Here's my weekly gathering of products, events, and stories of interest that have landed in my e-mail queue or otherwise caught my attention this week:
+ The Council for Exceptional Children is holding its Yes I Can! Awards again. You have until October 19 to nominate a child or young person, ages 2 to 21, for outstanding achievements in academics, arts, athletics, school and community activities, self-advocacy, technology, or transition. Twenty-one winners will be chosen, and the process starts here.
+ Voting is now underway for the CFCareForward Scholarship's 2012 Thriving Undergraduate Student and Thriving Graduation Student. According to the scholarship site, "The CFCareForward Scholarship was created to honor young adults with cystic fibrosis as they pursue goals of higher education." Forty recipients have been named for 2012, and your votes will get two of them an extra boost. Just reading about these inspiring young people will give you a boost, too.
+ A press release that passed through my inbox celebrated the FDA approval of the Auvi-Q, an epinephrine injector that talks users through the process, something that might come in handy if you're panicking in the face of an allergy attack or a not-too-well-trained person at your child's school is.
+ If you're raising your family in the Catholic faith, you may have wondered how to discuss the Sacrament of Reconciliation with your child with autism or other special needs, or how he or she could ever fully prepare for that milestone. Loyola Press has a new Adaptive Reconciliation Kit that may be of help. It joins an Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit in the publisher's special-needs faith formation section.
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