2013 Social Security Benefits Workshop

[from the Catholic Coalition for Special Education]: Since a major barrier in the transition process is the fear of losing a Social Security (SSA) cash or health benefit, understanding the rules surrounding SSA benefits prior to working will help reduce these fears. An interactive discussion on the differences between the SSDI and SSI programs, what happens at age 18, and a description of work incentives will be highlighted. Self-advocacy tips for interacting with SSA and a description of the State Medicaid threshold amounts will be highlighted.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Catholic Coalition for Special Education & the Blessed Sacrament disAbilities Ministry
proudly present:

Amy Wallish
Certified Benefits Counselor
Founder of Full Circle Employment Solutions

Saturday, September 21, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Continue reading 2013 Social Security Benefits Workshop

“What Causes Autism?”

Saturday, September 28, 2103, 10am – 12:00pm

Towson University presents An integrated approach towards understanding what causes autism.

Dr. Valerie Hu is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC as well as a mother of a son with ASD.

Dr. Hu will discuss the multiple factors contributing to autism which require the integration of the different types of large-scale genomics studies in order to develop a better understanding of the underlying pathobiology as well as the sex bias in autism. This comprehensive level of understanding is critical to the development of novel treatments that are based on correcting specific deficiencies in different individuals with ASD. She will also stress the need to focus studies on subgroups of individuals with similar symptomatic and behavioral profiles in order to tailor treatment strategies to specific individuals or subtypes of ASD.

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Model Me Kids – Social Skills Teaching Resources for Parents, Teachers & Therapists

Model Me Kids Teaching Manuals and Student Workbooks are a complement to its video modeling DVDs and help extend the lessons taught in the videos. These resources help teach social skills at home, in a classroom, social skills group, or other teaching setting.

Parents: Use to structure home-based instruction and reinforce skills presented in the videos.

Teachers: Use to help build your social skills curriculum to teach and apply skills presented in the videos

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Montgomery hockey team, the Cheetahs, is a therapeutic win for special-needs families

Recently in the Washington Post:
Bundled in coats and clutching cups of hot coffee, parents chatter while their kids glide across the ice rink in Rockville.

But the Montgomery County parents aren’t talking much about playing time or stick-handling skills, instead using the opportunity as a sort of weekend therapy session. They talk about their children’s medical problems. They fret over the embarrassing emotional tantrums their children have in public. And they complain to one another about how hard it is find the right classroom for their children, who may have autism, can’t speak or will never know how to read.

It’s hockey season for the Montgomery Cheetahs, a team for children with special needs, which is now in its eighth season as it returns to Cabin John Ice Rink for practice this month. Continue reading Montgomery hockey team, the Cheetahs, is a therapeutic win for special-needs families

Letter to the Editor – Medicare Keeps Me Tickin’

Are any “seniors” out there as upset as I am by Robert J. Samuelson July 29 column “It’s the elderly, stupid”? It goes from the placard shown in the photograph above the text, which reads “Medicare Keeps Me Tickin’,” to casually referring to those of us over 65 who take Medicare and Social Security as “retirees” dragging down the economy with our “private pleasures.”

What’s wrong with using Medicare to keep the heart of someone over 65 “tickin’”? Did we not work for our retirement nest eggs, are we not careful of how many pleasure trips we take, do we not give generously of our time and financial aid to our churches and to disasters like Haiti, Katrina and Somalia?

Bring on the dialogue, but don’t paint with one brush those of us over 65 who spend our money carefully as enjoying “middle-class welfare.”

-Mary Ann Carmody, Washington

The Washington Post
August 1, 2011

Autopsy report gives details in death of man with Down syndrome at Md. theater

Robert Ethan Saylor didn’t like to be touched, and suddenly an off-duty deputy had his hands on him. Within moments, two more deputies would grab him, the four men would fall in a heap on the floor, and Saylor, who had been shouting and resisting their attempts to restrain him, would grow quiet and still.

More than two months after a man with Down syndrome died at the hands of three off-duty Frederick County sheriff’s deputies, these details about his death emerged in an autopsy report released this week. The 11-page report, which offers the most comprehensive account yet on how the 26-year-old who went to see a movie ended up dead, was made available Tuesday, the same day local and national advocacy groups met with the U.S. Department of Justice to discuss the need for better police training. Continue reading Autopsy report gives details in death of man with Down syndrome at Md. theater