Boston Spedpac

Thursday, October 27 (7:00pm-8:30pm)

Exceptional Lives will be joining Boston Public Schools Transition Services to talk about transition services available to parents of children with disabilities at the BostonSpedPac general meeting.

The event will take place at The Richard J. Murphy School – Library in Dorchester, MA. This meeting is easy to get to by public transportation and is open to the public. 

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In our free IEP Guide we tell you that it might be helpful to create an IEP binder for your child.

Start the IEP Guide

An IEP binder can be a great way to keep everything you need in one place! When it comes time to have an IEP meeting with the school,

Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Over the summer the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) wrote about the need for making life after high school better for students with disabilities. Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) help explain the DESE advisory and what it means for parents, advocates, and people with disabilities.

Bill Crane, a lawyer at MAC with years of experience in special education,

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Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Education shared the latest graduation rate data. Since the 2010-2011 school year, the graduation rate for students with disabilities has gone up almost 6%. 

President Obama spoke about the trend, saying “We’ve made a lot of progress… but I just want to be honest with you: We’ve still got more work to do.”

Read more about graduation rates from our friends at Disability Scoop.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

The ARC, a national advocacy group for people with disabilities, recently shared a fact sheet from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force. 

The fact sheet explains two new initiatives that are focusing on icreasing accessible, affordable, and integrated housing for people with disabilities. These fact sheets can help advocates keep an eye on what their state is doing to take these two initiatives and make positive changes.

Young child with butterfly wing backpack

<p>When Gena Mann’s firstborn child was diagnosed with autism, she decided to leave her job as a photo editor in NYC to focus on his needs. Since then she has created <a href=”http://www.wolfandfriends.com/” target=”_blank”><span><strong>WOLF + FRIENDS</strong></span></a>, a company that <strong>creates toys and costumes for children who are sensory-sensitive</strong>.</p><p>With Halloween coming up, Gena uses her experience as a mom and designer to share “5 Halloween hacks”

National Council on Disability

Last week the National Council on Disability (NCD) talked about one of the key findings from their “National Disability Policy Progress Report” – the need for a Technology Bill of Rights.

Why have a Technology Bill of Rights for people with disabilities?

NCD argues that the 57 million people with disabilities living in the U.S.

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Parent and blogger Katie Campbell shares what it was like to hear her pediatrician tell her and her husband that their son had autism.

In her blog “6 Things I’ve Learned Since My Son’s Pediatrician Said the Word Autism” Katie talks about her initial fears, the overwhelming amount of information out there about autism,

Emergency Room advice from Dr. Christina Johns

Anyone who likes going to urgent care or the emergency room, raise your hand!

Anyone? No one?

That’s right. Nobody likes it for any reason, anytime. It’s stressful, often unplanned and disorganized, and can be a frustrating experience. I put my doctor head together with a few parents who live this firsthand,

Ruder man Family Foundation

The Ruderman Family Foundation recently took a look at voter accessibility for people with disabilities – and what they found isn’t pretty.

Based on their research, president of the foundation Jay Ruderman says that “It is unfair for 20% of the American voting population to face barriers to a full participation in their right to cast a vote”.