By: Kaitlin Murphy
The Front Page Blog: Blogs on Children and Youth
In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March is designated as National Reading Month. The primary audience for Dr. Seuss’ books is young children, but his writings have insight for adults, too. As he said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Happy 30th Birthday for Early Intervention and Preschool Services for Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families
October 8th marks the 30th anniversary of Public Law 99-457 that expanded the special education law to cover infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities. The law recognizes families as pivotal to the success of babies and young children with developmental disabilities. Early intervention and special education services definitely made a difference for my son, Pete – who is now 28…
Important Tools for Back to School – Assistive Technologies for Your Child with Learning Disabilities
Parents who are gathering backpacks and supplies for the start of the school year, may want to add one more item to that back to school list—an appropriate assistive technology (AT) product. AT can help with many types of learning challenges: listening, speaking, math, organization and memory, reading and writing.
I was optimistic about the direction the field of disability was taking when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed. I had spent a year arguing with my brother-in-law who belonged to an organization that was actively lobbying against the ADA. He was convinced that the ADA would be the death of the small business that employed him. Our arguments were heated and often led to me saying…
September is College Savings Month—a month to remind and encourage people to start a 529 Plan. Section 529 plans make it easy and affordable for the average family to plan ahead for the cost of college attendance and are available in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Across the nation, many activities are held during September to recognize the importance of saving for college…
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. During May, communities come together to promote awareness and understanding of mental illness.