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2014 Special Olympics Games Competition June 14-21

2014 Special Olympics Games Competition June 14-21
Nearly 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from throughout the United States, including Illinois, will travel to New Jersey to compete before tens of thousands of spectators and volunteers June 14-21, 2014. The Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and showcase athletes from throughout the... Read more »

General Electric Supports the 2014 Special Olympics’ Chicago Spring Games

General Electric Supports the 2014 Special Olympics’ Chicago Spring Games
  General Electric is a giving company. It strives to socially responsive to a number of philanthropic entities. One of their greatly supported causes is the Special Olympics, of which nearly 800 local employees volunteered their time on Friday, May 9 for the 12th Annual GE Community Day at the kickoff of the opening ceremony... Read more »

Should Family Caretakers Have to Join the Union?

Should Family Caretakers Have to Join the Union?
Illinois legislators have a history of getting involved in areas that they need to stay out of. Perhaps, it keeps them from having to make cuts in their own pensions. The latest fiasco is over whether the family caretakers of disabled family members given money for home care through the State should be unionized as... Read more »
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ComEd Helps The Developmentally Disabled

ComEd Helps The Developmentally Disabled
ComEd has expanded its groundbreaking Energy Force program to help individuals with developmental disabilities in educating customers on energy efficiency. Launched last year, it is a one-of-a-kind program and the first utility company in the U.S. designed to specifically help empower individuals with developmental disabilities to reduce their electricity and save money, while educating others... Read more »

Is Autism the new term for Mentally Handicapped?

Is Autism the new term for Mentally Handicapped?
  My sister was diagnosed as being mentally retarded when she was three. This was 1965 when anyone with a mental disability was labeled as such. This term was the catch-all for anyone who was a slow learner. If you weren’t mentally retarded then you were deaf, or had cerebral palsy or Down syndrome. The... Read more »

Caring for Your Disabled Sibling As They Age

Caring for Your Disabled Sibling As They Age
We get older while our handicapped sibling seems to remain the same. They have reached their full potential years ago. This is the case with my sister who will be 51 this year. After years of speech therapy, special schools and now workshop, she remains chronically mentally disabled. Her behavior is similar to what it... Read more »
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When is it Time for Managed Care for Your Disabled Child?

When is it Time for Managed Care for Your Disabled Child?
Families learn how to adapt and deal with the challenges of living with a handicapped child. The parents and siblings alter their lives and attempt to live as normal of a life as possible. It is just part of what you do when you welcome a disabled child into a family. You love them and... Read more »

The Love of a Parent & a Disabled Child

The Love of a Parent & a Disabled Child
  Angel View, an organization in southern, California that once catered to polio victims, and now offers group homes to disabled children and adults, held its annual luncheon. Having supported the organization for the past few years, I am thrilled to see these local organizations thrive. Mel Haber, business owner and speaker, is a well... Read more »

Folic Acid in Early Pregnancy Reduces Autism by 40%

Folic Acid in Early Pregnancy Reduces Autism by 40%
A New Study conducted as part of Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBA) has found that mothers who took folic acid supplements for 4 weeks before becoming pregnant until 8 weeks after pregnancy, had a reduced incident of Autism by 40%. The study only shows an association between the use of folic acid supplements and... Read more »
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Consider Therapy: A Family With a Disabled Child

Consider Therapy: A Family With a Disabled Child
I remember the first time the yellow bus picked up my sister for her school at Clearbrook. Instead of walking to elementary school with me, she was going to this special education school in Rolling Meadows, a half hour from our house. She looked like a little doll as she stepped up and got on... Read more »
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