Raising Special Kids Monday Memo

Raising Special Kids Awarded
Federal Grant for Special Education

Raising Special Kids has been designated as Arizona’s Parent Training and Information Center. Part D of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act mandates parent training and information centers in every state.
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Featured for the week of September 24, 2014

Why Isn’t Accommodating the Same as Inclusion?

Making appropriate accommodations is an essential strategy in working with students who have a wide variety of needs.  But there’s more to inclusion than that.
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Promising New Approach Helps Curb Early Schizophrenia in Teens, Young Adults

What makes the treatment unique is that it focuses deeply on family relationships, and occurs early in the disease, often before a diagnosis.
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Special Education Tip of the Week

Can an evaluation or reevaluation be delayed due to summer vacation?
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In the News

Arizona Headlines

Wings for Autism®

Join The Arc of Arizona, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Sky Harbor at this airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families and aviation professionals.
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More Arizona News:

What Would You Ask the Candidates Running for State Schools Superintendent?
Raising Arizona Kids magazine is working to develop in-depth profiles of the candidates, and they want to make sure your voice is heard.

Kayak with Daring Adventures
Learn paddling basics from certified kayak instructors while exploring local lakes.  The program is also looking for volunteer.

The 5th “Vital Sign” & the Painkiller Epidemic
Five-part series by Arizona Department of Health Services Director that describes the acute and growing effects that the opiate painkiller epidemic is having in America.

Phoenix Symphony Goes Back to School with Anti-Bullying Concert
The Phoenix Symphony’s  education program, Symphony for the Schools  will include an exceptional presentation, Uzu and Muzu of Kakaruzu - An Anti-Bullying Concert this season.

National Headlines

Educating Students with Disabilities: 'Inclusion' Environment Benefits -- Now What?

A new study shows that, for at least one aspect of language development, children with disabilities do indeed benefit from inclusion—but not in a way profoundly different than other children.
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More National News:

Insufficient Sleep in Adolescents and Young Adults: An Update on Causes and Consequences
Chronic sleep loss in adolescence are a serious threat to the academic success, health, and safety of our nation’s youth and an important public health issue.

U.S. Sees Increasing Number of Youths with Disabilities
The number of non-institutionalized children age 17 and younger with disabilities rose 16% between 2001 and 2011 to an analysis published in Pediatrics.

California Seminar to Teach People with Autism How to Interact Safely with Police
Event co-sponsored by local law enforcement to avoid misunderstandings that could lead to confusion or violence. 

Urgent Care Centers Opening For People With Mental lllness
Hoping to keep more people with mental illness out of jails and emergency rooms, health officials opened a mental health urgent care center in South Los Angeles.
Community Events
Raising Special Kids Workshops

Central Arizona

Community Educational Conference:
Back to School

Sep 6, 8am-12pm
Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix

Navigating Learning Differences through a Strength-Based Approach
Sep 30, 6-8pm
Hilton-Phoenix Airport, Phoenix

Oral Health Care & Autism
Oct 15
Level 1:  9am-12pm
Level 2:  1-3pm
City of Flagstaff Aquaplex, Flagstaff

Northern Arizona

DDD Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) Forums
   Sep 3, 9am-12pm
   DES, Prescott Valley
   Sep 3, 2:30-5:30 pm
   Kingman Police Department, Kingman

   Sep 4, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
   Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

   Sep 11, 2-5pm
   Quality Inn, Window Rock

Assistive Technology Center Open House
928-523-6759 or
Sep 17, 4:45-7pm
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff

Southern Arizona

Pre-employment Job Fair Seminars
Sep 12, 10am-12pm
Pima Community College Downtown Campus, Tucson

Arizona’s Vulnerable Populations
A Community Outreach Program
Sep 18, 7:30-9am
Cochise College, Sierra Vista


Our Children Eat Differently: Raising a Child with a Feeding Tube
Oct 29, 12-1pm

Central Arizona

IEP Training
Sep 9, 6-8pm
Raising Special Kids, Phoenix

Positive Behavior Support
Sep 9, 6-8pm
Raising Special Kids, Phoenix

Cumpliendo los 18 años - Opciones Legales
Sep 26, 10am-12pm
Raising Special Kids Phoenix

High School Transition
Sep 27, 10am-12pm
Raising Special Kids, Phoenix

El Comportamiento Positivo
Sep 27, 10am-12pm
Raising Special Kids, Phoenix

Turning 18 - Legal Options
Sep 27, 1-3pm
Raising Special Kids, Phoenix

Entrenamiento del IEP
Sep 27 ,1-3pm
Raising Special Kids, Phoenix

Southern Arizona

Positive Behavior Support
Sep 16, 6-8 pm
Emily Meschter Early Learning Center, Tucson 
Available on demand
Weekly Resources
Family Story

Swimming in Pools of Doubt

As Marci described the first weeks and months after her son Matthew's birth, she relayed feelings shared by many parents of babies in NICU: "I was utterly lost, swimming in pools of doubt about my abilities to care for this little boy."
Marci found support from Raising Special Kids, and began to get information and services for her son. She considers the peer support and mentoring to be an essential part of finding appropriate medical services for Matthew.
Click here to make a difference for families like Marci and Matthew's.
Quote of the Week
“Thank you once again for your compassion to a mother who was at the end of her rope and did not know where to go.”
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