Loud and Clear: A Special Needs Conversation

VA Benefits: A Broken Bureaucracy

By Pi-Yi Mayo, CELA It’s been said that navigating the Social Security and Medicaid systems is a “sprint,” while applying for Veterans Administration (VA) benefits is a “marathon.” The relevant law is far more complex and the process is riddled with challenges. In 2009, the VA set itself the goal of the resolving all claims—with […]

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Posted: August 30th, 2012 | No Comments »

Divorce and Children with Special Needs

By Lili A. Vasileff There are few challenges more difficult than going through divorce and having a child with special needs. As a divorced, single parent of a beautiful daughter with special needs, I can tell you that you realize immediately that the burden of future planning, well-being and protection fall squarely on your shoulders […]

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Posted: August 17th, 2012 | 77 Comments »

What Makes Autism so Uniquely Stressful?

By Michelle DePolo, Psy.D., Pediatric Psychologist, KidsLink Neurobehavioral Center It has been well established that parents of children with autism experience greater stress than parents of children with other developmental disabilities. Whether it is trying to determine what your child is attempting to communicate, managing self-injurious behaviors, or creating a daily structure and routine that […]

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Posted: August 2nd, 2012 | No Comments »