Exclusive Webinar with the Author of “Falling of the Cliff”

Posted on December 6, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

On Thursday January 4th 2018, there will be an exclusive webinar by Ronnie Polaneczky author of the article “Falling off the Cliff”. This article was published in the Daily News and online at Philly.com. It talks about real-life issues that children who have special needs face as they transition into adulthood. There will also be […]

Cori the Dog is Helping Individuals with Special Needs Learn How to Swim

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

A dog named Cori, from California, has been helping children with special needs learn how to swim. Cori works with Jodie Powel, the founder of Special Fishies. Special Fishies is an organization that teaches kids who have special needs how to swim. According to the National Association of Autism, drowning is a leading cause of […]

Google Maps Engages Wheelchair Accessible Areas

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Google maps is a top contender when it comes to navigation. They now want to make navigating easier for individuals with special needs by creating a system where you can see wheelchair accessible areas such as parks, restaurants, shopping centers, and much more. Sasha Blair-Goldensohn is a software engineer at Google who uses a wheelchair. […]

How to Create a Stable Future For Your Loved One with Special Needs

Posted on September 11, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Parents and families want to care for their children throughout their life time physically and financially. However, having a child with special needs requires special attention. You especially want to make sure your child qualifies for government benefits and other programs available. Leaving retirement plans and assets to your child could greatly impact those receiving […]

Hotels Are Now Learning to Accommodate All Individuals

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Alexander and Maximillian are brothers from Anaheim, California. Max is 10 years old and is on the autism spectrum. Alexander and Max come from a family that loves to travel; their parents believe it is a great learning opportunity for them. However, during their travels they soon learned that basic necessities for Max were not […]

Target’s New Clothing Line Specially Made for Individuals with Special Needs

Posted on August 23, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

After listening to its guest and team members the mega store, Target has created a clothing line specifically designed for children with special needs. The clothing line comes from the idea of minimizing discomfort associated with sensory issues. They will be offered through The Cat & Jack children’s clothing line. The line of sensory friendly […]

Sweet Heat Jam Co. is Bringing People Together

Posted on August 21, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Sweet Heat Jam Co. is based in Katy, Texas and was created by Nolan who has down syndrome. Once he graduated high school his mom Christine wanted him to find his purpose. Sweet Heat Jam Co. employs individuals with special needs and acts as a training program. Working and creating gives them a purpose. They […]

Rodeo for Individuals with Special Needs

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Tucker Day Rodeo at double diamond ranch, is a rodeo for individuals with special needs. They have the opportunity to show off their riding skills, barrel racing, pole bending, and other fun events. More than 50 individuals were given the opportunity to participate. The Tucker Day Rodeo was inspired by Tucker Blaine who has down […]

The Difference Between Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Many people are employing the help of emotional support and service animals. However, there is a difference between the two. An emotional support animal is a companion that provides therapeutic support to someone who has either a mental or psychiatric disability. These animals are often part of a bigger treatment plan for an individual with […]

Cooking Class for the Special Needs Community

Posted on July 25, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Individuals with special needs in Phoenix, Arizona now have the opportunity to learn how to cook healthy meals. Thanks to Sprouts Kitchen Network there will be a cooking course offered at First Place Phoenix. Lifestyle expert and New York Times best-selling author, Cheryl Najafi will work alongside the network. The goal is to one day […]

How Robots Can Help Individuals with Special Needs

Posted on July 18, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Manor, Texas has implemented the first talking robot in central, Texas, as a new tool to be used in the classroom. This robot, named Milo, was created for those with autism in mind; however, it has shown to be beneficial to all children, not just those with autism. Milo is used as a teaching aid […]

4 Key Points in Encouraging the Success of Your Child

Posted on July 12, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

There are lot of different obstacles families who have children with special needs face. One set of parents were given the opportunity to speak at the Family Retreat Weekend hosted by The Texas School for the Deaf. Their speech was titled “The Importance of Parents Involvement in your (Deaf) Childs Education”. Once they discovered that […]

Playgrounds for Children with Special Needs are Popping up Across the Country

Posted on June 29, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Creating a safe environment for children with special needs to play and enjoy their free time is important; a playground in Zelienople, Pittsburgh did just that. Originally created for a nearby program with 60 students the playground was created with the idea that all children on the autism spectrum have unique needs. The playground’s creators […]

A Group Effort Brings Together a Baseball League for Individuals with Special Needs

Posted on June 26, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

The ACBA Champions League founded by Sherri Gifford is celebrating its 3rd year anniversary this season. Champions League is a baseball league for individuals with special needs. Gifford was inspired by her daughter who attended all of her brother’s sporting events, but never had a chance to participate. Gifford helped spread the word of her […]

Texas Water Park Accessible for those with Special Needs Opens in San Antonio

Posted on June 22, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Morgan’s Inspiration Island is a water park in San Antonio, Texas, specifically designed for those with special needs in mind. Creator, Gordon Hartman, designed this park with a goal to include those with and without special needs. His inspiration sprang from his own experiences with his daughter who often felt left out due to her […]

Summer Fun Ideas for Families with Special Needs

Posted on June 19, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Having a family member with special needs can mean more planning and research in terms of activities, but that doesn’t mean a family’s options are limited. There are many fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. The following are a few ideas that can accommodate all abilities. Movies Some movie theatres have recently started […]

The I Am Who I Am Foundation Will Begin to Change the Business World

Posted on June 15, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Holly Simon a Chicago mom is proving to people around the country that everyone can be their own boss, including children with special needs. She started the I Am Who I Am foundation in hopes of inspiring children with special needs to use their unique abilities in the business world. Simon and her children began […]

Leander ISD Commits to Improving and Expanding their Special Education Programs

Posted on June 12, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Dan Troxell is the Superintendent of Leander ISD. He recently sent an email out to all Leander ISD parents in regard to Special Education programs. Currently Leander ISD serves over 4,000 students through their special education programs. While the district currently complies with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act “IDEA” and Individual Education Program “IEP”, […]

How to Combat Isolation: Solutions from Parents of Kids with Autism

Posted on June 6, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

When a child is diagnosed with autism many concerns and challenges can arise within a family. Everyday it’s a new obstacle to overcome; whether that be negotiating with the school, dealing with outbursts, helping your child make friends or transitioning to adulthood. These challenges often leave parents feeling alone and overwhelmed. The tips below are […]

Project Search Helps Individuals with Special Needs Land Jobs

Posted on June 2, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Project Search is a program designed to help individuals with special needs develop vocational skills and build professional experience through internships. Their goal is to help them find employment upon graduation of high school. The CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Francis health system in Tyler, Texas is in its 2nd year of participating in the Project Search […]

The True Power of Animal Companionship

Posted on May 31, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Iris Grace Halmshaw is a 5-year-old girl from Britain with autism. Due to her autism, she doesn’t speak very much but she began expressing herself at the age of 3 through painting. She is now known worldwide for her soft monet style artwork. Like many individuals with autism Iris experienced high levels of anxiety especially […]

Education Savings Account Program Could Be Coming to Texas

Posted on May 26, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

An Education Savings Account (ESA) program was added to House Bill 21 during the Texas legislation this year. ESA is a program for students with special needs that allows parents to move their children to private schools with state funding. Parents can only move their child from public to private if their child’s unique learning […]

The Essential Special Needs Planning Book One Evolution At A Time Now Available

Posted on May 24, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Special needs planning begins long before the child turns 18. It is a process that you must start as soon as possible. However, there is a lot of confusion floating around the concept of special needs planning. This is where attorney Julia Nickerson became invested in helping families who have loved ones with special needs. […]

Roberta the Robot Will be Able to Help Children with Special Needs

Posted on May 17, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Techcrunch Disrupt Hackathon is a worldwide tech conference that is being held in New York City this year. Rutgers University sophomores introduced a robot-like device named Roberta that was created for teachers in special needs classrooms. This robot uses, computer vision and sentiment analysis to identify distressed students in the classroom. When a student speaks […]

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

May is national Mental Health Awareness month. With the support of President Trump and the Department of Health and Human Services, there is hope to bring awareness and a sense of acceptance to mental health across the nation. In the U.S. 1 in 5 adults will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder each year. […]

The Benefits of Music for Individuals with Special Needs

Posted on May 8, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

A variety of conditions fall under the term “autism”. Individuals with autism often have difficulty connecting and communicating. Many also have sensory issues such as hyper sensitivity (overly-stimulated) or hypo sensitivity (under stimulated). Although some sensitivity issues relate to sound, music has shown to help children on the autism spectrum with emotional and social development. […]

Pets are Extremely Beneficial to Children with Special Needs

Posted on May 5, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

A recent study by the University of Missouri showed children with Autism who have pets “develop stronger social and communication skills”. Pets can help a child with special needs in a variety of ways, but selecting a pet based of your child’s sensory issues is key. For example, dogs can provide comfort and loyal companionship, […]

Learn More about The Special Needs Forum Event on May 18, 2017

Posted on May 2, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

The Special Needs Forum continues its free live events series designed to educate families who have a loved one with special needs. On May 18th The Special Needs Forum will host their last event for the 2016-2017 school year “Residential Choices: Central Texas Best Options”. This event consists of a variety of residential providers, higher […]

Sidekicks, The New App That Can Help Individuals with Autism

Posted on April 28, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

A new app on IOS called sidekicks has opened a door for individuals with autism. It gives parents the ability to communicate via the role of a sidekick on their phone. You can talk to them through the app about school, things they love, or just to help them with their social skills. The app […]

Horseback Riding Proven to Help Individuals with Special Needs

Posted on April 27, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

Horseback riding has long been used as a therapeutic measure for people with special needs. A recent study by the University of Ioannina in Greece supports this type of therapy. Researchers reviewed “people with disabilities participating in modified or adaptive riding as therapy or hippo-therapy”. Results of the 16 studies showed that horseback riding helped […]

7 Steps You Should Take if You Have a Child with Special Needs

Posted on April 26, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

If you have a child with special needs, there are certain steps you must take to ensure that your loved one is cared for over their life time. Various government programs such as SSI, Medicaid, and Medicare may assist with expenses. However, relying solely on these services may not be enough. You must prepare for […]

Ben Affleck Attends Autism Film Festival

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

“Orange County will shed light on autism in a major way — the inaugural film festival AutFest “From Spectrum to Screen” will celebrate and bring awareness through films, panel discussions and some heavy star power.” This past weekend the festival screened a variety of films promoting autism awareness, films created by those on the autism […]

Push for Education Savings Accounts for Children with Special Needs

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

There has been a push toward “education savings accounts” that would create a program specifically for children with special needs. Children would have to be classified as special needs to be eligible and 21 years of age or younger. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act also known as IDEA, states that every child with a […]

Keeping Kids Safe with Cocoon-Like Bed

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Julia Nickerson. Categories: Uncategorized.

“Rose Morris just wanted a safe place for her son Abram to sleep; she ended up building a specialty bed business that’s just earned national recognition from the U.S. Small Business Administration.” Rose’s son, Abram was diagnosed with autism at age two, and has always had trouble sleeping through the night. The family became especially […]