The Desktop Desk helped a California student with DMD finish school despite diminished hand and arm strength
David Davison is a friendly, outgoing young man who loved attending school. But last year, as David’s Duchenne muscular dystrophy progressed, his arm and hand strength decreased to the point where he could no longer participate in many classroom activities.
Then one day, David’s special education class at Placer High School in Auburn, Calif., received a gift from a local service club: a new...
Looking for help as you prepare to meet with your child’s school about individual education plans (IEPs) or 504 Plans, both of which provide accommodations for students with disabilities? Well, you've come to the right place. The following list of IEP and 504 plan resources will help you get started and moving in the right direction.
If you can't print this list, contact your local MDA office to...
Below are some additional resources to help parents get the most they can out of the IEP process.
Parents heading into their children’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings at school this spring should keep in mind a few changes made in 2004 to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
IDEA is the federal law guaranteeing children with disabilities access to a public education. IDEA 2004 has added emphasis on preparing children for life after school, having high expectations...
Miranda Jackson’s first signs of muscle weakness came in first grade. A bright youngster with an engaging smile, she struggled not only with lack of coordination from myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD), but also with pain from a form of juvenile arthritis and depression from bipolar disorder.
Skills for school and play
ln vol. 6, no. 5, we described occupational therapy for adults ("Skills for the Job of Living"). This story looks at OT for children, whose "jobs" are different and whose developing brains need special attention.
I think we were in a big denial," says Faith Varcadipane of Satellite Beach, Fla., when she talks about the first year of her son's life.