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Developmental Disability Awareness Month – Celebrating Achievement

Throughout Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month we celebrate the achievements of people impacted by a developmental disability.  Katie Boland Early on in life Katie Boland, honored with the 2020 Darcus Nims Self-Advocate of the Year Award, learned that self-advocacy would help her live her best life. Katie was born with Williams Syndrome; a rare genetic condition…

Social Injustice Statement

It is Time for Action As we have all watched the news across the country over the past several weeks, the social injustice that continues to take place in our country can no longer be denied. It is wrong, it is heart breaking, it is frustrating, and it is terrifying.  For anyone in America to…

In honor of Jackie Robinson and Carl Erskine

Jackie and Jimmy – my two best buddies – live out a simple truth that we are all equal and that the dignity of the individual is paramount in a healthy world. – Carl Erskine Very powerful words from a smart, accomplished, kind, and generous man. We know him as Carl Erskine, friend of The…

An Open Thank You Letter to My Mom

“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”  Mitch Albom Dear Mom, With my recent job change in the field of disability, I have found myself pondering more intensely your journey as a mother to a son who happens to have a disability. Your…

Imagine – A Gift of Grace

Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine. The movie The Imitation Game shares the story of mathematician Alan Turing, who works to break the German’s enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. Turning is portrayed as an individual who may be on…

Walking for My Niece, Nephew and All Impacted by Autism

by Katie Batagianis Recently, while my husband and I were watching a basketball game on television, I noticed that one of the coaches was wearing a lapel pin in the shape of a puzzle piece, the nationally recognized symbol for Autism Spectrum Disorder.  I looked up the coach, Jason Kidd of the Brooklyn Nets, and…

Leaving The Institution for A Life In The Community

by Jeff Huffman As I walked the empty halls, I peered into the empty rooms, celebrating the new lives of the residents we moved, but silently grieving for those that lived and passed away in these walls over the years. As I started our consulting company little did I think that one of my first…

Now is the Time to Invest in Autism Diagnosis & Treatment

April 2 is World Autism Day, and April is Autism Awareness Month. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control released new information that 1 in 68 children in the US are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.  That is a 30% increase from 2 years ago, when the number was estimated at 1 in 88. Even…

Health Insurance Market Place and Options for Children with Special Needs

From The Arc Insurance Project Open enrollment for the www.HealthCare.gov health insurance plans ends March 31st. Does your health insurance plan cover enough services for your loved one with a developmental disability?  Especially if your loved one is a child in need of early intervention? Does your child have autism, but your employer’s health plan…