School Preparation For Children with Special Needs

Transitions аrе very difficult fоr most сhildrеn with special needs to mаkе аnd gоing to sсhооl prераrаtiоn mау bе one of the mоѕt challenging оnе thеrе iѕ. Preparing these сhildren fоr change саn be timе-соnѕuming and emotionally drаining for any family. Wе аll hope for a ѕtrеѕѕ-frее аnd easy ѕhift into a nеw ѕсhооl rоutinе […]

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Ensuring a carefree flight for your child

Ensuring a carefree flight for your child

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Visual Guides for Travelling with children and individuals with autism

Air travel creates unique challenges for children and individuals with autism as well as their families and travel companions. We at Aer Lingus are committed to making each flight enjoyable for all our guests and have partnered with the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support to assist individuals with autism to better understand the […]

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Happiness in a special needs family

This inspiring TED talk by Para-Olympian, Karni Liddell, has really got a lot of people thinking about how we look at disability. She begins by drawing our attention to the conversations so many parents-to-be have when they are asked “What do you want to have – a boy or a girl?” and the socially-acceptable answer […]

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Air Travel Guide for Children with Intellectual Disability

Air Travel Guide for Children with Intellectual Disability

We have traveled with Mitra to more than 8 countries – from Spain to Thailand and from Russia to India. There have been a lot of challenges during many of these trips when we had no idea how a trip with a challenging child would be different. There was a lot of stress, crying, screaming and exhaustion. We tried […]

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Special Needs Apps

Assistive Communication Android Apps for Children with Intellectual Disability

Assistive Communication Apps (AAC Apps) can be incredibly powerful tools to help a child who is not able to speak learn to communicate with those around him.  These apps are used for children who have difficulty using speech to convey their thoughts and ideas.  For those children, an alternative means of communication could be beneficial. […]

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Canada just got its first autism-friendly hotel and it’s awesome

Having a quiet room while vacationing can have a deep meaning for people with autism, and Hotel Port Aux Basques is the first in the country to offer accommodations specifically designed for those with the condition. The idea was born “after meeting with some of the parents who described how difficult it was travelling with their children […]

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The First-Ever Nonverbal Talk Show Host

According to the National Autism Association, about 40 percent of autistic children do not have the ability to talk. Although some will eventually develop speaking skills, some will never use language in a meaningful way. Others will use picture cards or sign language, and some learn to communicate through written or typed language. One inspiring woman with nonverbal […]

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World Autism Awareness Day

What is Autism Awareness Day? World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day on the 2nd of April every year, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about children with autism throughout the world. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution “62/139. What is Light […]

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Airport Sensory Room for Passengers with Special Needs

Shannon Airport in Ireland has officially opened Europe’s first airport sensory room for passengers with special needs. The sensory room, located off the airport’s Departure Lounge, is intended to offer a “relaxing environment” for passengers ahead of flying and is aimed at children and adults with neurodevelopmental challenges, including autism. Airport operations director Niall Maloney urged other airports to […]

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