July 2013 | News You Can Use

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I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.  - Pablo Picasso

Summer is a great time to relax while you find out more about how to do things that interest or concern you. What disability-related “how-to’s” are on your agenda for this summer? We know we have a few! So we’ve focused this month’s newsletter on connecting to “how-to’s” that may be useful to many of us with disability in our lives, now or in the future.

As always, we welcome your feedback in all forms. Please feel free to contact us at nichcy@fhi360.org.

Our best to you,

Your friends
at the National Dissemination Center
for Children with Disabilities


How to…

Get facts about specific disabilities.
NICHCY offers brief, but detailed fact sheets on specific disabilities. Each fact sheet defines the disability, describes its characteristics, offers tips for parents and teachers, and connects you with related information and organizations with special expertise in that disability.

Find national organizations with specific disability or health expertise.
There are many national disability organizations and publicly funded information resource centers available. Each offers detailed information in their area of disability or health expertise. NICHCY’s National Gateway puts contact information and a brief description of each organization right at your fingertips.

Better understand what the law says.
NICHCY devotes an entire section of its website to federal legislation that relates directly or indirectly to individuals with disabilities, particularly children and youth. Visit the NICHCY Laws page to connect with more info on IDEA, Section 504, the ADA, and the Assistive Technology Act!

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Build Connections – The Partnership Way.
Few collaborations start out as a deep effort. Depth develops over time and with intention! The Partnership Way describes four habits for interacting with partners, as well as four levels for deepening the collaborative work you do with partners.



How to…

Explain disability to family members.
Addressing a child’s learning disability (LD) is stressful for any parent, and explaining it to your family can be difficult, as you are just beginning to understand it yourself. This article provides strategies on how to explain LD to your family.

Access mental health services.
There are many organizations and groups that deal with mental health. This is a great place to find the one or ones that offer(s) the type of assistance, intervention, or information you’re seeking.

Get a break.
Folks raising children or supporting a family member of any ability level welcome breaks from time to time. A particular type of support is needed for a break when a child or family member with a disability is involved. The National Respite Locator Service helps parents, family caregivers, and professionals find respite services in their state and local area to match their specific needs.

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Toilet train a child with a special needs.
Toilet training works best when parents of children with special needs have access to the guidance, instruction, and encouragement of their pediatrician, other trained professionals, or support groups. This article provides that guidance and additional resources to help with toilet training.

Use music to help children with special needs.
Music has value beyond entertainment – because of its effect on gross motor function, breathing, and self-regulation for children who struggle to speak, music is an excellent therapeutic tool.

Transition smoothly to kindergarten.
Transitions can seem scary, but with adequate planning and follow through they can go smoothly.
Planning for terrific transitions: A guide for transition-to-school teams focuses on the need to facilitate children’s transition to kindergarten and is designed to help teams improve their transition processes through more effective planning, implementation, and evaluation.

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Teach students with a variety of abilities.
Teaching a group of students with varying abilities so that everyone can learn grade-level skills and content takes practice. The National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials provides tools to help teachers improve that skill.

Help struggling readers.
Did you know that learning to read is a challenge for almost 40% of kids? The good news is that with early help, most reading problems can be prevented.

Stop bullies and bullying.
Whether you are a parent, educator, or concerned friend of the family, there are 10 steps you can take to stop and prevent bullying. Do you know them all?

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Create an inclusive school environment.
IRIS Center provides free, online, interactive training enhancements that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice. Check out IRIS’ training on how to create an inclusive school environment for all students.

Get parents and families involved in school.
Research shows that parent involvement can improve student behavior, attendance, and achievement. But how can schools foster high-quality, successful parent involvement? This article offers research-based advice and resources to help.

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Publication of this eNewsletter is made possible through Cooperative Agreement #H326N110002 between FHI 360 and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the U.S. Department of Education. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.


Comments on our newsletter? Too long? Too short? Off-target? Right on? Suggestions for future topics? Please feel free to contact us at nichcy@fhi360.org. We’re here to help you help children with disabilities.

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NOTICE: NICHCY is going away, but its resources are not. Find hundreds of legacy NICHCY publications, as well as our training curriculum on IDEA 2004, in the Center for Parent Information and Resources' Library at http://www.parentcenterhub.org/resources. This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to http://www.parentcenterhub.org.