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Conducting an IEP Meeting
Individuals With Disabilities Act
IDEA ACT - A Quick Reference
IDEA Legal Text
Family Finances
Recommended Resources
Introduction to Universal Housing Design
Housing options
Building a New House ~ That Works!
Introduction to Universal Housing Design
Entrances and Thresholds
Single Family Home Resources
Remodeled Bathroom
Ceiling Lifts
Problem Spaces
Adding a Ramp
Good Restroom
Not So Good Restrooms
Great Space Adaptions
Not So Great Adaptations
Ramp Design
Ramp Design (Part 2)
Commercial Ramps
Public Access Ramps
Adding a Ramp
Retrofit Door Sill Ramp
Medical Bills
Filing an Appeal
Medical Expenses and Income Taxes
Finding Help for the Uninsured or Underinsured
Free or Discounted Prescription Programs
Medicaid Waivers
Legal Adults - Introduction
Guardianship and Declaration of Incapacitation
Establishing Guardianship and Obtaining a Declaration of Incapacitation
Dependency Determination (Military)
When to Start the Transition Process
Begin Transition - Age 14-16
Exploring Possibilities and Guardianship Issues - Age 17
Age 18
After High School Graduation - Age 19-22
Post High School Education Options
Future Housing Options
Specialized Medical Equipment
Wheelchair Evaluation
Wheelchair Safety
Introduction: Special Needs and the Military Family
DEERS & ID Cards
Dependency Determination
TriCare Introduction
TriCare Program Options
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Individual Case Management
TriCare Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)
Early Intervention
Housing Options
Family Support Services
Community Contacts
Letters of Medical Sufficiency
Wheelchair Accessible Vans
Van Conversion: A good Example
Fund Raising - The Flamingo Air Project
Utah DSPD Complaint List Winter 2011



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2016 March - "Looking to Relocate"

2016 February - "Income Taxes and the Special Needs Family"

2016 January - "Research Programs and Services State-by-State"


2015 November - "Wheelchair Accessible Vans Part 2: Purchasing"

2015 October - "Wheelchair Accessible Vans Part 1: What's Right For You"

2015 September - "Early Planing = Holiday Fun"

2015 August - "Sharpening Your Serenity Skills"

2015 July - "Form DD 137 Made Easier (Sort of)"

2015 May - "Medications"

2015 April - "Grump Busting"

2015 March - "Making Time for Dating"

2015 February - "11 Benefits of Support Groups"

2015 January - "Writing Your Elected Officials"


2014 April - "A year of Grump Busting"

2014 March - "Creating a Documented Timeline""

2014 February - "Disability Sensitivity: Accessibility Helps for Leaders"

2014 January - "New Years Resolution"


2013 June - "How To Offer Services That Special Needs Families Can Actually Use"

2013 May - "Military Dependent ID Cards: Managing the Paperwork"

2013 April - "Ability vs. Disability"

2013 March - "Sensitivity Activity"

2013 February - "Making the Transition to College and Career"

2013 January - "Banishing the Grumpmeister"


2012 October - "Comfort Kits for Special-Needs Children"

2012 September - "Medical Sufficiency Letters Revisited"


2011 November - "Surviving the Holidays"

2011 October - "Don't Toss That Last Year's IEP!"

2011 September - "The Yearly IEP"

2011 August - "Transition Planning for the Future"

2011 July - "Permanent Change of Station Moves"

2011 June - "Putting Some "Zip" Into Summer"

2011 May - "Alaska Assistance Dogs and PTSD"

2011 April - "Letters of Justification"

2011 March - "If It Isn't On Paper"

2011 February - "How to Testify at a Public Hearing"

2011 January - "Writing Your Elected Officials"


2010 November - "Special Needs Family Readiness for National Guard and Reserve Part II: Military Special Needs Programs"

2010 October - "Special Needs Family Readiness for National Guard and Reserve Part I"

2010 September - "How to Apply for Private Funding"

2010 August - "Funding Sources: Finding Financial Assistance"

2010 June - "Enjoying a Relaxed Summer"

2010 May - "Dependancy Determination"

2010 April - "Ramp Basics"

2010 March - "Guardianship and Declaration of Incapacitation"

2010 February - "Massage Therapy for Individuals With Medical Needs and Disabilities"

2010 January - "Income Taxes and the Special Needs Family"


2009 December - "Avoiding the Christmas Crazies"

2009 November - "Battling Winter Time Boredom"

2009 October - "Submitting a Preauthorization Request for a Power Wheelchair Purchase"

2009 September - "Medical Sufficiency Letters Simplified"

2009 August - "Funding Wheelchair Accessible Vans and Lift Conversions"

2009 July - "What to do if an Application is Denied"

2009 June - "Benefits and Services Part II"

2009 May - "Benefits and Services Part I"

2009 April - "How to File an Appeal"

2009 March - "Wheelchair Etiquette"

2009 February - "Learning to Drive"

2009 January - "Accessibility in Architecture"


2008 December - "A Very Merry Recession Christmas"

2008 November - "Universal Housing Dilemma (Part 2)"

2008 October - "Universal Housing Dilemma"

2008 September - "What to Expect During an Initial Speech, Language and Feeding Evaluation"

2008 August - "Back to School"

2008 June - "Underinsured or Uninsured"

2008 May - "Two Programs Every Parent Should Apply For"

2008 April - "Managing Medical Claims: Part II (What to Do When a Medical Claim Is Denied)"

2008 March - "Managing Medical Claims: Part I (The Insurance Company)"

2008 February - "Finding Services and Support Systems"

2008 January - "Parenting Guidelines for Parents of Autistic Children"


2007 December - "Keeping Christmas"

2007 November - "Adventures in Assistive Technology"

2007 October - "How Much Do We Really Spend?"

2007 September - "Don't Let it Rust"

2007 August - "IEP Team Members"

2007 July - "Care Plans"

2007 June - "The Annual Family Vacation"

2007 May - "The Savvy Medical Consumer"

2007 April - "Resource Links ~ How To..."

2007 March - "Moms (and Dads) Need Time-Out Too!"

2007 February - "Managing Family Shopping"

2007 January - "Grab-and-Go Bags"


2006 December - "Getting Ready For A Hospital Stay: A Parent's Perspective"

2006 November - "After Outpatient Surgery"

2006 October - "Paying For Your New Wheelchair"

2006 September - "Purchasing A Power Wheelchair"

2006 August - "Headed Back to School"

2006 July - "10 Lessons Learned on Vacation"

2006 June - "The "Dreaded" Family Vacation"

2006 May - "Dental Care for the Disabled"

2006 April - "Walkers, Leg Braces, and Home Safety"

2006 March - "Website Reliability"

2006 February - "Letter Writing and the Military Family"

2006 January - "Can I Really Make a Difference?"