2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winners Show Commitment to Children’s Rights

Originally posted on The Montessori Message:

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Last week, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their commitment in working for the rights of children in the world. Education is something that many people take for granted. In some parts of the world, it is “guaranteed” – so too is the ability for children to enjoy a childhood rather than to be exploited and sent to work at a young age. The Nobel Peace Prize this year reminds us that these struggles are not yet ended. We need to advocate for the rights of every child.

Next week, our sixth-grade class will attend the Global Citizenship Action Project in New York City. Through this project they will visit the United Nations and be reminded of the rights of all people throughout the world, and especially the children of our world. Congratulations to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. Thank you for your hard work.

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Tip for 10/16. Disabled should not equal vulnerable

Originally posted on peaceworkconsultants:


What if I told you there is a group of people that between 35 and 86% will experience some level of abuse in their lifetime?   What if I added that, oftentimes,  they are not even talked to about what was happening?  Then add to that the fact that this group is often so fearful of the alternatives that they will not talk about the abuse even when it is recognized?

Who are these individuals?    Women with disabilities,   especially women with lifelong disabilities or those with a diagnosis of a cognitive-behavioral disorder.

These individuals are seen in society as being dependent,  weaker and with out many choices of options.   Unfortunately,  at times, that is true but it does not have to be.

Shelters, counseling services,  courtrooms and other legal services need to be ADA compliant.   Interpretation is available as are other community providers when collaborative arrangements are in place. 

If we…

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Sensory Awareness Month: Resources and Support

Originally posted on STEPS for Kids Blog:

October is Sensory Awareness Month! A great time to share information and advocate for those with sensory differences and sensory processing disorders which complicate participation in daily activities.  If you are looking for information on sensory processing you can follow our blog right here and follow us on Pinterest.  Here are five other places on the internet to find helpful information:

1) Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation:  This is the premier research and treatment center founded and directed by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR.   The SPD Foundation and the STAR Center offer cutting edge information and support for parents and children coping with SPD.  Explore the latest research, take a webinar or learn more about signs and symptoms of SPD.

2) The Spiral Foundation:  Another great research and learning center with a focus on educating the community and advocating for people coping with SPD and its impact…

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It Is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Originally posted on Dialogue About Language, Literacy and Learning:

I will be posting some links to the topic of dyslexia.  All kids deserve to be successful readers.


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Homeless vet’s benefits increased five-fold

Originally posted on Homeless Persons Representation Project Blog:

HPRP pro bono attorney Jennifer Larrabee

HPRP pro bono attorney Jennifer Larrabee

A 54-year old man who served in the Navy from 1980 to 1996—and contracted asthma from exposure to burning oil wells during the first Iraq War—had his monthly VA benefits rise from $255 a month to $1,300 a month with the help of Jennifer Larrabee, his HPRP pro bono attorney.

“After he left the Navy, he was in and out of the hospital and emergency rooms, with many scary moments when he couldn’t breathe,” said Jennifer, deputy director of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. “But after I got involved, his zero percent rating went to 60 percent. In addition, he received $66,900 in back benefits he was owed. This successful outcome took more than three years to achieve, and he often told me that he would have given up without my help.”

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Disney Urged To Include Characters With Disabilities – Disability Scoop

How social media is changing the healthcare landscape

Originally posted on Doctor's bag:

How social media is changing the healthcare landscape

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There seems to be a significant growth of social media usage in the Australian healthcare industry.

In the past years we have seen surprisingly influential social media campaigns, like AHPRAaction, ScrapTheCap, InternCrisis, and very recently NoAdsPlease. These campaigns not only rally for better health care policies; they also signal a shift towards more transparency and accountability.

Characteristics of the social media campaigns are:

  • They spread quickly and generate a lot of media attention
  • The participants are very passionate about their cause
  • They are often supported by different groups including consumers
  • They may or may not be supported by professional organisations
  • They are very effective.

At the same time other social media movements, like FOAM (free open access medical education) are gaining momentum. Again, these grassroots initiatives are driven by passion – a powerful force. It won’t take long before health care professionals can do their continuing professional…

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