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Seeking a Job as a Developmentally Disabled Grown-Up

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

One of the most difficult things to find for an older developmentally disabled person is a job. People living with a label are often rejected and can't find a job at all, or they are ridiculed so much in a job they already have that they end up quitting. This can plunge them into poverty, shame and depression.

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Topics: Career Advice, Behavioral Health

Mental Health - Too Poor For Treatment?

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

With mental illness, in the best circumstances, waking up in the morning can be a struggle when you suffer from any kind of mental distress. Whether it is PTSD, Bipolar or depression, sometimes putting on your shoes seems daunting and tedious. Having to awaken and shower and dress and go to work can seem impossibly difficult. As if wading through mud, you would make your way to your car, flop into the driver's seat and go to work, only to return in the evening, sludge through dinner and then repeat.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Friendship and Hope: Two Things Developmentally Disabled Share

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When it comes to people who are developmentally disabled, people often make assumptions about what the people can and cannot do. Unfortunately, many of these assumptions are incorrect.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

The Effect of Natural Disasters on Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Maintaining mental health is as important as taking care of our physical bodies but when natural disasters strike these types of healthcare options fade into the background as victims struggle to keep their bodies from damage.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Allied Health and Other Treatments for Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

According to information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website, 1 in 68 children in the United States identifies as having some form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is right in line with the average in Asia, Europe, and other North American nations, where roughly 1 to 2 percent of individuals have ASD. These numbers appear to be increasing in recent years. Whether you are a parent of a child with autism or you work with children with autism, it is important to understand some treatment options within the Allied Health field.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare

Police Need Better Training on Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

“It made me feel sad.” That’s what Connor Leible, a 14-year-old boy with autism said about a confrontation with a police officer who mistook his mannerisms for signs of drug use. What Connor was doing was a form of self-stimulation called “stimming.” It’s a practice that many autistic individuals do to calm themselves.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Telemedicine: A Lifeline for Behavioral Health Following Harvey & irma

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

September was a devastating month for people across Texas and Florida following two historic hurricanes. We've seen the damage played across our television screens: lives lost, homes and jobs lost, families huddled together in shelters, thankful to be alive, but wondering what their next steps should be. After the physical danger of a natural disaster has passed, and after the news cameras have gone away, the people of the community still have a long road to structural, physical, economic, and emotional recovery.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Autism in the Workplace: Taking Advantage of a So-Called Disability

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, roughly one out of every 68th child born is said to fall somewhere along the autism spectrum. Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is the name for a group of developmental disorders that include a wide range, or spectrum, or symptoms, levels of disability, and skills. Let's key in to that last word there: Skills. Roughly 80 percent of adults currently diagnosed with ASD are either unemployed or underemployed.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

New App Connects Developmentally Disabled with Similar Friends

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Lasting friendships are an important part of life, but making friends can be difficult for many people. Unfortunately, it can be even harder for people who are developmentally disabled, especially those who struggle to form meaningful connections with their peers. One California man may have a solution.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Four Challenges Some Special Education Students Face

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 18, 2017 10:53:06 AM

For many parents who have children in special education classrooms, their child's learning is a balancing act. While they want their child to get the support the child needs to succeed, they also want their child to be challenged. Recently, a mother of such a child shared some of the challenges she faces when it comes to her son's education.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

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