonly disrupted following a brain injury, 4) social/emotional competency and 5) the federal definition of TBI and its implications on formalized services (504 Plans),...
Description: Children with a history of a previous concussion, particularly recent or multiple concussions, are at increased risk for prolonged symptoms after concussion. These findings have direct implications on the management of patients with concussion who are at high risk for repeat injuries.
Description: This collaborative webinar provided an overview of the burden of TBI among young children ages, 0-4, the work of the HRSA Traumatic Brain Injury Program, and efforts to mitigate the impact of TBI on this population.
Description: The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns. (Sibshops, SibTeen, Sib20 and Sib Net)
Description: Pennsylvania's BrainSTEPS (Strategies Teaching Educators, Parents, and Students) Brain Injury School Re-Entry Consulting Program is in its 8th year of assisting school districts in creating educational plans for students following an acquired brain injury. BrainSTEPS Concussion Return to Learn Educational Resources includes PA's Return to Learn Concussion Management Teams Why Districts Should Form Return to Learn Concussion Management Teams (CMTs) Concussion Webinar Concussion Return to...
Description: This booklet describes the kinds of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and health benefits for a child with a disability and explains the evaluation of disability claims for children. (Spanish version)
Description: This booklet is for the parents, caregivers or representatives of children younger than age 18 who have disabilities that might make them eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. It is also for adults who became disabled in childhood (prior to age 22) and who might be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. (We call this SSDI benefit a “child’s” benefit because it is paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record.)
Description: Everyone is at risk for a traumatic brain injury (TBI), especially children and older adults. CDC’s research and programs work to prevent TBI and help people better recognize, respond, and recover if a TBI occurs. This site includes information on: Adults and TBI as well as Children and Teens and TBI. There is free online training available for Medical Providers, for Coaches (Youth Sports) and for High School Coaches. (CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Description: The Children’s National SCORE Concussion program is staffed by neuropsychologists and neuropsychology post-doctoral fellows who can assess and treat children, teens, and college student-athletes, ages 4-22, who have sustained a concussion. An important part of treatment is educating the student and parents about concussions, the risks of re-injury, and ways to ensure recovery.
Description: The Sport Concussion Library offers a wealth of information on the topic of sport concussion. It has information for all audiences, including researchers, athletes, parents, coaches and first responders (therapists/trainer), educational institutions and physicians.
Description: Welcome to the MomsTeam concussion safety center! We first began providing comprehensive concussion safety information to youth sports parents, coaches and athletic trainers in 2000.
Description: Each year, over 4,000 of Pennsylvania’s children/adolescents survive severe traumatic brain injuries significant enough to require hospitalization. Many are left with life-altering difficulties in physical, cognitive, or behavioral functioning. (Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania)
Description: The NFHS has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. This course highlights the impact of sports-related concussion on athletes, teaches how to recognize a suspected concussion, and provides protocols to manage a suspected concussion with steps to help players return to play safely after a concussion. Each state's...
Description: The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of businesses, government entities, organizations, and individuals in the Mid-Atlantic Region (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV).
Description: This is the Official Website of the U.S. Social Security Administration. This contains a variety of information and resouces concerning disability benefits. Social Security pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death.
Description: The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has unveiled an online exhibit of disability in America. The exhibit "Everybody: An Artifact History of Disability in America" features sections on disability and history, people, places, technology and more. The exhibit presents history as viewed from the perspective of people with disabilities.
Description: Deciding if a child has ADHD is a several step process. There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, and many other problems, like anxiety, depression, and certain types of learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms. The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth edition (DSM-5) is used by mental health professionals to help diagnose ADHD. It was released in May 2013 and replaces the previous version, the text revision of the fourth edition (DSM-IV-TR). The...
Description: Intellectual disability, also known as mental retardation, is a term used when there are limits to a person’s ability to learn at an expected level and function in daily life. Levels of intellectual disability vary greatly in children –from a very slight problem to a very severe problem.