Special Education Alliance 4 Eastern North Carolina

Special Education Alliance 4 Eastern North Carolina A resource page to create awareness for our special community of people with disabilities and their families Mission Statement - Special Education 4 Eastern North Carolina (SEAL4ENC) is a non-profit organization to empower parents and professionals to excel to their highest abilities through education and training while seeking the strongest outcome possible for all students; especially students with disabilities.

We support system change that will enrich the lives and the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities

We support system change that will enrich the lives and the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities

Mission: Mission Statement - Special Education 4 Eastern North Carolina (SEAL4ENC) is a non-profit organization to empower parents and professionals to excel to their highest abilities through education and training while seeking the strongest outcome possible for all students especially students with disabilities. We support system change that will enrich the lives and the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities.

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This could be any of us!
09/02/2020

This could be any of us!

ECAC - North Carolina's Parent Center
08/27/2020

ECAC - North Carolina's Parent Center

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has released an updated version of "A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities, August 2020". ,

"To advance our efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to achieve their post-school and career goals. In this updated transition guide, we added information about dual enrollment and the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act . We hope this transition guide will help students and youth with disabilities and their families to better understand how the State education agencies, the local education agencies, and the vocational rehabilitation agencies work together to facilitate improved outcomes for students and youth with disabilities."

Download the guide at:

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/transition/products/postsecondary-transition-guide-august-2020.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Council For The Arts
08/25/2020
Council For The Arts

Council For The Arts

Artists in all disciplines are eligible to apply for grants to support their professional and artistic development through a program of the North Carolina Arts Council.

Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow and Pamlico Counties
Primary Contact: Jonathan Burger
Craven Arts Council and Gallery
Phone: (252) 638-2577
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: https://www.cravenarts.org

Go here to learn more: https://www.ncarts.org/invest-arts/grants-artists/artist-support-grants

Application Deadline: September 11, 2020

Onslow County Schools
08/24/2020

Onslow County Schools

What do you think?
08/18/2020
What The Coronavirus Means For IEPs This Year

What do you think?

As a school year like no other gets underway, the laws surrounding individualized education programs remain unchanged and experts say parents should fight for the services their kids need.

08/17/2020
Onslow County Citizens for Quality Education & Supports

Onslow County Citizens for Quality Education & Supports

COVID POLICY DOES NOT SUPERCEDE FAPE!

"Services and accomadations follow the child in any environment!"
"NO excuses to not follow the IEP!"

The IEP is to be followed where ever the child is, the technical or CTE center, community supports, job supports, ANY where that child needs those supports they should be provided!
A N Y W H E R E!!!!!
Hold our county to that! Occ prep students ask how that is happening at their off campus training, at their job coach, at their field trips, and at the CTE center! Those programs SHOULD be diferiatiated, providing accomadations, and modification. They will tell you every excuse in the book for it not to happen! ADVOCATE!!

"The Question Asked with video response attached:

"My autistic son, who has an IEP, signed up for drafting class. He is in 11th grade. The drafting class is taught at the local county career tech center. My mother took him to class yesterday, because he does not drive. I work.

His other courses are online. She asked permission to sit in class for the first day to take notes. It is on his IEP that he have help or the teacher provide notes. She was told she could not stay due to COVID policy and that that he needed to do work on his own. She was told they don’t make accommodations. The person telling her this also said he had been a Special Ed. Teacher. He is now a director of the tech school. He indicated that if my son could not keep up on his own that maybe he should not be in drafting because drafting was a difficult class. Are county career tech centers provided through the locate BOE under obligations of IDEA?""

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z9KxSd4-OE&t=74s](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z9KxSd4-OE&t=74s)

Cool
08/17/2020
5 Reasons Why Dyslexics Make Top Spies

Cool

What skills does it take to become a top spy – keeping your nation safe from cyber-attack, foreign espionage and terrorist threats? Stand-out school results? A degree from a top university? How about being dyslexic? Britain’s digital intelligence agency, GCHQ (Government Communication Headquarte...

08/17/2020
Jacksonville Public Safety

Jacksonville Public Safety

Jacksonville Fire & Emergency Services would like to welcome back all of our students and staff to school. We're excited about the new school year and the opportunities to work with all of you.

We understand this school year will be different for all of us. We'd like to remind you of the three Ws. Wear your mask, Wait 6 feet apart, and wash your hands. We hope you have a great school year.

And to all the drivers out there, don't forget to be on the lookout for school buses and children in crosswalks now that school is back in session.

#WearWaitWash

No idea!No iepBut we got this.We were born to win!!!
08/16/2020

No idea!
No iep
But we got this.
We were born to win!!!

ACCURATE! 🤣

When one of our moms has a talent, we like to post it. Isn't this a great job, a skilled mask and accessories to match! ...
08/15/2020

When one of our moms has a talent, we like to post it. Isn't this a great job, a skilled mask and accessories to match! Wow! She is good!

Tie mask combo.

08/14/2020
Enough already!
08/12/2020

Enough already!

Teachers, school staff offered opportunity for children to have all face-to-face learning
08/12/2020
Teachers, school staff offered opportunity for children to have all face-to-face learning

Teachers, school staff offered opportunity for children to have all face-to-face learning

An eastern North Carolina school district is making four days per week in-person classes available to the children of its teachers and staff. The Carteret County Public School System said it relies on the men and women who serve as teachers, staff, and administrators in our schools, and without thei...

Get informed about the school for base and Onslow County Schools!!
08/08/2020

Get informed about the school for base and Onslow County Schools!!

Mark your calendars. We'll be going Facebook Live starting at 1215 on Monday the 10th of August. We will have updates on how the EFMP and School Age Care Programs on base are working towards accomodating families during the school year.

On the 11th at 1000 we will have our local DoDEA Special Education Department on Facebook Live to share how they plan to meet your needs during this unique school year.

Finally, on the 12th at 1300 will will have Onslow County Schools Exceptional Children's Department representatives, The EFMP Family Attorney, and your School Liaison Program to provide updates and answer any questions related to this upcoming school year.

Save the DATES.

#EFMP #EFMPlejeunenewriver #EFMPstrong

Important option!
08/08/2020

Important option!

Occupational Therapy is a drastically under utilized support in school. OT spans the whole child, from executive function skills to fine motor! Please DO NOT let your school talk you out of OT services especially if your child has emotional outbursts, sensory issues, handwriting/scissor skill issues, organizational issues, hand eye coordination issues (like note taking from a board or projector).....these all can have IEP goals to improve and make progress on! If the OT therapist is not attending your meeting request it be explained in the prior written notice. Ask for fidelity check list to ensure your OT is doing more than grip checks and offering support to the teacher. Make sure one on one time is sourced with accurate minutes! Ensure you request the proper equipment be placed in or close to the classroom to accommodate their needs! And DO NOT let them tell you that OT is NOT needed once they reach high school. Request they be an intragal part of job ready and vocational goals! It is in their name....OCCUPATIONAL! Why wouldn't you need them more in high school to prepare for post secondary options!
https://miss-jaime-o-t-p-c.ck.page/a96b7e5b43

Feminist News
08/07/2020

Feminist News

Mexico will be doing this in the fall.

This is hard for us special moms and dads to do! Lets try it!
08/02/2020

This is hard for us special moms and dads to do! Lets try it!

Hahaha
08/02/2020

Hahaha

Shared by Nathan Cassady

The Impeccable Plate
08/02/2020

The Impeccable Plate

Wow! Interesting
08/01/2020
Positive Wall Art

Wow! Interesting

Positive wall art to place in a dorm room or a entry way or office to remind you to never give up and that God is still working

😂😅
08/01/2020

😂😅

08/01/2020

Remember in the movie the Giver when they found out other life existed that was not like their ways.
Lets strive for that!

Have you seen this show yet?
08/01/2020
Love on the Spectrum | Netflix

Have you seen this show yet?

Finding love can be hard for anyone. For young adults on the autism spectrum, exploring the unpredictable world of dating is even more complicated.

Lol! Hahaha
08/01/2020

Lol! Hahaha

🎶Oompa loompa, doopity do, wait 'til you see what August has waiting for you...🎶

Lol
08/01/2020

Lol

Lol
07/31/2020

Lol

😂😂😂😂

Can we talk? Whats causing the disruption in our communites during Covid and before? Its people who have chosen to focus...
07/30/2020

Can we talk? Whats causing the disruption in our communites during Covid and before? Its people who have chosen to focus on the negative! We have to flipped the script my friends!

It goes deeper than this one story.

A Colorado Kindergarten teacher allegedly said the following on social media: I'm so tired of hearing about special needs children...They were re****** before COVID and they’ll still be re****** after...Do you really think they will be any different after staying a year at home with their parents...Sorry, you f***** got pregnant and had a re****** kid. Your problem not mine. And yes, I’m a f****** teacher.

Of course, this is despicable. The school board is moving towards dismissing him.

Still, special needs parents are posting the story. Why?

Because it goes deeper than just one man’s words.

You see, most people don’t make outwardly horrendous comments like these about our kids.

They are much more subtle.

It’s the in-law’s friend who decides to pull you aside and explain why your views on school inclusion are wrong.

It’s the acquaintance who makes you feel guilty for using tax dollars to get services for your child.

It’s the online commenter who says you did society a disservice by choosing not to abort.

It’s the disapproving stares from the old man at the store.

Do you see what I’m getting at?

It’s not just this one man’s words. It’s that over the years we have received a similar message from strangers and those who are close to us:

Your child is not as worthy as others.
Not worthy of services.
Not worthy of rights.
Not worthy of human dignity.
Not worthy to pursue happiness.
It’s your problem.
It’s their problem.
Not ours.
Deal with it.

I’m not saying these comments are the norm. I can’t speak for the special needs parenting community, but I can tell you that the positive outside encounters with our child have outweighed the negative ones.

But the negative ones are not forgotten.

And when we see something said that’s so egregious like the statement above, those old memories come rushing back.

Do you know why so many special needs parents are posting this teacher’s words? Because we know the truth- they are simply a symptom of a collective illness.

Thanks to the tireless work of advocates, society has improved for our children with disabilities. And yet still has so far to go.

Part of the cure is knowing this- a different life is not a less than life.

Our children are worthy.
Of rights.
Of extra support.
Of inclusion.
Of dignity.
Of growth.
Of the pursuit of happiness.

Why? Because they are human. Fully human. Like me. Like you.

We know that. We want you to know it too.

Get the free ebook- “5 Spiritual Comforts for Special Needs Parents”⬇️

https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5df181b3154bd20026a1aeaa

Disability Rights North Carolina
07/30/2020
Disability Rights North Carolina

Disability Rights North Carolina

⚠️The fourth COVID relief bill permits immunity from suit for a wide swath of public and private entities, including potentially public schools and many types of congregate care living facilities, for personal injury caused by exposure to the virus.

Immunity provides no incentive to improve conditions that result in avoidable infection and death.

This will put the lives of people with disabilities at risk as many do not have a choice about where they receive services. Please complete this form to tell Congress to drop the plans to give immunity protection!

For the sake of all of us, keep fighting for disability rights | Letters
07/27/2020
For the sake of all of us, keep fighting for disability rights | Letters

For the sake of all of us, keep fighting for disability rights | Letters

Thirty years ago this weekend, the Americans with Disabilities Act broke down barriers for people with all types of disabilities, opening access to transportation, education, recreation, business and employment.

HealthMatter Program has. YouTube Channel with a lot if relevant topics about our special needs community!
07/26/2020

HealthMatter Program has. YouTube Channel with a lot if relevant topics about our special needs community!

HealthMatters™ Program is an evidence-based health promotion program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
🖥️ Webinar topics 💻
*Hospitalized People with IDD Need their Caregivers
*Health Matters Now More than Ever: The Triple Burden of Disease for People with IDD
* Shifting Services in Community-Based Organizations: Meeting the Needs of People with IDD
* Employment Resilience: People with IDD are Critical Frontline
Workers
Please find the Times , Dates and Registration for COVID-19 Webinar Series here: http://ow.ly/Biw850AHysA

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We have delivered speeches at the local Board Of Education as well as the legislative committees. We served as a parent liaison for the local exceptional children’s division. We also organized and developed over 12 free workshops for parents and professionals of special needs children. The forums and workshops offered by SEAL where educational and informative with various categories from writing effective individual education plans, positive behavior support and inclusion. We learned about laws governing special education and learned to become advocates for our students and children. We provided on-site childcare for the parents during those workshops. We received training from STOMP (specialized training of military parents), Family Support Network of the Crystal Coast and The Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC). We became a voice for the disabled population, while initiating positive changes within the local schools and community

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The UCLA-Duke ASAP Center for Trauma-Informed Suicide, Self-harm, & Substance Abuse Treatment & Prevention (https://www.asapnctsn.org/) is seeking partners to serve on a Family Advisory Board and a Youth Advisory Board. The goal of the Advisory Boards will be to provide feedback on ASAP Center programs and future directions. The Advisory Boards will consist of youth and family members with lived experience related to traumatic stress, suicide, and/or substance use. The first Family Advisory Board virtual meeting is on September 9th from 6pm-7pm. Contact: Adrienne Inscoe at: [email protected] if you are interested in a role as an advisory partner. More Background Information: The ASAP Center is focused on the development, dissemination, and implementation of treatments for suicide, self-harm, and substance use. As a partner in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (https://www.nctsn.org/), our goal is to ensure that the treatments that we develop are trauma-informed and reach youth and families who have been affected by trauma. Advisory Board member responsibilities will include: · Participation in semi-annual virtual Advisory Board meetings (60-90 minutes) · Reviewing and providing feedback on ASAP Center programs for suicide, self-harm, and substance use · Providing feedback on how to ensure that interventions reach youth and families affected by trauma We hope to involve youth and families who are interested in an ongoing commitment to informing the future directions of the ASAP Center. Damie Jackson-Diop (she/her/hers) The Resiliency Collaborative, Raleigh NC Community Research & Training Partner 336-215-6422 www.resiliencycollaborative.org
What, Where, Why, and When must a Special Needs Trust Be Reported to Government Agencies? One of the most common questions attorneys are asked after drafting a Special Needs Trust (“SNT”) is, “do I have to tell Social Security and Medicaid about the trust?” The short answer is yes. Of course, the longer answer is more complicated. Reporting requirements may be different depending on the type of trust, the type of benefit the beneficiary receives, and the state in which the beneficiary lives. There are two basic categories of SNTs. The first type of SNT is the third party SNT – one that is drafted as part of an estate plan where a beneficiary of that plan is receiving government assistance. The purpose of such planning is to allow the special needs beneficiary to inherit funds, in trust, and not lose Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) or Medicaid benefits. This SNT is called a “third party SNT” because the money in the trust is from a third party – someone other than the beneficiary. The second type of SNT is one that is created when a special needs beneficiary owns assets that he or she is putting into the trust. This might occur if the special needs beneficiary was injured and receives a personal injury award, or when he or she is the beneficiary of assets such as life insurance or a retirement account and a third party trust was not previously set up to receive those assets. We call this trust a “first party SNT.” The purpose of both types of SNTs is to enable the recipient of certain government assistance programs to maintain those benefits while still permitting the trustee of the SNT to spend money for the benefit of the beneficiary. It may seem odd that the SNT and the assets it owns must be reported to the public benefits agencies. It is not odd because when an individual accepts SSI and/or Medicaid benefits he or she agrees to inform the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) and state Medicaid agency about any changes in his or her financial situation. A beneficiary of an SNT has a financial interest in the trust, even though the beneficiary has no direct access to the money, accounts, real estate, or other assets titled in the name of the SNT. Typically, any change to one’s financial situation must be reported no later than ten days after the end of the month in which the change occurred. Some Medicaid agencies may have a shorter reporting time requirement – usually ten days after the change occurred. An SNT might also need to be reported to the agency providing public or subsidized housing. Distributions from the SNT might impact the amount and availability of those benefits. The drafting attorney likely drafted a Special Needs Trust that complies with all of the requirements to ensure that the assets in the trust will not be counted, and thus the beneficiary will remain eligible for government assistance; however, it is the agencies that provide those benefits that get to make that decision. The SNT must be reported even if there was a hearing in court and the judge approved the SNT. Who has the obligation and authority to report the SNT? Some trusts will be clear about who has the responsibility to report the SNT. However, most trusts are silent on this issue. Typically, the beneficiary of the SNT, his representative payee, or his guardian has the responsibility to keep the Social Security Administration apprised about changes in the beneficiary’s financial situation. Or one of them may direct the trustee to do so. In some states, state law dictates who is responsible for reporting to the various agencies. When does it have to be reported? If the SNT does not own any assets because it will be funded with assets after someone dies, there is no reason to report the SNT because the beneficiary’s financial situation has not changed. However, when assets are titled in the name of the SNT, the trust and all of the assets that are titled to that trust must be disclosed to the SSA if the person is receiving SSI, and may need to be reported to the state Medicaid agency as well. Generally, this must be done within ten days after the end of the month in which the trust is funded. Some public housing agencies require that the trust or trust distributions be reported on the annual recertification forms. There may be ongoing reporting requirements as well. Therefore, a trustee of an SNT must keep excellent and detailed records of the use of the funds. At some point the trustee will probably have to provide an accounting of the use of the SNT assets to the agencies that provided government benefits, to the beneficiary, to a court, or to those who will receive the assets in the SNT after the primary beneficiary passes away. A trustee cannot be too prepared or too organized when it comes to a administering an SNT! What must be reported? Generally, a copy of the trust and the initial inventory must be sent to any agency that is providing a needs-based benefit to the beneficiary. The state Medicaid agency where the trust beneficiary receives benefits may or may not require a third party SNT to be reported. A trust must be reported to Medicaid and the SSA when assets or accounts are titled to that trust. The attorney who drafted the SNT can provide information about the best way to report the SNT and its funding. It is always best to include a cover letter to each of the agencies explaining that the trust being provided is an SNT and the assets it owns should not be counted as belonging to the SNT beneficiary. Also, it is important to reference the social security number of the beneficiary and, if the SNT is also being reported to the Medicaid agency, the beneficiary’s Medicaid number should be included. This will allow the agencies to make sure the information is saved in the correct file. Keep a copy of your letter and proof that you mailed it in case you need to prove at some later time that you did report the trust. Finally, if the SSA or Medicaid notifies the beneficiary or the trustee that the assets in the SNT and the income it earns will be counted and not excluded, and that the individual’s public benefits will stop as a result, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. There are very short time frames in which to appeal to avoid loss of benefits. Do not procrastinate! About this Article: We hope you find this article informative, but it is not legal advice. You should consult your own attorney, who can review your specific situation and account for variations in state law and local practices. Laws and regulations are constantly changing, so the longer it has been since an article was written, the greater the likelihood that the article might be out of date. SNA members focus on this complex, evolving area of law. To locate a member in your state, visit Find an Attorney. Requirements for Reproducing this Article: The above article may be reprinted only if it appears unmodified, including both the author description above the title and the “About this Article” paragraph immediately following the article, accompanied by the following statement: “Reprinted with permission of the Special Needs Alliance – www.specialneedsalliance.org.” The article may not be reproduced online. Instead, references to it should link to it on the SNA website.
Come join us TONIGHT December 12th for Special Needs Night were they have given us an extra hour to play (5p-7p)and special needs siblings also get the special pricing of $2.99. Please share
Does anyone here co-teach or team teach? If so, do you have any great lesson plans that you have used that were successful that you could share? Grades 6-12 are the targeted levels I am interested in. Thanks!
If you know of any lesson or educational websites that could be useful in your professional experience, I would appreciate learning about them. I am working on my Autism graduate certification, and for an assignment I need to do a lesson plan (either for self contained or inclusion) for any grade level and subject. Any lesson examples are very welcomed.