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posted on April 9, 2012 - 12:00pm
Spring is in the air, and you know what that means — it’s time to prepare for your child’s IEP or 504 plan meeting. Whether you’re just getting started or you’re an old pro, it’s always a good idea to get your game plan ready ahead of time. To help alleviate the stress that can go along with IEP meetings, here’s a roundup of some useful resources that can strengthen your IEP/504 plan toolkit and...

The Desktop Desk helped a California student with DMD finish school despite diminished hand and arm strength

posted on October 1, 2011 - 8:15am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 4
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...
posted on March 31, 2011 - 10:35am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
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...
posted on March 1, 2008 - 4:05pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 2
Below are some additional resources to help parents get the most they can out of the IEP process.
posted on March 1, 2006 - 9:37am
QUEST Vol. 13, No. 2
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...
posted on March 1, 2005 - 11:20am
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

posted on November 1, 1999 - 5:00pm
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.