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Independent Living: Going Shopping Today?

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Aug, 2013

Independent Living: Going Shopping Today?

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[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] A picture of a wallet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] Being active in the community usually means that, if you’re going to be out for a few hours, you’re probably going to want something to eat or drink while you’re out. Here are a few ideas to consider before walking out the door: Take Water and

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Community College: A Great Place to Start After High School

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Aug, 2013

Community College: A Great Place to Start After High School

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Okay, high school graduate. You’ve decided that you want to dip your toe into college. You might have spent a semester or more just exploring the campus (see previous post), and you’ve decided that you would like to try a class. What now? Here are some general guidelines which can vary from one community to the next. Before

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Disabilities and Transition After High School: Developing Independence at the Community College, Even If I’m Not Taking Classes

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Jul, 2013

Disabilities and Transition After High School: Developing Independence at the Community College, Even If I’m Not Taking Classes

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Okay, new graduate. You’ve finished high school, and your classmates, at least most of them, are going on to college. You say to yourself, I want to go to college! Of course, you want to do what your friends are doing, right? It’s understandable that you don’t want to stay at home while everyone else is having a

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Transition Planning: Is Independence in My Child’s Future?

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Jul, 2013

Transition Planning: Is Independence in My Child’s Future?

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  My Child is Growing Up! What Can I Do to Prepare for the Future? Yes, children with disabilities do grow up. IEP teams are required to begin the transition planning process in early adolescence. While we might focus on academic skills, it's important to look at behavior, routines, and social skills. Sometimes we enjoy (or grow accustomed

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Independent Living: Is Crossing the Street as Easy as ‘Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again’?

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Being independent requires being able to navigate the community safely. What are some tips? [caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] English: A pedestrian LED Traffic Light in Financial District, New York City, NY Deutsch: Eine Fussgängerampel im Financial District in New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption]   Prepare to be aware of the environment. The first step in community safety

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Independent Living Skills: What’s My No-Phone Backup Plan?

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May, 2013

Independent Living Skills: What’s My No-Phone Backup Plan?

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Parents feel better when they know their children are safe and have some skills to solve problems independently. Developing independence means that we give up a little bit of control as children grow up and attend school, participate in sports or community activities, or spend the night away from home.   How do you feel about your child

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Transition to Independent Living: What Happens After High School?

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May, 2013

Transition to Independent Living: What Happens After High School?

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Individuals with disabilities go through many transitions in their school career as they progress through elementary, middle school and high school. At each stage, teams discuss how to make the transition as smooth as possible. What is expected at the next level? Will teachers understand his or her needs? How can we make it less stressful?Even more worrisome

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Why is Smart Steps Developing Mobile Apps for Persons with Disabilities?

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Apr, 2013

Why is Smart Steps Developing Mobile Apps for Persons with Disabilities?

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Dr. Cindy Fisher, President and CEO I am a special educator with over 30 years' experience teaching students with a variety of disabilities, ages 5-21. Currently, I work with 18 to 21 year-olds in post high school transition services. My students spend a lot of time in restaurants, in stores, at the public library, on job sites and

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