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8/29/2019

Building Back-to-School Confidence: Tools & Tips

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How to Get Your Child to Talk About School

5 Topics to Go Over With Teachers Early in the School Year

Lunchbox Notes to Help Your Child Build Confidence

Apps to Help Kids Manage Back-to-School Challenges

Things Not to Say About Going Back to School

A program of nonprofit organization National Center for Learning Disabilities, Understood.org is a resource and community supporting parents of kids with learning and attention issues through personalized resources, tools and expert access.

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8/26/2019

DIDD Enabling Technology Program - Model Homes


The Department of Intellectual &Developmental Disabilities currently has two Enabling Technology Model Homes.  These homes are located in Nashville on the former Clover Bottom Developmental Center campus and in Greeneville on the former Greene Valley Developmental Center campus.  These homes are designed to showcase the variety of residential technology options available to support a person to live more independently and also provide greater freedom to control their living environment through the use of sensors, remote supports and smart devices. 

These homes are available for individual and group guided tours.  To schedule a tour at one of the Enabling Tech Homes, please complete this tour request form, and a DIDD technology champion in the region will work to schedule a date and time that works best for you.

In these videos, DIDD East Tech Champion Milton Neuenschwander demonstrates some of the ways Enabling Technology can be used in a residential setting.

Click here for the Video Tours and to schedule a tour.

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8/24/2019

Free Webinar on the Proposed Katie Beckett Program

DIDD and TennCare have put together a presentation on the proposed Katie Beckett program (also called “Amendment 40”), and are holding a webinar on Thursday, August 29th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. central (6:00-8:00 pm Eastern) for families and any stakeholders who would like to know more about the proposed program. The purpose of this webinar is to explain the details of the proposed program, which should help folks feel more comfortable with offering public comment on it.  It should also help folks better understand the two parts of the proposed program (Part A and Part B), services offered, and other key details.  

Below are the webinar details: 

More ways to join

Join by video system:

Join by phone:

  • +1-415-655-0003 US TOLL 
  • Access code: 643 400 050 

Please feel free to share with anyone who may be interested!

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7/30/2019

Reading Struggles? 8 Reasons Kids Might Read Slowly






 

6 Essential Skills for Reading Comprehension

 

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Community Picks: 13 Books for Struggling Readers

 

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A program of nonprofit organization National Center for Learning Disabilities, Understood.org is a resource and community supporting parents of kids with learning and attention issues through personalized resources, tools and expert access.



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7/26/2019

TN Special Education Directors Update

The latest Special Education Directors Update is out from the Tennessee Department of Education.

In this issue:

  • Supplemental IDEA Funds Available
  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD) Assessment Documentation Update
  • RTI2 Framework Manual Release and Training Cancellation
  • Speech-Language Communities of Practice

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7/26/2019

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Update

The latest update is out from the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

In this issue:

  • Youth Leadership Academy was a Success!
  • Moving on up! Five graduate from Blue Cross Blue Shield Project SEARCH in Chattanooga
  • Telecommunications Devices Access Program
  • Art Exhibit: Breaking Ground III
  • On-the-job training: Project SEARCH at Amerigroup recruiting in Nashville
  • Recruiting Volunteer Advocates
  • Listen Up! Free Teleaudiology Services
  • Disability Health Professional Study
  • Save the Date: TN Siblings Conference, Nov. 9, Nashville
  • Paid Opportunity to Test Assistive Technology for People with Motor Speech Disorders
  • Share Your Input
  • By 8/15 - Weigh in on Disability Rights TN Areas of Work

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7/22/2019

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Update

The latest update is out from the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

In this issue:

  • A Note from the Policy Director
  • Tenne
  • Bill Signing Ceremony for "Take Me Home" 
  • Rural Health Policy Updates
  • Opportunities for You
  • Managing Your Money
  • Survey: Fair Housing in Tennessee
  • Webinar: Healthcare Decisions
  • Parent to Parent USA Surveying Families about Supported Decision-Making
  • Family Voices Wants Your Healthcare Story
  • Federal Policy Update
  • House of Representatives Votes to End Subminimum Wage for Workers with Disabilities
  • Bills in the 116th Congress
  • Other Recent News from the Council

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7/12/2019

TN Special Education Directors Update

The latest Special Education Directors Update is out from the Tennessee Department of Education.

In this issue:

  • Did you Know: RTI2 Pitfalls
  • Speech-Language Communities of Practice
  • IDEA IEP Self-Monitoring for School Year 2019-20

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7/9/2019

Prime Day is July 15 & 16 - Shop and Support STEP

You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on July 15 & 16.  Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/62-1739593 and AmazonSmile donates to Support and Training for Exceptional Parents Inc. 

It's Super Easy to shop on-line with AmazonSmile and it works exactly like its sister site, Amazon.com.

  1. Simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.
  2. Select Support And Training For Exceptional Parents Inc. from the list of charitable organizations before you start to shop or use this direct link smile.amazon.com/ch/62-1739593
  3. Make your purchases and feel great knowing you just helped STEP earn cash!
  4. Bookmark smile.amazon.com/ch/62-1739593 to support STEP each time you shop anytime during the year.
  5. Attention iPhone or iPad Users - You cannot use AmazonSmile with the Amazon App on the iPhone or iPad. However, you can set up a shortcut that will work like the app.
    • Open Safari and type smile.amazon.com in the web address field at the top. AmazonSmile will open.
    • Touch the share button (looks like a box with an arrow) to the left of the website address.
    • Touch Add to Home Screen
    • Touch Add
    • You're ready to shop!
  6. Attention Android Users - As of July 5, 2019 AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping App to all AmazonSmile customers using supported Android devices. Click here for instructions to turn on AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping App for your Android device.

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7/3/2019

Math Is Everywhere! Supporting Math Skills in Infants and Toddlers

Early math skills are essential to children’s school readiness and later learning. The National Center on Early ChildhoodDevelopment, Teaching, and Learning, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is hosting “Math is Everywhere: SupportingMath Skills in Infants and Toddlers” on July 11 from 3–4 p.m. EDT. The webinar will explore research on infants and toddlers’ early understanding of math concepts and discuss ways to support children's early math skills during the activities they do every day. Sign up for the webinar here.







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