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Have you submitted your LISS grant application?



Dear Families: 
Estimadas Familias:



The Arc of…

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Added by Family Support Network Admin on February 10, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Have you seen the new ads? ¿Has visto los nuevos anuncios?

Have you seen the new ads? A new campaign using comical labels is intended to encourage employers to ignore labels when hiring people with disabilities. The ads are being financed largely by agencies in 30 states that provide employment services as well as health and human services to their citizens who are disabled. What do you think of the ads?

The ads were featured in an…

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Added by Cristina Benitez on February 8, 2010 at 2:51am — No Comments

Parental Rights: Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice, Updated/ Derechos de Padres: Informativo de Garantias Legales del Estado de Maryland

 

Parental Rights: Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice

The guide has been revised to provide a full explanation of parental rights for children/students receiving services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and for children and families receiving early intervention services through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).  

 

Derechos de Padres: Informativo de Garantias Legales del Estado de…

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Added by Family Support Network Admin on January 30, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Toy Alert: Safety Recall and Poison-alert

 

Even if your child does not have a set at home, it's likely that you have seen the toy at the focus of the latest recall: Snap beads. Below is the recall flyer with details. Aunque si su hijo no tenga este juguete, hay probable que usted lo ha visto. A continuación esta el folleto.



SnapBeadsRecall.pdf





A recent… Continue

Added by Family Support Network Admin on January 11, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

LISS Program replaces Rolling Access / El programa LISS substituya el program "Rolling Access"

 

As many of you are aware, earlier this year, DDA discontinued the Rolling Access funding program. DDA is now instituting a new program, similar to rolling access, called LISS. There are two agencies in our

region which will be working with the LISS program - these are the Arc of PG County, and Maryland Community Connection. Here is the link to Maryland Community Connection, which explains the program. From their website, you can access more information and an application:…

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Added by Family Support Network Admin on December 10, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Winter 2009 Newsletter is now available! / La edición del boletín de invierno ya esta disponible

 

The Winter Edition 2009-2010 Family Support Network Newsletter is now available! Click here or image below to download it. This edition features upcoming opportunities and events, MCITP news on program expansion, emergency resources for families, "What Every Parent Should Know About Lead", and more! Check it out!



La edición del invierno del boletín de La Red de Apoyo Familiar ya esta disponible--…

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Added by Family Support Network Admin on December 2, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Stories of Thanks/ Cuentos de Accion de Gracias



Members of the Autism Speaks! community were asked to share what they are thankful for this past Thanksgiving. Their stories are inspiring! Take a read. What are YOU thankful for? Please leave a comment below and share! :)



Los miembros de la comunidad de Autism Speaks! (El Autismo Habla!) han compartido sus historias de que se sienten agradecidos. Sus cuentos dan inspiracion! Lealos! De que esta agradecido usted? Por… Continue

Added by Family Support Network Admin on December 2, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Helpful documents for considering your options between Part C and Part B services / Documentos para ayudarle comparar los servicios de la parte C con los de la parte B

 

The following documents may be helpful when it comes time to weigh your options for services for your family. As always, do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions!



The MSDE “Family Guide to Next Steps” is now available online in 14 different languages: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese!! Here’s the link:…

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Added by Family Support Network Admin on November 17, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

A Powerful Identity, a Vanishing Diagnosis (NYTimes Article)





By CLAUDIA WALLIS

Published: November 2, 2009



It is one of the most intriguing labels in psychiatry. Children with Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism, are socially awkward and often physically clumsy, but many are verbal prodigies, speaking in complex sentences at early ages, reading newspapers fluently by age 5 or 6 and acquiring expertise in some preferred topic —… Continue

Added by Family Support Network Admin on November 7, 2009 at 12:05am — No Comments

Training Opportunities for Families--Please weigh in!

As MCITP moves forward with the expansion of our services to a birth to kindergarten age program, we would like to offer you, our families, additional educational and training opportunities to support this change. In order to do this right, we need your suggestions on what learning opportunities you would find helpful. For examples, a discussion/forum on the differences between IEPs and IFSPs and suggestions on how to make the best decision for your child and family; what “typical” development… Continue

Added by Amy Kealiher on October 6, 2009 at 1:03pm — No Comments

MCITP News 9-29-09

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the new website as much as we are! So many areas to explore! Be sure and join the parent discussion group if you're interested in sharing/hearing stories, asking other parents questions, etc. That discussion group is for members only and is PRIVATE! So, whatever you say there will stay there . . . kind of like Vegas!



There are a few events coming up that I want to invite you all to. The Family Advisory Board (FAB) is kicking off their year of… Continue

Added by Amy Kealiher on September 29, 2009 at 2:38pm — No Comments

With the light: raising an autistic child By Keiko Tobe

 

I found this Magna novel called " With The Light" It is about a family who is raising an autistic child. I read through the first phase and on the last page the little boy finally looked at his mom and said "mommy." I don't know why but it just triggered something in side of me and I can't stop crying....



This book it just made me see. Like I have talked to other moms and seen a lot of other children but to read this book that so bluntly illustrates what my life has been…

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Added by Samantha on September 27, 2009 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Better is not good enough.

At the age of 18 months D was sitting in the middle of the floor screaming for hours on end. I thought that I was the worst mother in the world. I had taken all these hours of training on Child care and development, spent years taking care of other peoples children. And yet I didn't know what to do about my own child. I couldn't conect with her. She lived in her own world and it hurt so much when I could see that that world wasn't nice to her.

It was a secret. We never went out, we never… Continue

Added by Samantha on September 26, 2009 at 12:42am — 1 Comment

The Fall 2009 Newsletter is now available! El boletín ya esta disponible!

The Fall 2009 Family Support Network Newsletter is now bilingual! Click here to download it. This edition introduces our 5th service site, new bilingual website, includes information on upcoming opportunities for involvement, MSDE survey information, financial resources for families, a list of local "Kids Eat Free" promotions, and more! Check it out!



El boletín de La… Continue

Added by Cristina Benitez on August 20, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Study Examines Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution

AP – .By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner, Ap Medical Writer –

CHICAGO – Researchers for the first time have linked air pollution exposure before birth with lower IQ scores in childhood, bolstering evidence that smog may harm the developing brain.



The results are in a study of 249 children of New York City women who wore backpack air monitors for 48 hours during the last few months of pregnancy. They lived in mostly low-income neighborhoods in northern Manhattan… Continue

Added by Cristina Benitez on July 20, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

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