July is Fragile X Awareness Month
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by Advocacy-Links
3w ago
Imagine you’re diving into the very essence of what makes us who we are—our genes. Tucked away on one of our chromosomes is a tiny gene that, when it doesn’t work right, leads to something called Fragile X syndrome. It’s like a recipe that’s missing a key ingredient, and this can cause a bunch of different challenges for those affected. Now, if you’ve got a little one with Fragile X, you might notice they’re not hitting the same milestones as other kids their age, or they might struggle with making friends or get stuck on certain behaviors. But it’s super important to remember that every kid ..read more
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Childhood Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Causes, Signs, and Support
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by Advocacy-Links
1M ago
June is PTSD awareness month and Childhood Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can impact a child’s life following a life-altering event. This article aims to discuss the various causes of PTSD in children, highlight the signs to look out for, and most importantly, examine the effective ways to support children with PTSD as they start their journey towards healing. Causes of PTSD in Children: PTSD in children can result from a variety of experiences, such as: – Witnessing Violence: Children can find exposure to violence at home, school, or in the community. – Accidents: Events like car acci ..read more
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Beyond the Injury: Living a Full Life with TBI Through Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver
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by Advocacy-Links
2M ago
When someone has a TBI, or Traumatic Brain Injury, it’s because their brain was injured suddenly, like from a fall, a car accident, or a hard hit to the head. This injury can change a lot for them. They may find it hard to think clearly, talk, walk, or manage their feelings. It’s a tough road to travel, but there’s definitely help and hope out there. Living with a TBI means adjusting to big changes. It’s more than just letting the physical injuries heal. People often have to learn how to do simple tasks all over again and discover new ways to do things they used to do without thinking. Challe ..read more
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Recreational Therapy for Children and Adults with Disabilities
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by Advocacy-Links
3M ago
Recreational Therapy for Children It’s really important for parents that have children with disabilities to find good ways to help them in all areas of their lives. Recreational therapy is a great way to do this because it gives lots of benefits to kids who are dealing with different challenges. It doesn’t matter if they have trouble with their bodies, learning, or their feelings, recreational therapy can be designed just for them to make them feel better. By doing fun activities that have a purpose, kids not only have a good time but also learn important skills, become more independent, and ..read more
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Navigating Indiana Disability Resources: A Comprehensive Guide
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by Advocacy-Links
3M ago
Navigating the landscape of disability resources in Indiana can feel overwhelming, especially for individuals and families who are new to seeking support. However, Indiana offers a wide range of resources and services designed to assist individuals with disabilities in various aspects of life. In this article, we’ll provide a comprehensive guide on how to find Indiana disability resources, from government agencies and non-profit organizations to online platforms and community support groups. 1. Start with Government Agencies: Begin your search for disability resources by exploring government ..read more
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Breaking Barriers: Exploring Lending Libraries for Assistive Technology
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by Advocacy-Links
4M ago
In today’s tech-driven world, having the right tools can make all the difference, especially for individuals with disabilities. But what happens when those tools come with a hefty price tag? That’s where lending libraries for assistive technology step in, offering a helping hand to make accessibility a reality for everyone. Let’s dive into what these libraries are all about and how they’re making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. What’s a Lending Library for Assistive Technology? Think of it like a regular library, but instead of books, they’re stocked with all sorts of a ..read more
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Understanding Special Education in Indiana
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by Advocacy-Links
4M ago
As a parent of a special needs child, navigating the educational system can be overwhelming. However, in Indiana, there are resources and support systems in place to ensure that your child receives the education they deserve. Understanding the options available and knowing how to advocate for your child are crucial steps in ensuring their success. Parents can learn to be effective advocates for their children with special needs by educating themselves about their rights under special education law and seeking support and guidance from advocacy organizations and professionals. By actively main ..read more
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Music Therapy: Enhancing Lives Through the Power of Music
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by Advocacy-Links
4M ago
Music has always been a universal language that transcends barriers and connects people on a deep emotional level. It has the power to evoke memories, express feelings, and create a sense of unity. But did you know that music can also be a powerful tool for therapy? We will explore music therapy and how it is used to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Benefits of Music Therapy Music therapy offers a wide range of benefits for individuals with disabilities. It can have a positive impact on mental, emotional, physical, social, and cognitive well-being. By engaging wi ..read more
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Cooking Together – A Recipe for Success for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
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by Advocacy-Links
4M ago
Cooking is more than just mixing ingredients; it’s about creating something delicious, having fun, and feeling accomplished. For adults with intellectual disabilities, joining cooking classes opens up a world of possibilities. In this article, let’s dive into why these classes are awesome and how they’re changing lives for the better. 1. Having Fun in the Kitchen: Imagine chopping veggies, stirring pots, and laughing with friends—all while making tasty meals. That’s what cooking classes for adults with intellectual disabilities are all about. It’s not just about learning; it’s about enjoyi ..read more
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Employee Spotlight: Dawn Alvarado
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by Advocacy Links Site Admin
5M ago
Dawn is a Wraparound Facilitator with Advocacy Links Child Mental Health Wraparound Supports. This is a new service for Advocacy Links and Dawn has done an amazing job at getting in and hitting the ground running. Dawn has been engaged and was one of the most responsive individuals at training for new Facilitators. We have been told she is an absolute “rock star”! This isn’t news to us, we know she is a gem! Thanks for all you do for us and for the youth, family, and caregivers you support Dawn. The Employee Spotlight Questionnaire Why do you work at Advocacy Links? Because of Joy (Our Ma ..read more
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