I am vice president of the special needs parents council for my public school district. Our president was approached by our city's public library children's room director because books on special needs and/or disabilities are underepresented in our children's room. What books do you recommend our public library get to better represent this population?
I've had several careers (or jobs) that seem very different from each other, and I have an educational background which is equally varied. I'm looking to possibly embark on a new path, but need help figuring out where I'm going exactly. [more inside]
What are some examples of conditions normally considered disabilities that are requirements for specific jobs? [more inside]
Hey Brilliants! Can you think of any characters who are deaf and are also rebellious or unconventional / daring? Thanks so much!
A friend of mine is looking for advice on how to get her Downs Syndrome son to eat after an incident of near choking a few months ago. [more inside]
I've offered to help a relative with a job search because it isn't going well on her own. She is qualified (with a 2 year degree) for the job she wants to find (and is not interested in entry level retail or the sort) but doesn't have the experience or skills to go about finding it. She also may have a diagnosis of Asperger's, and whether or not that's certain, I can at least say that she is stymied by technology (forgets how to do things, forgets logins, avoids it where possible), isn't likely to search out new career listings online much less apply, and gets weary and forgetful of the search easily. I would like some help from AskMe trying to make this is as easy as possible for her while hopefully still teaching her a few tricks. [more inside]
My fiancée and I are thinking of getting married in a few months and we're both still in school, I work part time and make about $20,000 a year. She does not work but receives vocational rehab and Social Security (SSI) for her permeant disability she was born with. [more inside]
My 12 year old son was just diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorder. Please help me to not catastrophize. [more inside]
Where can I find information about brain-computer interfaces and software available now for the severely physically disabled? I have been able to find many products, through web searching, but no site that compares them and shares the experiences of users. My goal is to help a family member who could benefit from such technology.
I am a technology specialist for a large public school district. In my school, I am a "prep" teacher. Classes come to me, the teacher leaves, and I have them for 50 minutes. Last year, for various reasons, I developed a phobia of being alone in charge of 25-30 kids by myself. I kept seeing danger to them and being unable to help. I took a leave from the middle of April through the end of the year. I tried to get an ELL position; that's my other license. ELL is small group and/or co-teaching and I would be just fine returning to it. [more inside]
Have wheelchair, will travel. My husband and I want to see the world! He uses a (manual) wheelchair. What countries are the most wheelchair-friendly? [more inside]
I'm seeking group therapy/support groups/non-profits for family members with brain cysts. [more inside]
Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities: What do you need and how do you want to connect, if at all?
I want to start a social support network for young adult (18-35) siblings of individuals with disabilities in my area. How do I best serve this population and create meaningful connections? If you are affected in one way or another, please share your needs/insights! [more inside]
How can I ensure my kid isn't being penalized for his disabilities in school? He's a 13-year-old 7th grader who's been diagnosed with OCD and ADHD (hyperactive type) and is on meds (and receives therapy as needed) for both. He is a reasonably smart, very chatty little dude. In a recent discussion with one of his teachers, I discovered that he's being penalized and verbally reprimanded for calling out in class. [more inside]
Help me and my group find a friendly diner in Paris? [more inside]
Should we fight to have a g-tube placed in our 10-month-old without general anesthetic? If the hospital insists on general anesthetic, should we find another provider or call the whole thing off? [more inside]
Have you successfully applied with the Division of Developmental Disabilities in Washington State? If so, any tips? [more inside]
I believe you when you tell me that we've met before, this time you've got my interest, this time you've got the floor
How can I get better at talking to new people? [more inside]
I am considering filing with my university's office of disability services as a disabled student. Should I? But of course, there are complications. [more inside]
A friend had some devastating news this week: she is losing her sight and (symptoms indicate) it's due to multiple sclerosis. I am young enough that I haven't yet helped friends through serious illness and lifelong physical disabilities, and I would really appreciate some advice on how I can give her the support that she needs, both in terms of practical matters and the realm of feelings. Much more detail inside. [more inside]
Teacherfilter: I had a crazy idea and want to know how/if I can make this work. The problem? There are over 500 regular education teachers in our system who would benefit from easily understood information about disabilities but more importantly, HOW to create IEP-directed classroom accommodations (y'know, like a kid needs materials distilled or a word bank, etc.). [more inside]
Can I apply for federal employment under Schedule A? [more inside]
Complicated question involving hoarding, ad/hd, and a disabled relative. [more inside]
I'm looking for a book I read in the mid '90's. It was a true story about a couple that adopted a bunch (8?) of kids with physical disabilities. I can't remember much about the book but I think their house had stairs and they made one child do push-ups until he could climb the stairs using only his arms. Oh, also I think they didn't have a tv. What is the title?
A few years ago I formulated a sociological theory about the evolution of terms used to refer to those afflicted by certain classes of disabilities, whether physical or mental, in which more functional members of the class resent being "bundled" with less functional members and are hence in a constant, mostly subconscious, quest for differentiation. This leads to development of ever more benign terms ("handicapable!") which themselves quickly become associated with the whole, therefore perpetuating the cycle. The theory seemed obvious to me when I thought of it, but I've yet to see it espoused or debunked elsewhere. Have you? Or, failing that, do you see any obvious arguments for or against it? [more inside]
What sorts of jobs exist in Miami (or Florida) for people who work with adult foster care for clients with developmental disabilities? [more inside]
Does the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to landlords who accept Section 8 Vouchers?
In search of website, blogs, etc that keep up with federal and state (specifically NC) policies that affect families with children with developmental and physical disabilities? [more inside]
My problems with ADHD have reached the point where my employer of two years wants me to fill out paperwork requesting "reasonable accommodations" through the Americans with Disabilities Act. What now? [more inside]
Can I play Fallout 3 despite my physical disabilities? [more inside]
Help me learn everything I need to know about visual processing (and improving it). [more inside]
My mother needs to find a new place to live. The house we currently live in will be set to go up for sale early next year. But repairs need to be made first, so my family would like us both to move ASAP. I’m looking at a move to Queens, but my mother has Multiple Sclerosis and has a limited income. All she has are her Social Security disability payments each month, which only come to about $600-700, and food stamps. I can’t afford to take her with me. [more inside]
Adult diagnosis of a learning disability and where to go from here [more inside]
Please help me with oganization of daily tasks at home and at work. [more inside]
Websites to research alternative programs for students who have been suspended or expelled, including students with disabilities. [more inside]
Does it sound like adult ADD? Resources? [more inside]
Can anyone help me get a copy of DragonDictate in German or French, or point me towards a discrete speech voice recognition program in either language that's currently on the market? [more inside]
What's it like to be a kid with ADHD? [more inside]
GamesFilter: Can this gamer with a physical disability play Elder Scrolls IV? [more inside]
Camp/gym games that can be played by youth with disabilities? (with bonus game already inside the box!) [more inside]
DVD Solutions for persons with limited dexterity? [more inside]
LitFilter: Please help me find books, preferably novels, in which the narrator has some sort of mental disability. [more inside]
On several occasions, I've noticed people with service dogs treating them in a manner that seemed surprisingly ... "dismissive," let's say. Why is that? [more inside]
Can I seek companionship outside my marriage and still respect myself in the morning? [more inside]
How hard is it for a mostly wheelchair bound person to get around Spain by train? Our party of 4 includes one wheelchair user (who can make short walks on prosthetic limbs if necessary) and three people with no mobility issues. We're trying to determine if we can travel by train among Madrid, Seville, Toledo, and Cordoba, or if we should rent a car. First-hand accounts would be particularly appreciated, and any other tips on accessibility issues in Spain are welcome as well. [more inside]
Interested in percentage of blind since birth persons who are homosexual. [mi] [more inside]
alternatives to/improvements on nursing home care in the NY/NJ/CT area for an elderly person with disabilities
I’m looking for alternatives to/improvements on nursing home care in the NY/NJ/CT area for an elderly person with disabilities. [+] [more inside]
Why do some DVDs offer both 'English' and 'English for the Hearing Impaired' options? Aren't they going to be the same?