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 November 2010. For more sites, visit the index.
What It Is: The Twitter-based support group is doing a 24-hour chat today as a counterpoint to a proposed Communication Shutdown day for autism awareness. The chat will have different moderators every hour, including individuals with autism and parents of children with autism. The chat starts at 9 a.m. ET. Read more about this and other November 1 plans.
What It Is: "You are being invited to participate in a research study we are conducting for my graduate thesis project at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. The objectives of this study are as follows: To compare and contrast need of fathers of children with autism with the needs of fathers of children with Down syndrome; To identify needs that are not being met by healthcare providers; Identify how healthcare providers, specifically genetic counselors, can better meet fathers’ needs; To raise awareness for fathers needs among healthcare providers.
3. I'm Tyler
What It Is: "Tyler is a typical high school student who happens to have cerebral palsy and some other challenges. He has taken on a mission to educate the world about Ability Awareness. He believes that what a person, any person, CAN do is much more important than what he/she can't. The people in Tyler's life who have seen this and practiced Ability Awareness have made all the difference in the world to him."
What It Is: Megan Cooley, About.com's guide to Kids' Parties and Celebrations, hosts this month's carnival featuring blog posts on getting kids cooking.
What It Is: "My name is Jaylen Arnold, I am 10 years old and in the 4th grade. I am ready to change the world through my challenge! I want to STOP childhood bullying! I made this page to help put an end to kids that bully other kids...especially disabled ones."
What It Is: 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.
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.
What It Is: "Easter Seals Living with Disabilities Study, made possible by MassMutual Financial Group, provides insight into the lives of individuals with disabilities and the everyday challenges their families face. Using key findings from this study, Easter Seals hopes to advocate for the life-long services that families living with disabilities need, especially in areas such as employment, quality of life and financial planning."
9. Brave Kids
What It Is: "Bravekids.org helps children with disabilities, chronic, life threatening illnesses and special needs by providing thousands of resources & medical information on childhood conditions, plus message boards to connect children and parents to others sharing similar challenges."
10. Special Care
What It Is: A special-needs financial program from Mass Mutual. "Are you caring for a person with a disability or other special needs – a child, a spouse or a dependent parent? Take a look at our SpecialCareSM program to find helpful information, specialists, and financial products and services to assist you."