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Happy 2012!

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Local Events and Programs

Resources for Families with Special Needs from San Diego Family Magazine. ( Learn More)

NAMI San Diego (

Helpline service for families, friends and those affected by mental illness. 1-800-523-5933

Autism Tree Project Foundation (

  • Musical Playgroup- January 21, 2012
  • In Harmony New Music Training- January 21, 2012
  • Community Autism Connection- January 29, 2012
  • Valentine’s Nature Hike- February 12, 2012 Make sure to subscribe to this great local informational resource

Xcite Steps

  • Bowling League starts January 16th
  • Saturday January 14th- Kids Adventure Club will be going to the Children’s Museum of San Diego.  To sign up for event please contact Pam

Autism Society of San Diego (

  • Sensory Frienly Film- The Secrete World of Arrietty- 2/25

ReSpectrum Community (

Check there calender for information on all the wonderful programs they offer the community.

 CHADD-Children and Adults with ADHD

Information and Materials to help ADHD children- (Click Here)

 LDA-Learning Disabilites Association of San Diego (

  • IEP Workshops
  • Community Networking
  • School Problems Workshop

Local News

California Schools Brace for Fiscal Fallout-“Thousands of California public schools face the prospect of slashing up to a week of instruction, canceling bus services, or laying off nonteaching staff in the middle of this school year because state revenues are expected to fall below what the governor and lawmakers counted on when they approved an $86 billion general fund budget last June.” (Lesli Maxwell)(Read More)

Gov Jerry Brown Says He Will Increase Education Funding– “Reporting from Sacramento — Introducing a measure of optimism into the state’s dire fiscal situation, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that his 2012-13 budget would increase education funding and that the outlook for schools would remain strong — if voters pass his initiative to raise taxes.” (Anthony York) (Read More)

National News

Obama Calls For Better Pay for Disability Caregivers– ” The Obama administration is proposing new rules to provide first-ever minimum wage and overtime protections for in-home care workers who assist people with disabilities.” (Michelle Diament) (Read More)

Supreme Court Declines to Hear IDEA Case-” The U.S. Supreme Court said this week that it will not consider a special education case that raised questions about whether or not school districts should be liable if they fail to identify a child’s special needs.” ( Shuan Heasley) (Read More)

Fewer Parents Go It Alone At IEP Meetings– ” Increasingly frustrated by difficult negotiations with school districts, more parents are turning to special education advocates and attorneys for help.” ( Shuan Heasley) (Read More)

TSA Rolls Out Helpline For Traverlers With Special Needs-“ A new phone number could make your next trip to the airport go a little bit smoother. ” (Michelle Diament) (Read More)

Disability a Focus as School Bullying Protections Grow- “Nearly all states now have laws prohibiting school bullying, but just 16 offer specific protections for those with disabilities.”(Michelle Diament) (Read More)

Autism Speaks Releases ATN Visual Supports Guide-“ Pictures, photographs and other visual supports can greatly improve communication for children, adolescents and adults who struggle with understanding or using language. Today, Autism Speaks is pleased to introduce Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorders, a guide for parents, teachers and medical professionals.”

Obesity More Common Among Kids With Special Needs– “Children with disabilities and special health care needs are more likely to be overweight or obese than their typically developing peers, according to a first-of-its-kind federal report.” (Michelle Diament) (Read More)

Autism Finding Makes Times Magazine’s Top 10– “A new development in autism research is among Time Magazine’s “Top 10 New Findings in Parenting” for the year.” (Shaun Heasley) (Read More)

Technology News

Mom Creates iPad App that Leaves Kids Spell-Bound– ” EDMONTON – Electrical engineer Lisa Welburn spent countless hours over the past two years poring over spelling lessons and studying phonics to help her frustrated son learn to read and write.”  (Read More)

 Chesapeake Father Creates App to Navigate Autism– “Joe Hill watched his son press a finger against the screen of an iPhone, pull back an animated slingshot, and fire a bird through the virtual air.” (Josh Brown) (Read More)

 Largest-Ever Autism Research Network Takes Shape– “Autism research efforts are getting a leg up with a new public-private partnership designed to make data on thousands with the developmental disability more available for study.” (Michelle Diament) (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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