Posted in PEP News on March 20, 2013 by Nevada PEP
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Cozy Webinars for the Fall - Presented by Nevada PEP Stay warm this Winter and get the information you need from the comfort of your home. Click the links below to get a description and register for the upcoming webinars.
Civil Rights Agreement Reached with South Carolina Technical College System on Accessibility of Websites to People with Disabilities The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS), the state's largest higher education system, that will ensure that the websites of SCTCS and its 16-member colleges are accessible to persons with disabilities.
APP - A great app for children ages 4 through 8, Aesop's Wheel of Fables teaches the moral lessons of 20 fables through the quick spin of a wheel. If grandparents live out of town, they can pre-record the fables in their voice on the child's device for listening at a later date. Learn More . . .
5 MAJOR MENTAL ILLNESSES SHARE THE SAME GENES An NIMH-funded study published online in Lancet reveals that the five most common disorders—autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disease, schizophrenia, and major depression—all share similar genetic components. Science Update . . .
SAMHSA’S INFORMATION RESOURCE CENTER PROVIDES INFORMATION ON HOW THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BENEFITS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Financing Reform and Innovations has developed a new Information Resource Center to provide people in the behavioral health care field important information about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can improve access to behavioral healthcare services. The Information Resource Center can answer many of the specific questions about how the ACA will affect various aspects of the behavioral health care community, as well as provide updates on the status of the ACA’s implementation. Press Release . . .
NEW ON THE NIMH WEBSITE DIRECTOR’S BLOG: THE FOUR KINGDOMS OF AUTISM NIMH Director Thomas Insel describes how different perspectives separate the communities interested in autism, and suggests the common ground that would provide an avenue to move forward. SEE HERE . . .
TIPS FOR TALKING WITH AND HELPING CHILDREN AND YOUTH COPE AFTER A DISASTER OR TRAUMATIC EVENT: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS, CAREGIVERS, AND TEACHERS (SPANISH VERSION) This brochure, now available in Spanish, helps parents and teachers recognize common reactions children of different age groups experience after a disaster or traumatic event. It offers tips for how to respond in a helpful way and when to seek support. SEE HERE . . .
OJJDP LAUNCHES PUBLICATION SERIES ON MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS AND OUTCOMES OF YOUTH IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM Beyond Detention, a new Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention publication series, details the findings of the Northwestern Juvenile Project (NJP), the first large-scale, longitudinal study of drug, alcohol, and psychiatric disorders in a diverse sample of juvenile detainees. The first bulletin provides an overview of the project. Topics covered in future Beyond Detention series bulletins will include suicidal thoughts and behaviors among juvenile detainees, posttraumatic stress disorder and trauma within this population, functional impairment after detention, and barriers to mental health services. CLICK HERE . . .
Can Exercise Improve IQ In People With Down Syndrome? IUsing a method called “assisted cycle therapy,” researchers at Arizona State University say they’re seeing improvement in those with Down syndrome. The approach involves rigorous exercise sessions on a specialized stationary bicycle, with a coach encouraging and monitoring the individual with Down syndrome throughout.
Disability, Literacy Groups Unite On Common Reading Goal The push to have all children reading on grade level by third grade must include students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, say two advocacy groups who have bonded over this common goal.
Problematic School Absenteeism and Selective Mutism
Christopher A. Kearney
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Problematic school absenteeism includes school-aged youths who display complete absences from school, skipped classes, tardiness, morning misbehaviors in an attempt to miss school, and/or substantial distress at school that precipitates pleas for future nonattendance. A recent national study revealed that the rate of chronic absenteeism (i.e., missing 10+% of the school year) among American youth may be 10-15%. Chronic absenteeism is higher among low-income students and school dropout rates are highest among Hispanics.
Some youth are referred to treatment specifically because of absentee problems but such problems can also be an integral part of broader anxiety, mood, or disruptive behavior disorders. Key concomitants of problematic school absenteeism include substance abuse, violence, suicide attempt, risky sexual behavior, pregnancy, delinquency-related behaviors, injury, illness, and school dropout. Longitudinal studies reveal severe consequences of problematic school absenteeism into adulthood, including economic deprivation and psychiatric, social, marital, and occupational problems.
Treatments for problematic absenteeism involve Tier 1 (preventative), Tier 2 (early intervention), and Tier 3 (complex intervention) approaches. Tier 1 interventions involve school-wide efforts to maintain attendance as well as regular monitoring to identify students with emerging attendance problems. Tier 1 interventions are broad-based in nature and include strategies to improve school climate and safety as well as student health and social-emotional development. Tier 2 interventions include (1) cognitive-behavioral procedures to address anxiety- and non-anxiety-based cases of absenteeism, and (2) those implemented more systemically to boost student engagement and to provide peer and teacher mentoring. Tier 3 interventions include expanded Tier 2 interventions, alternative educational programs, and legal strategies.
Selective mutism is a persistent and debilitating condition in which a child fails to speak in public situations where speaking is expected. Selective mutism affects 0.2-2.0% of children, with girls slightly more affected than boys. The disorder commonly begins during preschool years but treatment is often delayed by parents or others who believe the problem is temporary. Selective mutism may have a chronic course for some children and can produce significant problems with respect to peer rejection, incomplete verbal academic tasks or standardized tests, or inadequate language or social skills.
A primary goal of treatment for selective mutism is to increase the audibility and frequency of speech, especially in public situations such as school. The most common and empirically supported treatment components for selective mutism are behavioral in nature. These components include exposure-based practices that are integrated with stimulus fading, self-modeling, and shaping and prompting. Supplementary procedures include negative reinforcement/escape, social skills and language training, family therapy, and anxiety management techniques. Parent-based contingency management procedures are also important to facilitate a child’s more audible and frequent speech and reduce nonverbal compensatory behaviors. These treatment components are typically used in conjunction with one another in various settings and with various people such as parents, school officials, and peers.
Posted in PEP News on February 10, 2013 by Nevada PEP
Friday, January 25, 2013
Recent Disability Updates
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Recent disability announcements include the acknowledgement of Americans with disabilities in the President's inaugural address, the introduction of audio descriptions for public tours, the release of new guidance from the Department of Education on the obligation of schools to provide opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in extracurricular athletics, and that announcement of a new strategic plan regarding Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
In addition, the Department of Justice has charged five individuals with 196 indictments, including the violation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, for targeting individuals with disabilities in a Social Security fraud scheme. The Justice Department also recently filed comprehensive agreement resolving litigation concerning conditions of care at the former Arlington Developmental Center. Lastly, the Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced that Bloomington, Minnesota-based U.S. Bank National Association will pay $12,000 to a loan applicant with disabilities under a Conciliation Agreement. Read more about all of these stories below.
Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama
"We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. (Applause.) For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn."
White House Announces Audio Descriptions for Public Tours
President Obama and the First Lady have long been committed to ensuring that the White House is truly the People’s House, and that Americans with disabilities are fully integrated into our society. Continuing on that commitment, the White House Visitor’s Office is pleased to announce the availability of an audio description for those taking a White House tour. This will give blind and visually impaired Americans and persons with other print disabilities the opportunity to listen to an audio described tour as they visit the historic, public rooms of the White House.
U.S. Department of Education Clarifies Schools' Obligation to Provide Equal Opportunity to Students with Disabilities to Participate in Extracurricular Athletics
The Department's Office for Civil Rights issued guidance clarifying school districts' existing legal obligations to provide equal access to extracurricular athletic activities to students with disabilities. In addition to explaining those legal obligations, the guidance urges school districts to work with community organizations to increase athletic opportunities for students with disabilities, such as opportunities outside of the existing extracurricular athletic program.
Strategic Plan for Improving Management of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Announced
The new strategic plan provides a more comprehensive and structured approach to further improve agencies’ management of the requirements of Section 508. This approach includes actions agencies need to take to (1) increase transparency, (2) strengthen accountability, and (3) improve collaboration regarding accessible EIT.
Federal Charges Allege Captors Held Adults with Disabilities in Subhuman Conditions to Carry Out Social Security Fraud
Linda Weston, her daughter and three co-defendants are charged in a 196-count indictment, unsealed today, with racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, hate crimes, sex trafficking, kidnapping, forced human labor, theft, fraud, and other violent crimes. The indictment alleges that Weston and her associates carried out a racketeering enterprise that targeted victims with mental disabilities and as part of a scheme to steal disability payments from the victims and the Social Security system.
Justice Department Obtains Comprehensive Agreement to Resolve Long Standing Litigation Regarding the Rights of People with Developmental Disabilities
The Justice Department announced that it recently filed in federal court a comprehensive agreement that will resolve long running litigation with the state of Tennessee originally concerning conditions of care at the former Arlington Developmental Center (ADC).
HUD, US Bank Settle Disability Discrimination Claim
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that Bloomington, Minnesota-based U.S. Bank National Association will pay $12,000 to a loan applicant with disabilities under a Conciliation Agreement settling allegations that the bank required him to provide unnecessary documentation to establish he would continue receiving disability income for three years before they would approve his mortgage loan.
Posted in PEP News on November 13, 2012 by Nevada PEP
My name is Michele Santee. I am the Intakes Specialist here at Nevada PEP. I wanted to share my families experiences with the Holiday Season. I have a 9 year old son named Ashton who has Autism. When the Holiday’s come around we experience a lot more stress than usual, as I am sure most of our PEP families do!
During this time of year we have to find more untraditional ways to celebrate. Family gatherings are certainly hard on our kids. I remember one year we were invited to a Christmas dinner at a very close friends’ home. There was a table displayed beautifully with food, snacks, and desserts. There was a turkey in the center of the table. My son ran right over to that turkey and ripped the leg off and began his Christmas feast! I could feel all the eyes in the room on me. Of course, my son doesn’t notice and continues to devour his stolen turkey leg with the biggest smile on his face – I can still vividly remember that moment. I laugh about this now, but I remember the feeling I had at that moment. I felt like I ruined everyone’s Christmas dinner and I was uncomfortable for the remainder of the time we spent there. Family gatherings are also tough for our kids that are not comfortable with large groups, loud music, and lots of commotion. My son in particular can only handle very short burst of excitement before the inevitable meltdown begins. Over the years we have learned through my son’s body language when enough is enough! Because of this we have been able to successfully enjoy gatherings in very small doses. One quote that reminds me of my son and something I try to remember during this stressful time is “less is more” .
There is so much more to the Holiday season than gatherings. What about the change in weather? Our kids, especially our sensory sensitive kids, have a hard time with changing their wardrobe and understanding when it’s sunny it doesn’t mean it’s warm out. We had taken a road trip to the East Coast to visit with my extended family and my son had never experienced snow or the frigid cold weather. He grew up most his life in San Diego and Las Vegas. One morning while we were there I was fixing the kids breakfast and my son was just fine running around the house, as usual. When I went to call the kids for breakfast, I find the front door was wide open. I immediately run outside, no shoes, and in my pajamas. I found a fresh set of footsteps leading to the backyard. There he was curled up in the snow not sure what to do, in his birthday suit! My son is notorious for wearing birthday suit while in the home. But he has learned, snow is very cold. Still to this day when we talk about snow he immediately tells me “snow cold”.
Christmas morning in my house is probably much different than most traditional Christmas mornings. My daughter, Amelia, loves unwrapping gifts. My son on the other hand sees a wrapped gift as a box with a bunch of Christmas pictures all over it. He doesn’t enjoy the element of surprise. Surprises upset my son because he likes everything to be predictable. So, under our tree Christmas morning we have half our gifts all wrapped and the other half unwrapped. It helps keep my son engaged with the family while he checks out all his new toys and while we unwrap our gifts. It works for us and makes the morning more predictable and enjoyable for our son.
What I am trying to say is, the Holiday Season can be very stressful on our families. In particular on our children with special needs. You need to find ways to make the Holiday’s fun, fulfilling, enjoyable for your family. Sometimes this means celebrating a little different and there is nothing wrong with being different. My family enjoys our new unique traditions it makes our family special to us. Holidays can be hard with all the change, excitement, and seasonal stress on top of all your regular stress. You have to try and laugh through the trying times and surround yourself with people that understand your family and that can laugh along with you. I wish all of our PEP families a wonderful, safe, and different Holiday Season! Cheers!
Posted in PEP News on October 23, 2012 by Nevada PEP
Nevada PEP is proud to announce that Havander Davis was awarded the honor of being the Private Sector Employee of the Year by WEET (Work Enhancement Employment Team)! Join us in congratulating Havander, as we all know he is deserving of the honor.
Significant Policy Guidance for the U.S. Department of Education - Creating Equitable Opportunities for Children and Youth with Disabilities to Access Physical Education and Extracurricular Athletics.
Recently, a report by the United States Government Accountability Office revealed that, despite legislation obligating states and schools to provide equal access, opportunities for physical activity are limited for children and youth with disabilities. The Policy Guidance is the initial response to the GAO recommendation that “the Secretary of Education facilitate information sharing among states and schools on ways to provide opportunities in PE and extracurricular athletics to students with disabilities.” The document will help disseminate information on improving opportunities for children and youth to access PE and athletics and to refer the reader to sources of additional information regarding the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in PE and athletic extracurricular activities. The Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education will be providing separate and additional guidance on the legal aspects of the provision of extracurricular athletic opportunities to students with disabilities to comply with the second recommendation by the GAO to the Department in its report.
May is National Mental Health Awareness month. Nevada PEP is celebrating by offering you the opportunity to show your support for Children's Mental Health Awareness month by donating a minimum of $1 to receive your very own personalized GREEN ribbon. It will be displayed at Nevada PEP’s Central and Satellite office. To show your support, stop by PEP’s office or donate online.
Following 5 kids and families over the course of a school year, stories include 2 families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes more », classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices, offering insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children. As teachers, administrators, kids and parents struggle to find answers, the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth is examined. Through the power of their stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children and society as a whole. « less