Office administrative office will be closed for training

Our administrative office will be closed for training, beginning the morning of 4/19, reopening Monday 4/26/2021. We will be checking our emails periodically throughout the week and responding to any urgent matters as needed. You may also call our main office number at 877-315-8080 if there is an emergency, and someone will return your call…

How first responders command the emergency: When someone with special needs goes missing

The call comes into the police department for a missing person. Sometimes it’s regarding an adult who didn’t show up for work. It might be a teenager who has run away from home. It might be a child who got separated from their parents while on an outing. Police train for these kinds of missing…

Keep Your Relationship Strong: 8 Tips for Military Parents Raising Children With Special Needs

Research shows raising a child with special needs can test a marriage. As a military family you have a strong foundation to work from, but the ability to depend on one another and teamwork are key. With determination, communication and the tips below, you can keep your relationship strong and your family thriving. Both you…

The Exceptional Family Member Program: A Program for Families With Special Needs

When your family member has special needs, you have an extra roster of must-do’s to be a good guardian of your family. The Exceptional Family Member Program, EFMP, offers many services for military families. Here are just a few of the ways it can help guide you to the resources your family needs to thrive. What…

Encourage the Autism and I/DD Community to be Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccination

As the leading non-profit corporation focused on advocating for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio, Disability Rights Ohio and its partners urge the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to consider its recommendations as it formulates the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. While DRO and its partners is encouraged that Phase…

Parent-teacher relationship in special education transforms during COVID

Distance learning for children with autism and ADHD: challenges and optimism Patricia Schetter’s youngest son is a high school senior, attending classes online like so many students this year due to COVID-19. Distance learning is a challenge for some students with autism, but there’s optimism, too. “He’s like, ‘Mom, I just want to go back…

Office Closed in observance of Thanksgiving

Our office will be closed Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th to observe the Thanksgiving holiday. We assure you that all emails will be answered as soon as possible when we return to the office on Monday the 30th. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Our spotlight BCBA is Adell Valasek

Adell Valasek-BCBA I have been in education since 1999 working with students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities. I am the supervisor of the autism program at Burlington County Special Services in Westampton, NJ. I have a teacher certification, supervisor certification, principal certification, BCBA certification. Masters of Science and Masters of Education degrees…

Job Opening in Watertown, NY. (Fort Drum, NY area)

Our spotlight BCBA is Sarah Rosenthal

Sarah Rosenthal received her undergraduate degree in social work. She began working with special needs youth by running a Summer Youth Employment Program by providing special needs teens a work experience throughout the community. It was a very fulfilling job to assist these teens in developing skills to lead independence. She then went on to…