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Puzzled Parents News

Happy August! This newsletter is filled with national news for the disability community along with various local events and resources for San Diego. I hope all of you enjoyed your summer and we wish you luck in preparing for the new school year.

Puzzled Parents is gearing up for ‘Walk Now For Autism Speaks- 5k Family Fun Walk and Resource Fair’ on Saturday, September 10th 2011 at 8am. Spread the word about this great event and learn more by going to their website.

Local San Diego News

Help for Families of Children with Disabilities (Tara Lindhardt) In San Diego, parents of children with developmental disabilities have recently been abruptly stopped from working with special educational advocates through the San Diego Regional Center because of the deep state budget cuts. Thankfully, there is a wonderful alternative available…(Read More)

Local San Diego Community Events, Resources and Programs

THE ARC OF SAN DIEGO They provide classes, workshops, community living and support assistance and programs and many more things. Check out their services and events at http://www.arc-sd.com/

Autism Society San Diego Presents Sensory Friendly Films (See Schedule) Make sure check out there community support groups and events at http://www.sd-autism.org/

Conference for Parents and Professionals at SDSU-special education advocacy coordinator Erin Kenney, Ph.D., is presenting “working Collaboratively with Advocates” at the upcoming Individuals with Autism: Parents and Professionals Partnering for Success conference. September 16, 2011. COMPASS provides access and support for families in the special needs community. Learn more at http://www.compassfamilycenter.org/

Re Spectrum Community (Learn More)

• Replay- Social Skills Training and Play Skills Training

• ReThink- Asperger’s awareness initiative

• ReConnect- Individual and group, relational, family and couple psychotherapy

• ReFit- Family Wellness Program

• Lil Prodigies Art Classes

NAMI San Diego (Go to site to learn more)

Sensory Jump Time at Pump It Up of Poway

  • First Monday of every month 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. All families with autistic children are invited to join us for some fun during this special Sensory Jump Time. (Details)
  • Pump It Up of Poway will be selling Puzzle Pieces the month of August for Team Andrew, and in support of the San Diego Autism Walk. Please jump and buy a puzzle piece for Autism Speaks! A $5 donation is suggested. For more on Pump It Up of Poway, visit website

National resources, Events and Programs

Check out positively Autism’s blog! Current Topic is on Using Visual Schedules. http://positively-autism.blogspot.com/

National News

(check out disabilityscoop.com to stay up to date on more national news in the special needs community)

Autism Insurance Settlements Ill-Conceived Advocates Say- California officials claimed a win earlier this month after striking deals with two private insurers to cover behavior therapy for children with autism, but now some advocates are calling the settlements a “sham.”… (Read More)

“Wandering’ Diagnosis Gets Green Light-Starting this fall, wandering will be added to the list of descriptors doctors can use to diagnose individuals with autism, intellectual disability and other conditions. The addition comes after a federal committee gave the final go-ahead on a proposal to make wandering a secondary classification that could be applied to individuals with developmental disabilities or other diagnoses…(Michelle Diament)(Read More)

Report Finds Progress, Problems for Students With Learning Disabilities (Nirvi Shah) A new report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities says too few students with learning disabilities graduate from high school, and some racial and ethnic groups are still disproportionately represented in LD programs, but early intervention strategies appear to be reducing the overall number of students who are identified as having a learning disability… (Read More)

Protests Mark ADA Anniversary( Michelle Diament) advocates are demonstrating across the country against a proposal that would set guidelines on when workers with disabilities can be paid less than minimum wage. Members of the National Federation of the Blind are holding “informational protests” outside the district offices of members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday…(Read More)

How Are Educates Using Google + (Audrey Watters) As more people join Google’s new social network, Google+, they’re figuring out how to take advantage of some of the innovative uses for the site. One obvious use for educators is to boost their personal and professional network, particularly as the service offers more granular controls for privacy and sharing. Within these Circles, as each designated group is called, educators and students can create discussion groups without having to worry about the awkward or troubling “friend” or “follower” relationships that come with Facebook and Twitter. (Read More)

Education Takes A Beating Nationwide ( Stephan Ceaser and Teresa Watanabe) After a particularly brutal budgeting season this summer, states and school districts across the country have fired thousands of teachers, raised college tuition, relaxed standards, slashed days off the academic calendar and gutted pre-kindergarten and summer school programs… (Read More)

Suspicion Surrounds Autism Fundraising Effort (Shaun Heasley) group claiming to benefit people with autism is under fire from national disability advocates who say the organization’s fundraising efforts are nothing more than a money-making scheme. The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation uses telemarketing to solicit volunteers to raise money on its behalf from their family and friends. But financial filings suggest that the foundation, which claims to help those who have autism, does no such thing. (Read More)

 

Puzzled Parents News is associated with the San Diego Puzzled Parents Support Group and is created by Heather Kennedy.

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