Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I am the 'I' in IEP

"I am the 'I' in IEP."

The IEP season is rapidly approaching. We always review related terms, map out our requests, research education and disability periodicals, review expert opinions, inquire with families with age-school kids, and reREAD all of the IEPs our son has received--- since he was 3. He is now 6 years old. Yippie!
@educationweek (via @OnSpecEd ; posted a new study on Parents and the IEP process. The 'Journal of Disability Policy Studies' published this education study entitled, 'A National Picture of Parent and Youth Participation in IEP and Transition Planning Meetings'. This study reveals that Parents and Students with disabilities aren't as involved in the IEP process as they should be. According to this study, the degree of IEP participation depends on the Parents and Student with a disability. Noted factors were: type of disability, family income, racial background and ethnicity.

The Journal of Disability Policy Studies published this vital study online before print January 18, 2012, doi:10.1177/1044207311425384 . SAGE Publications provides the Abstract and a full text (pdf) version. Click this link to compare your IEP Process views and experiences with this study:
@educationweek - .

In light of this Education Week article, let's get an early start on reviewing, mapping, researching, inquiring and reReading the Individualized Education Program(IEP) purpose, policies, principles, guide,process and participants.

Parents, Family Representatives, Caregivers, Custodians, Education Advocates, Teachers, Principals, IEP Facilitators, Therapists, and anyone else who is involved in the Individualized Education Program SHOULD WORK AS A TEAM TO PROVIDE THE BEST OUTCOME FOR EACH STUDENT WITH A DISABILITY.
In America, all children are to receive an education because this is the law.  No Child is to be Left Behind because of any type of disability: learning, mental, physical, developmental, visual, auditory, etc...
Know your RIGHTS and your child's rights.

We view the IEP as a foundation for our son's education.
Education impacts every aspects of a person's life-- from childhood through adulthood.
An educated child often matures into a productive adult.

Parents, we must be involved, informed and trained in order to best represent our child during the IEP Process.  Make the time to learn the laws governing schools that educate children with disabilities and special needs.  Get help.  Invite an education advocate or family or friend to help you through the process.  Our children are depending on us---every school day, including during the IEP Meetings. 

Be encouraged.  Stay hopeful.  Be informed.  Advocate.

Thank you to the SRI International researchers: Dr. Mary Wagner, Dr. Lynn Newman, Dr. Renee Cameto, Dr. Harold Javitz, Dathryn Valdes, as well as, The Journal of Disability Policy Studies(A Journal of the Hammill Institute); and Sage Journals online publications and Education Week for sharing this relevant research.

Please share with other Parents, Students with disabilities, Educators, Legislators, Elementary and Secondary Education Administrators, Policymakers, Education Governance, Academic Activists and other key stakeholders.

Listed below are 'Related Articles' and 'References & Resources' with helpful information about IEPs, Special Education and disability rights.  Many of the articles, blogs and features are written by or about Parents just like you and me.

"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."

References & Resources
Sage Journals - ;
Disability Law -
Special Education Law Blog -
American Association of People with Disabilities -
LaDisability Talk - Yahoo Group
Families Helping Families
National Parent Training and Information Centers
Administration on Developmental Disabilities


Advocacy Center


'Enjoyable School Year' -
"All Children can Learn."

"disAbilityVOICE - Disability Rights Advocate"
'People with disabilities are Value-ABLE.'

'Enjoying The Hi-5s of Autism - A Family Experience'
'uniquely different'

"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be Enjoyable."
Google+ (Brenda Lee Cosse')
NetworkedBlogs (Kbj Cosse')
MyIdol Community - American Idol
Autism Speaks PuzzleBuilder (Kbj Cosse' Family -

SAGE Journals -
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Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide

Irish TV video about a university Student who shares about being an Adult with Asperger's Syndrome -
via Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide by Craig Kendall

"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be Enjoyable."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Touch on FOX - Official Site

GetGlue StickersImage by Outsanity Photos via FlickrTOUCH
Kiefer Sutherland
David Mazouz
Creator/Writer - Tim Kring (Heroes, Crossing Jordan)
Executive Producers - Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope(New Girl, Terra Nova)
Watch preview episode that aired on 25 January 2012!
FOX Broadcasting Company - Touch on FOX - Official Site

Remember to Check-In to TOUCH at and get your TOUCH sticker!

"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."

'uniquely different'



EnjoyHi5Autism YouTube Channel

Enjoying the Hi-5s of Autism

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Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Autism spectrumImage via WikipediaOnline Publication Newsletters for #BACB certificants
Behavior Analyst Certification Board
January 2012 and archived issues

"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."

'uniquely different'


EnjoyHi5Autism YouTube Channel

"disAbilityVOICE - Disability Rights Advocate"

'Enjoyable School Year :-)
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sharing an apartment/house with other people. Thoughts, Experiences and Advice?

AsdImage via WikipediaSharing an apartment/house with other people. Thoughts, Experiences and Advice?
Join ASPIES Central's Asperger's Syndrome and Autism Forums to share in this discussion.
This Independence and  Self-Determination thread is located within the Friendships and Social Skills forum.

"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

White House Disability Group - Federal Internship and Employment Opportunities

White House Disability Group
Friday, January 13, 2012
Good afternoon--
The White House Office of Public Engagement invites you to a nationwide conference call on federal internships and employment opportunities for young Americans with disabilities on Tuesday, January 17th at 3 p.m. EST. Program representatives will explain how to apply for these unique opportunities, when application materials are due, and useful tips on putting together a competitive application package.

What: Conference Call on Federal Internship and Employment Opportunities for
Young People with Disabilities

Speakers from:
  • The White House Internship Program
  • The Presidential Personnel Office
  • The Department of Labor’s Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities
When: Tuesday, January 17th
Time: 3 p.m. EST
How: Please click HERE to receive an email with dial-in information for this call.

Note: this call is off the record and not intended for press purposes.
Contact the White House.
The White House • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW • Washington, DC 20500 • 202-456-1111

"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."