Department Archive

Archive of: Special Needs

Title Issue
Mall Santa Uses Sign Language to Ask Little Girl What She Wants for Christmas

Mall Santa Uses Sign Language to Ask Little Girl What She Wants for Christmas

ABC News shows "Father Christmas" using sign language to speak with 3-year-old Mali Williams-Cody seated on his knee in a matching Santa cap at the Cleveland Centre in Middlesbrough, England.

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Special needs trust planning begins with trust

Special needs trust planning begins with trust

Special Needs Trusts (SNT) are designed to allow financial resources to remain available to assist an individual challenged with special needs to receive Medical Assistance (MA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and/or Mental Health and Intellectual Disability (MH/D) benefits.

Web 2016
Every child deserves a bed where they can sleep safely

Every child deserves a bed where they can sleep safely

Most parents choose their child’s bed based on such variables as size and décor. But for parents of children with physical and cognitive disabilities, bed selection is much more serious. They must be even more cautious about guarding against falls, entrapment and other safety risks. And because safety beds are a medical necessity, they must also navigate challenging insurance requirements.

Web 2015
A closer look at Spina Bifida

A closer look at Spina Bifida

Web 2015
Colleges that Cater to Students with Special Needs

Colleges that Cater to Students with Special Needs

Web 2015
Dyslexia promotes unique learning

Dyslexia promotes unique learning

Most people know dyslexia as a learning disability that affects the ability to read, write and/or spell. But, dyslexia does not cause an inability to learn. Individuals with dyslexia simply learn in different ways.

Web 2015
Debunking myths and misconceptions about Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders

Debunking myths and misconceptions about Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders

Movies and the media often characterize or portray Tourette Syndrome and other Tic disorders as conditions defined by emotional outbursts and uncontrollable vocal obscenities. This mainstream depiction has led many to dub Tourette the “cursing disorder.” Yet, Tourette is not an emotional disorder and only a small subset vocalize socially unacceptable words or phrases. These widespread misunderstandings have served to alienate those living with TS while stunting efforts to accurately define the condition as a treatable neurological disorder, rather than an emotional or behavioral disability.

Web 2015
Graduates on autism spectrum tap into passion

Graduates on autism spectrum tap into passion

What happens when the school bus stops coming for the one in 68 kids diagnosed with autism? The answer could be as simple as developing their interests, as friends and family witnessed when seven exceptional individuals with autism graduated from Exceptional Minds on Sunday to pursue careers in visual effects and digital animation.

Web 2014
Early intervention for your child and family

Early intervention for your child and family

Sometimes, children are born with a condition or special need that impacts their development. Other times, a developmental delay becomes apparent over time, and is noticed by you or your doctor. Early intervention is a support system for children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.

Web 2014
DSM5: What happened to Asperger’s?

DSM5: What happened to Asperger’s?

It seemed somewhat arbitrary to Billy’s parents to have a diagnosis—and one that fit so well—taken away from him. The change itself, however, wasn’t arbitrary at all, for it reflected new research and ongoing psychiatric practice. The DSM is sometimes referred to as a “living document,” meaning it changes as we learn more about various mental health issues.

Web 2014