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Social Workers are Hard-Wired to Care

Posted by Brian Spence on May 13, 2019 8:00:00 AM

People who go into social work are by nature caring and compassionate. They have a sense of commitment to the groups and individuals in our society who don't have much of a voice, among them the poor, and especially children. Their caseloads are bloated, their hours are long and the rewards are few. But they do their jobs faithfully, knowing that they can't fix everything and accepting that there will be a degree of frustration that accompanies their profession.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Teens with Autism Defy Statistics and Pursue Career Dreams

Posted by Brian Spence on May 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Unemployment rates for young people on the autism spectrum are shockingly high. A 2015 study by the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute found that two-thirds of autistic youth were neither employed nor pursuing post-secondary education in the first two years after high school. With a 42 percent unemployment rate, autistic adults in their mid-twenties fared little better.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Extraordinary Kids With Down Syndrome Rock Out to Queen

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 15, 2019 8:00:00 AM

There was a time when people pitied parents who gave birth to a child with Downs Syndrome. But perceptions have changed over the years and now folks understand that these kids are just like any other child.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Autism's Super Hero - Attorney Haley Moss

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Hayley Moss didn't talk until she was four years old. Diagnosed with Autism at three, Moss's parents never let that lower expectations for their special daughter. They encouraged Hayley in every way and she is the first one to tell you she had a happy childhood. Being on the Autism Spectrum was never something that held her back. The encouragement of her family gave her the confidence to excel and succeed in everything she did. "I was the cool kid", she says, because she concentrated on her strengths and not her weaknesses. She credits the confidence her parents instilled in her for the triumphs that led her to be an author, an artist, and now one of the first licensed attorneys in Florida on the Autism Spectrum.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Providing Hope for Low-Income Children with Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Of course there are always going to be additional challenges for family members, as well as their healthcare providers, when one or more of their children are diagnosed with autism. For families who also have to face challenges from a low-income situation though, the difficulties surrounding obtaining a proper diagnosis, as well as effective treatment for their child make it all that more challenging. Fortunately, the healthcare world is starting to wake up and take note of the specific obstacles facing low-income communities. Positive changes that can offer struggling families help and hope are becoming available.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Sea World Becomes Certified Autism Center

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM

For people with autism and sensory processing disorder, visiting theme parks and other travel destinations can be overwhelming. The unfamiliar environment, sights, sounds, and smells of a busy location can be difficult to manage. That's why some destinations are committing to meeting several standards that make accessing their services easier for people with autism.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Eleven Million Reasons to Say Thank You to a Social Worker

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Few would question the motives of social workers and those in the "helping" professions. No one leaves college and heads for a job in social services with the notion of fame, fortune and a life of luxury. It takes a certain type of dedicated spirit to choose a career in social work. One such dedicated soul was a man named Alan Naiman, who worked for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. He left a career in banking and spent the last twenty years of his life helping people who couldn't help themselves.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Terminally Ill With Down Syndrome - Shannie Gets Her Wish

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

A bucket list is something people in retirement often speak of; there are places to visit, landmarks to photograph, hang-gliding, hiking or even finishing degrees or reenacting their wedding. There are things to do before you die. But 17 year old Shaltell "Shannie" Pooser has a list of things she wants to accomplish; and she's calling it her bucket list, because Shannie is terminally ill.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

A Better Education for My Autistic Child

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Never stand in the way of a momma bear and her cub. Officials in Henrico County, Virginia learned this lesson when they refused to provide a "free and appropriate" education for Gregory "Junior" Matthews, who at fifteen is non-verbal and on the Autism Spectrum. After a special education specialist determined that Junior qualified for attendance at The Faison School in Richmond, he was enrolled there.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Paraprofessionals Face Dangers Related to Special Education Work

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Jamie Moffitt always dreamed she'd work with children as an educator. The Tooele County resident was excited when a substitute teaching position opened up at Rose Springs Elementary in Erda, Utah.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

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