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NYC Autism Speaks Gala Raises More than $66,000
Autism Speaks' third annual Autism Speaks to Young Professionals summer gala, held in NYC, raised more than $66,000 for autism research and advocacy. The funds will help raise awareness and funds on behalf of individuals living with autism. (read the story...)

The Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner Opens in Westport CT
The Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner opens in Wesport, Connecticut, offering children and young adults representation in the areas of special education law and disability law. (read the story...)

Simon Says: Overcoming Autism Through Play
Special needs mom and Inside Schools blogger Marni Goltsman discusses how her autistic son has gained social confidence through playing games like 'Simon Says'. Goltsman also writes of her hopes for her son's acceptance among his friends despite his social challenges. (read the story...)

How Kids with Special Needs can Build Healthy Friendships
It can be difficult for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or other special needs to make friends as quickly and easily as their peers. Check out the following tips for making friends as a special needs kid and what families can do to encourage them. (read the story...)

Dental Advice for Kids
Read on for expert dental advice to keep your kids smiling bright. Local dentists and orthodontists answer various questions from parents. (read the story...)

How To Monitor Change in Your Special Needs Child's Diagnosis
Though your special needs child may have been diagnosed in early childhood, it's possible that after some treatment and therapy, their initial diagnosis may change over time. Check out the following tips for monitoring your child's progress, and ensuring that they get an accurate medical assessment. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Explain a Special Needs Diagnosis to My Child?
We asked Melanie Pearl, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist based in Stamford, CT, how to explain a special needs diagnosis to the affected child, and, specifically, her advice on how to tell a child with Aspberger's Syndrome that he has been diagnosed with Aspberger's. (read the story...)

How to Treat Typical and Special Needs Siblings Fairly
Follow these tips to make sure you're paying enough attention to the siblings of a child with special needs. (read the story...)

How to Support the Siblings of a Child with Special Needs
When one child has special needs, families face the challenge of keeping the stress away from brothers and sisters. Our expert offers advice on how to help siblings cope during trying times. (read the story...)

Bank of America Announces $1 Million Multi-Year Donation to Support Special Olympics
Bank of America, proud sponsor of Special Olympics for more than three decades, today announced a three-year $1 million contribution to support Special Olympics, a global organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities and special needs. (read the story...)

New Technology at the Bronx's Rett Syndrome Center Helps Children Communicate
New eye-gaze technologies at the Rett Syndrome Center at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx allow children affected by Rett to communicate with others. (read the story...)

Understanding Rett Syndrome
Rett Syndrome is a rare and life-altering brain disorder that almost exclusively affects girls. Intense therapy is required to manage the disorder, but recent research presents reasons to hope a cure is possible. (read the story...)

How to Help Your ADHD Child
Does your child have ADHD? GenConnect.com's resident expert Dr. Margery Fridstein provides suggestions for how to help them. (read the story...)

Long Island Disability Awareness Night Honors Three Local Heroes
You may know that on May 18 the New York Mets trounced the Washington Nationals at Citi Field (shutting the Nats out 3-0). But for many in the stands that night, there was more to celebrate than a home team victory. It was also Long Island Disability Awareness Night, an event that honored the contributions of local individuals living with disabilities along with their families and caregivers. (read the story...)

Danny's Wish Distributes 30 iPads to Autistic Children
The iPad for Austism campaign is an ongoing fundraiser created by Danny's Wish as a way to provide iPads to needy kids who may otherwise be unable to afford one. Recently, Danny's Wish, a Long Island-based special needs organization, distributed 30 iPads to autistic children in 19 different states. (read the story...)

Sibling Support, Sports, Play, & Planning Services: A Guide for Parents with a Special Needs Child
Caring for your child with special needs is challenging as well as stressful. Here's a guide to shed some light on how to deal with and support your other kids, understand the importance of sports and imaginary play, and how to plan ahead. (read the story...)

'Journey Into Dyslexia': Talking with the Filmmakers
A new HBO film from an Academy Award-winning team puts the spotlight on an often misunderstood learning disability. (read the story...)

Televised Series Exploring Critical Issues Presents 'Autism and Asperger's Syndrome' This May
"Exploring Critical Issues," the award-winning broadcast series conceived and hosted by Adelphi University President Dr. Robert A. Scott, examines the research and policies affecting those with autism and Asperger's syndrome in a one-hour broadcast airing this May in the New York area. (read the story...)

Drive4Rebecca Completes Cross-Country Advocacy Tour
On April 16, Jon Singer and his daughter Rebecca, along with friends and family, set out on a 3,500-mile cross-country trek from New York to California to raise money and awareness for special needs advocacy. (read the story...)

New Special Needs Website Helps Parents Understand Their Child's Legal Rights
A new website launched by Littman Krooks, a law firm that specializes in special needs planning and special education advocacy, helps parents understand their child's legal rights. (read the story...)

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio Asks NYC Parents of Students with Disabilities to Take Special Ed Survey This April
Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate of the City of New York, asks parents of students with disabilities to take a "Spotlight on Special Ed" survey this month to help parents' voices be heard in the New York City Department of Education. (read the story...)

How to Help Children with Special Needs Engage in Imaginary Play
Learn why pretend play is important to development and how you can help it come more naturally to your child with special needs. (read the story...)

The Importance of Pretend Play for Children with Autism and Other Special Needs
Imaginative play may be elusive for the youngest autistic children, but it has an important place in your child's life. (read the story...)

How to Recognize a Social Language Deficit in Children and Help Them Overcome It
Children with social and pragmatic deficits often have difficulty making friends and generally succeeding in social situations. Find out how to recognize a deficit in social language skills and how targeted help can be effective for your child. (read the story...)

Early Years Institute and CA Technologies Sponsor 'Screen-Free Week' in Long Island
Early Years Institute and CA Technologies ask Long Island kids to unplug for one week in April. (read the story...)


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