Loud and Clear: A Special Needs Conversation

The Search for Community-Based Jobs

By James M. McCarten Students with disabilities, just like every other young person, want a fulfilling career. A job is the foundation of independence, a gateway to community life and a means of self-expression. Parents can and do play an important role in this quest, encouraging loved ones to explore their interests, then advocating for […]

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Posted: July 19th, 2012 | No Comments »

The Katie Beckett Difference

By Robert B. Fleming, CELA Katie Beckett, who died recently at the age of 34, directly changed the lives of more than half a million children with disabilities. She inspired millions of children, their parents and the entire disability community. Due to encephalitis, she spent her earliest years in a hospital. In 1981, though doctors […]

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Posted: July 5th, 2012 | No Comments »