Going Back to School: Setting Your Autistic Child Up for Success

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As summer winds down, preparing for back-to-school can feel like an overwhelming task. Your child may be preparing for a new classroom, teacher, schedule, or even an entirely new school. You may be wondering how you can support your child during this transition to set them up for success. Below are a few tips to… Read more Going Back to School: Setting Your Autistic Child Up for Success

Engaging Families: Bridging Schools and Families of Children Involved in Special Education

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Family Engagement in Special Education is a collaborative project of The Arc Tennessee and the Tennessee Department of Education. Our goal is to empower parents and caregivers and increase family engagement in Special Education to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. Our team consists of individuals with backgrounds in education who are also parents or… Read more Engaging Families: Bridging Schools and Families of Children Involved in Special Education

The Future is Now! Assistive Technology and Today’s Classroom

Do you recall watching Back to the Future, STAR Wars, or any of the futuristic movies as a kid and thinking, “Those gadgets are so cool!” When our clients walk into our Assistive Technology (AT) Lab at The STAR Center Inc., in Jackson, Tennessee, we hear those same words! AT allows students with disabilities to… Read more The Future is Now! Assistive Technology and Today’s Classroom

In Their Own Words – Perspectives in View: Back to School, Tug of War

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An emotional time. One of the most exciting things you will experience as a parent of a child with special needs is them going back to school. You are excited for all of the things they will learn.  Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, etc. For some you are excited to see them getting therapies that your child… Read more In Their Own Words – Perspectives in View: Back to School, Tug of War

Resource Corner – Tools for School

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Tennessee Disability Pathfinder offers a growing library of disability and sexuality resources available at TNPathfinder.org. A research team at Vanderbilt University is looking for families of Black youth ages 14-24 with an autism diagnosis to participate in research that will be used to help improve supports, services, and policy decisions for Black youth and their… Read more Resource Corner – Tools for School

A New Frontier: Healthcare access for a doubly marginalized minority

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“I’d like to connect you with an advocate who can help you enroll in home and community-based services,” we told the young person in need. This call seemed like many of our calls – someone with developmental disabilities needed help to find a place to live and basic supports. This caller had just left their… Read more A New Frontier: Healthcare access for a doubly marginalized minority