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Using a Strengths-Based Therapeutic Approach with People with Developmental Disabilities

Plain Language Summary: Using a Strengths-Based Therapeutic Approach with People with Developmental Disabilities When mental health professionals work with people who have developmental disabilities, it is important for them to use a “strengths-based approach”. This applies to the way they speak with and help their client. A strengths-based approach means focusing on what the person […]

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Affected Me and Other Autistics

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Affected Me and Other Autistics

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Affected Me and Other Autistics By Kayla Rodriguez Content Warning: This blog contains potentially disturbing and triggering content. Before continuing, please be aware that the author writes about suicide and self-harm. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was March 12, 2020. I was at my internship at the […]

Empleo de personas hispanas/latinx con discapacidades: barreras y recomendaciones (Employment and Hispanic/Latinx Individuals with Disabilities: Barriers and Recommendations)

Resumen en lenguaje sencillo: empleo de personas hispanas / latinx con discapacidades: barreras y recomendaciones En 2019, solo 1 de cada 5 personas con discapacidad estaba con empleo. La discriminación por discapacidad puede afectar el empleo. Ser parte de más de un grupo marginado puede generar aún más desafíos. Un grupo marginado es un grupo […]

We’re Going to Make It—Pandemic and All

We’re Going to Make It—Pandemic and All Older woman

We’re Going to Make It – Pandemic and All When the pandemic hit in March 2020, it seemed logical to move our daughter, *Audrey, to our home. Audrey is 49 and has a developmental disability with speech communication challenges.  COVID-19 has drastically impacted our lives and our mental health. Audrey lived in her own apartment […]

Transition & Collaboration

Plain Language Summary: Transition & Collaboration Overview Transition is when a student moves from high school to adult life. For students with disabilities, the law requires students with disabilities prepare for life after high school by having a plan (called a transition IEP) when a student is turns 16. The transition IEP must have goals […]

Anxiety Management with Autism

Anxiety Management with Autism Person writing with pen and paper

Anxiety Management with Autism As you’re no doubt aware, the pandemic and subsequent social distancing had multiple side effects on Americans beyond the immediate concern of being infected with COVID-19.  One of the most prevalent of these effects has been anxiety. Many foreign to it are experiencing it for the first time, and those who […]

Early Childhood & Developmental Disabilities

Plain Language Summary: Early Childhood & Developmental Disabilities Developmental disabilities are disabilities that can affect multiple aspects of a person’s life. These disabilities occur during childhood and can cause lifelong problems. Typically, developmental disabilities are noticeable before children start school. Developmental disabilities can affect physical, social, academic, or cognitive skills. Examples of developmental disabilities include […]

Get Support in Your Community

Get Support in Your Community Girl smiling while floating in a pool

Get Support in Your Community Family and friends can be an amazing support system.  But no family or group of friends has all the expertise that someone with a disability or mental health struggle might need.  There are times when we need support from community organizations. However, when we are really struggling, we feel alone […]

Navegando por el sistema escolar: educación especial, derechos y recursos para padres (Navigating the School System: Special Education, Rights, and Resources for Parents)

Resumen en lenguaje sencillo para navegar por el sistema escolar: educación especial, derechos y recursos para padres El sistema escolar puede ser complejo. Es posible que los padres de niños con discapacidades no sepan qué servicios están disponibles y cómo calificar para recibir esos servicios. A veces, los conceptos erróneos por parte de las familias […]