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Site of the Day: October 2009

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Looking for somewhere good to surf? Stop by this Site of the Day listing for a daily destination of interest to parents of children with special needs. Listed here are the sites or pages featured each day in October 2009. For more sites, visit the index.

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1. AAC Awareness Month

What It Is: "AAC means Augmentative and Alternative Communication, the many ways to help people with little or no speech - like electronic talking aids, computers, books and boards with pictures, words or letters, and sign language." October is International AAC Awareness Month, and this year's theme is "AAC and Communication." Read more

2. 31 for 21

What It Is: A month-long blog carnival in honor of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Read more

3. Fun Things to Do

Your super-sized listing of Five Fun Things to Do Today -- including a family activity, a site for the kids, a shopping site, a site offering humor or inspiration about parenting children with special needs, and a site that's just silly or fun. Read more

4. Weekly Round-Up

Here's your weekend round-up of all the articles, blog posts, and site updates you may have missed from the past week in About Parenting Special Needs. Read more

5. In the Picture

What It Is: The "In The Picture campaign is about encouraging publishers, illustrators and writers to embrace diversity -- so that disabled children, who have been virtually invisible until recently, are included alongside others in illustrations and story lines in books for young readers." ... Read more

6. Yes I Can! Awards

What It Is: "The Yes I Can! Awards were established to honor children and youth with disabilities who have excelled. More than 30,000 children and youth have been recognized since the program's inception in 1982. Each year, CEC selects approximately 27 winners for their outstanding achievements in one of nine categories: Academics, Arts, Athletics, Community Service, Employment, Extracurricular Activities, Independent Living Skills, Self-Advocacy, Technology." ... Read more

7. The Specials

What It Is: An online series about five young adult housemates with special needs -- four with Down syndrome, one with Williams syndrome. ... Read more

8. Project Linus

What It Is: Named for the blanket-toting Peanuts character, "Project Linus is a non-profit organization with a two-fold mission: First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer 'blanketeers.' Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children." ... Read more

9. Fashion Moves!

What It Is: "Fashion Moves is dedicated to creating more quality clothing choices for people with disabilities or other health concerns. The Fashion Moves Garment Design Competition is the main component of the Fashion Moves Project. Open to College and University Fashion and Textile Design Students around the World. Winners will be announced at the Awards Celebration will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia in March 2010, following the Winter Paralympics which are being held in Vancouver/Whistler." ... Read more

10. Fun Things to Do

Your super-sized listing of Five Fun Things to Do Today -- including a family activity, a site for the kids, a shopping site, a site offering humor or inspiration about parenting children with special needs, and a site that's just silly or fun. Read more

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