Friendship Circle

After a week of NO internet, I’m back! Whew…was having withdrawals!

A friend shared this blog with me and it’s definitely worth a read! The Friendship Circle blog “provides a space to receive great resources, read and share opinions, and stay up to date on the latest trends and news in the special needs community. You’ll hear from parents, special educators, therapists, advocates, and those with special needs themselves. Whether you come to learn, share, or give your own opinion join us…. You are among friends.”

This blog, in particular, has great information when considering chores as preparation for employment!  10 Benefits of Chores For Your Child With Special Needs


Small Business in the US

This week I was reminded of a woman I met a few years back who started her own business. Lissie, of Lissie’s Luv Yums, was a guest speaker at a conference in Chicago and I was encouraged to hear her story of the road to employment. Lissie’s unique needs led she and her foster mom to design and develop a business which could provide flexibility and doing something she enjoyed, while earning income. Take a look at her video and website!

PS My Dog LOVED Lissie’s Luv Yums!!!


Laughter is the Best Medicine

I am in need of some humor today and thought maybe someone else might need a chuckle too. Here’s a link to a few tips from the folks at HelpGuide.org, Laughter is the Best Medicine

“The most wasted day of all is that in which we have not laughed.”

“Laughter is the closest distance between two people.”


Unity Day

Today is Unity Day! Unite Against Bullying!

I’ve previously shared a few resources on bullying, (Family Matters, Netsmartz, Anti-bullying App)but wanted to acknowledge and support Unity Day. There’s an excellent resource from PACER for you to download, Bullying StudentActionPlan. While we focus on bullying within the four walls of school, we know bullying happens in many places across many ages…it is not limited to children in school. Please take time today to encourage those around you to choose words wisely, to speak up when something is wrong, to stand up for one who is being bullied, hold firm BUT extend grace to bullies…they may not know any other way of being.

For more information on Unity Day, check out the National Bullying Prevention Month link from PACER Center.


Smithsonian Institute

Smithsonian

Smithsonian Carousel

Click the image for Carousel times/schedule.

I have always loved visiting the many museums which make up the Smithsonian Institute (SI) in Washington, DC. The exhibits and gardens are wonderful, but in all honesty, the Carousel is one of my favorite parts.  For visitors with disabilities, navigating the path to the various SI sites is just the first hurdle, but the link provides information for most of the museums. Be sure to check out the Security Policies before visiting.

Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)


AT – AbleData

AbleData: Your source for assistive technology information

AbleData does not produce, distribute or sell products, but it does provide an excellent product listing with manufacturer and distributor information. PRODUCTS are classified by intended function or special features. Other resources provided include:

  • links to Web resources that provide information on assistive technology and other disability-related issues
  • the Assistive Technology Library, a searchable list of books, articles, papers and other paper and electronic publications that deal with topics relating to assistive technology
  • AbleData’s own publications that aid in selecting assistive products
  • product reviews and classified ads in the Consumer Forum
  • conferences and other events on topics relating to assistive technology and disability
  • news items on assistive technology and disability issues that you may have missed.

Click on Environmental Adaptions below to see an excerpt from the Product listings.

Environmental Adaptations
Products that make the built environment more accessible.
Major Categories: Indoor Environment, Furniture, Outdoor Environment, Vertical Accessibility, Houses, Polling Place Accessibility, Lighting, Signs.


Netsmartz

I try not to worry about stuff…”Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere.” Even though I try to keep worry out of my daily equation, it doesn’t mean I’m not concerned, especially about my kids and their well being. They are older now and each possess a good amount of internet smarts, but I do still remind and encourage appropriate online “behaviors.” Regardless of how old they get, they will always be my children which means I always have the right and opportunity to speak into their lives. (I think some parents forget this…) Parenting a wired family requires invested vigilance.

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NETSMARTZ is a great online internet safety resource parents and guardians. Filled with videos and presentations (both downloadable to share), interactive lessons and more, this site offers kids, tweens, teens, parents and educators an opportunity to explore internet safety, posting do’s/don’t for social media, cyber bullying and identity theft. Definitely a resource worth spending some time in! Share this with your child’s school counselors, teachers, extracurricular activity leaders, churches…a safety message worth spreading.

 

Here’s a couple of videos from the large video stash on Netsmartz:

Tracking Teresa (ages 11-17) How much information can someone learn about you online in 20 minutes?

UYN with Alyson Stoner (ages 5-10)