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Smartphone app helps nonverbal children communicate through symbols

Predictive typing firm SwiftKey has launched a smartphone app that aims to provide special needs children with an easier way to communicate. SwiftKey Symbols is described as an assistive symbol-based communication app specially designed for children with autism and other

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California caregiver law aims to prevent elder abuse

The law seeks to enhance the safety of elderly and disabled people who receive private home care services from a caregiver who assists them with daily tasks. Senior citizens can often be vulnerable to abuse, whether it is physical, sexual,

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Three mistakes parents of special needs children should avoid

Parents of special needs children hope to provide their offspring with financial security and the care they need. However, even with the best of intentions they risk making mistakes that could have costly, long-term consequences for their child. One such

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Housing Assistance for People with Disabilities

Finding affordable housing can be difficult for people with disabilities, who may have special housing needs or limited funds. However, there are a number of resources available to help: Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York The Center for

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On October 27, 2016, a committed group of parents and educators, on a very stormy evening, attended a workshop on: Development  Mediated by Trauma: How to Recognize and Remediate Adverse Childhood Experiences,  with experts Dr. Boris Gindis, psychologist specializing in

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Workshop on Childhood Trauma Provides Insightful Information for Parents and School Personnel

By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP On October 27, 2016, a committed group of parents and educators, on a very stormy evening, attended a workshop on: Development  Mediated by Trauma: How to Recognize and Remediate Adverse Childhood Experiences,

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Premiums for long-term care insurance can be a tax deduction

Under IRS regulations, taxpayers can deduct a greater amount from their 2016 taxes due to the purchase of long-term care insurance. You can deduct premiums for long-term care insurance policies that are “qualified,” to the degree to which they, in

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Be aware of the details on required minimum distributions

It is important for taxpayers to be informed about required minimum distributions (RMDs) from IRAs so that they can plan accordingly for their retirement. In the current year, those persons age 70 ½ or older are required to take a

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Protecting Seniors From Isolation

Although we frequently think of seniors as living among family members or in a senior community or other shared housing arrangement, the likelihood of living alone rises as one ages, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Among women 65 to

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How Students With Disabilities in New York Are Succeeding

Some special education experts say that New York’s assessment tests, aligned with Common Core standards and intended to improve student achievement, are not producing good outcomes for students with disabilities. Last year, throughout the state, there were 190 school districts

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