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Being a parent is hard work. Raising a child with Special Needs is hard work. Caring for a disabled adult is a lifetime commitment. Life should not be lived alone and families, caregivers and individuals should never feel isolated or left to figure things out on their own. This page is designed to provide useful tips and advice pertaining to special needs and disabilities from various agencies and individuals in an effort to help you become the best you can be when it comes to being a parent, individual, caregiver, teacher or advocate. If you have a tip or some advice you would like to share with others that are on a similar journey please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to include the information on our website. Be sure to check back frequently as this information is expected to grow as new information rolls in. Scroll to the bottom of page for our State Directory of Special Needs & Disability Resources. 

Helpful Disability & Special needs Links:

Patricia Sarmiento shared the following information We hope you find it useful."Did you know that there are over 50 million adults in the United States who have a physical or mental disability? Many of these individuals were born with a disability, others have cognitive or physical limitations due to diseases like dementia or blindness, and nearly 4 million others are veterans whose impairment is the direct result of a service-related injury. I truly had no idea these numbers were so high! I wanted to find a way to show my support of these courageous individuals and those that care for them, so I decided to put together a list of resources on some of the many channels of assistance out there for these brave souls."
Keeping Your Home through Debilitating DiseaseNational Council on Independent Living
The Caregiver’s Guide to Helping Alzheimer’s Sufferers Grieve a Loss

The following guide aims to help make the federal grants available to seniors, veterans, and people with cognitive and physical disabilities much easier to understand and take advantage of, particularly for remodeling homes for accessibility. 

Guide to Home Remodeling for Disability

Disabled Renters’ Housing Rights 

The Ultimate Guide to Home Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities 

Disability Rights in Housing 

Grants for Home Modification: 16 Resources for Homeowners with Disabilities 

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs

Fire Safety and Disabilities Guide 

Learn About the Different Types of Service Dogs 

How to Cope with Sudden Illness or Disability 

Depression and Disability: A Practical Guide 

The 45 Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse 

How to Stay Physically Active: Aging Well with a Physical Disability 

Top Tips for Getting Fit if You’re Disabled

I recently learned that ADHD has a much bigger impact on our society than I ever realized. I’m not surprised that over 6 % of children are currently being treated for the cognitive disorder, because many of my friends have children with ADHD. But I had no idea that there are about 5 % of adults living with this condition as well! While ADHD often presents challenges to those living with the disorder in many facets of life, there are more resources than ever that present valuable insight and information on the condition. That’s why my team and I decided to put together a list that covers a range of topics on which people often have questions. 

Patricia Sarmiento 

This article from the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers helpful advice on how to manage your ADHD in your romantic relationship.

Treatment Options for ADHD in Children and Teens

Parents whose children are struggling with the disorder will find this printable guide to be rich with information on many of the treatment options available to your loved one.

Creating the Optimal Living Environment for a Child with ADHD

This guide contains valuable information on creating a soothing home atmosphere, a key factor in fostering the focus and wellbeing of your ADHD child.

Coping with Adult ADHD

There are many techniques you can implement into your daily routine to better manage your most troublesome symptoms.

ADHD in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights and Tips for Success

This article not only informs you of your legal rights regarding your ADHD at work, but also gives pointers on strategies to try at home and work that can help make your career aspirations a reality.

Tips for Returning to School:

  • Discuss the daily routine with everyone involved
  • Take a tour of the school/program
  • Meet the teacher prior to the first day
  • Visit the classroom and show your child where he/she will be seated
  • Discuss transportation routine with your child
  • Plan a road trip to the school and explain how and when the child will arrive at school and home
  • Provide key information about likes and dislike to the teacher
  • Plan a follow up visit within a week to ensure appropriate changes have been met
  • Most importantly ask questions and hold those responsible for the development and well being of your child accountable for a successful school year

Basic First Aid for Seizures - Most people only need basic first aid during a seizure.
Remain calm.
Ease the person to the floor and turn them gently to one side.
Stay with the person until the seizure is over.
Keep others away from the person. Give them some room
Make sure the person is breathing - taking breaths in and out
Time the seizure. How long did it last?
Describe the seizure. Is the person shaking, staring blankly, and/or taking breaths?
Move furniture, breakable, and/or sharp objects away from the person.
Never restrain or “hold” a person down during a seizure.
Do not put anything in their mouth
Do not have them “bite” down on an object
Do not try to give water, food or medications during a seizure
Know when to call 911
Call 911 if:
The person has never had a seizure before.
Has difficulty breathing or fully awakening after a seizure.
The person has another seizure soon after the first one.
The person gets hurt during the seizure.
The seizure happens in water.
The person is pregnant, or has a health condition like diabetes or heart disease.
The seizure last longer than five (5) minutes or as ordered by the doctor.
Additional information can be found by visiting The Epilepsy Foundation
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