College and Disabilities – Resources to Share.

It is hard to believe that Mel will be eighteen in less than six months. Time sure has moved quickly.  As she is turning eighteen, she is participating in her last clinics at Texas Scottish Rite Hosptial.  The services at T.S.R.H. end at age eighteen.  I have been so blessed to live in an area with such

Transition to Independent Living: What Happens After High School?

Originally posted on Smart Steps (TM) LLC:
Students gather on the sidewalk in front of the middle school after school on a Friday afternoon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 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…

It is important to understand the differences in the college and the K-12 educational systems

Parents of teens with medical and intellectual differences, who are looking at college as a possibility, need to understand the difference in their child’s rights and responsibilities as a college student.  In the United States, college is not a guaranteed right.  IDEA no longer applies. In college, the wall blocking your child’s path may or may not

What could I have focused more on in Middle School?

Over the past several months I have asked parents of young adults with special needs,  “What do you wish you had put more focus on during your child’s middle school years?”  The answers varied and gave insight into the skills needed post high school. 1.  A parent, of a young adult with Down Syndrome, indicated that