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08 Aug
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5 Tips for Parents with Children with a Disability

5 Tips on How to Prepare for Parenthood When You Have a Disability
by Ashley Taylor

Parenthood is a huge milestone that is both nerve-wracking and exciting. It’s made even harder when you’re suffering from a disability. There’s a lot on your plate that you have to get done before you bring your baby home from the hospital to make sure you and your baby are safe in your house. Here are some tips you can follow that will make the first few months of parenting a little easier for you.

Replace steps with a ramp

If you’re reliant on a wheelchair to get around, you should replace any steps in your home with ramps before you bring your baby home from the hospital. Ramps will help you reduce stress on your body, and you can use all the extra energy you’ll save spending time with your new baby. Ramps come in a variety of styles (like modular, lightweight, folding or rentals), and it depends on your level of mobility and your lifestyle.

Purchase expandable hinges for doorways

 One of the issues you might run into by being bound to a wheelchair is not being able to fit through doorways. Expandable hinges that you can install in the doorways in your home can make your life easier when you’re raising your child with a disability. These hinges provide an extra two inches of space in a doorway, which gives you more space to fit through the doorway in your wheelchair. With expandable hinges, you can move throughout your home without worrying about not being able to fit through your doorways easily.

 Install skid-resistant flooring

 Slipping on floors can be common when you’re giving your newborn baby baths. Your baby is going to splash around and It’s easy to get water on the floor. Prevent any slips or falls by installing slip-resistant flooring in your bathroom. This type of flooring will avoid any hazardous situations. Slip-resistant flooring comes in both rubber and vinyl options. Vinyl flooring is cost-effective, durable and can be bought in a variety of designs. Rubber flooring is easiest if you’re bound to a wheelchair and it’s low-maintenance and hypoallergenic.

Clean and meal prep

When you have a baby, household chores can fall by the wayside such as cooking and cleaning. It’s best to clean your home before you bring your baby home. This includes clearing your home of any clutter, vacuuming carpets, washing dishes and doing laundry. Preparing meals ahead of time and freezing them will help you create easy dinners when you’re too busy to cook. You’re going to be stressed trying to take care of your little one and meal prepping will provide you a little peace of mind.

Babyproof your house

You’ll want to babyproof your home before your baby is born. Even though your newborn won’t be able to crawl or walk for months, it will make you feel a little better knowing your home is safe for your little one. It’s easiest to begin in your kitchen by adding safety latches to your cabinets, and drawers. Next, move onto your bathrooms. In your bathrooms, put soft covers around the faucets in your bathtubs, so that when you’re giving your baby a bath, they don’t accidentally bang their head on the faucet.

Finally, take a walk through your home and look for any electrical cords that you can put away. Bolt all TV units to the wall, TV stands or armoires to prevent any accidents.

This is an exciting time in your life. Enjoy every moment of becoming a parent. Knowing that you have taken safety precautions beforehand will allow you to focus on your little bundle of joy.

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12 Oct
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How American Schools are Failing Kids

How American schools fail kids with dyslexia

There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn to read, and a federal law that’s supposed to ensure schools provide kids with help. But across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place.

Schools and Dyslexia

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12 Oct
0

Hilliard Families want Services

Some Hilliard families say their school district hasn’t been doing enough to identify and help children who struggle with reading disabilities, as federal law requires. Read more of the Columbus Dispatch Story on Dyslexia.

Hilliard families want schools to do more to help dyslexic kids.

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01 Oct
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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

It’s Dyslexia Awareness Month. Will you help us spread the word? Wondering what else you can do to support children and adults with dyslexia? More on what you can do.

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27 Mar
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Talking About Dyslexia

Speaking with One Voice: A Guide to Talking About Dyslexia

When we speak with a clear and consistent voice about the difficulties facing those with dyslexia, our message is far more likely to be heard and understood by education leaders, policymakers and others in a position to bring about change. Whether you are a parent advocating for your child, a teacher seeking more support for dyslexic students, an advocate working to change policy (or all three!), YCDC’s Guide to Talking About Dyslexia will help you dispel misconceptions and ensure all dyslexic children and adults have the support they need to succeed.

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27 Mar
0

Dyslexia and Medical School

How Should Medical Schools Respond to Students with Dyslexia?

Ignorance and misperception of dyslexia can result in bias against medical students with dyslexia. This article recommends a mandatory course for faculty that provides a basic scientific and clinical overview of dyslexia to facilitate greater understanding and support for students with dyslexia. Read the full article here.

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27 Mar
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Morningside Elementary

Case Study:

Morningside Elementary: An Innovative Reading Program Helps Dyslexic Students and Earns School Blue Ribbon Recognition

Peek into a first grade classroom at Morningside Elementary School in Atlanta and there’s a good chance you’ll see students tapping out the sounds that comprise a word with their fingers or tossing bean bags in the air as they work to learn new words. In another classroom a group of third graders is decoding nonsense words while others sit in small groups engrossed in a discussion about a book they’re reading. This is what reading instruction looks like at Morningside.

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02 Feb
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NPR Series: The Learning Disability

Dyslexia: The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named

December 3, 2016 •
Many parents and teachers report that schools won’t use the word dyslexia. Why might this be? And what is the Department of Education doing about it?

Listen to the story.

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02 Feb
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NPR Series: Rewiring the Dyslexic Brain

How Science Is Rewiring The Dyslexic Brain

November 29, 2016 •
Scientists are exploring how human brains learn to read — and discovering new ways that brains with dyslexia can learn to cope.

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02 Feb
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NPR Series: Raising a Child with Dyslexia

Raising A Child with Dyslexia: 3 Things Parents Can Do

November 29, 2016 •

Dyslexia is a reading problem, but its influence can be felt far beyond the classroom. It often disrupts home life, making dinnertime and bedtime a struggle.

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