We beleive this opinion essay by Elaine Buschsbaum, former Chair of the New Jersey DD Council, is very thoughtful!
See story of PIP grad Lisa Turner and her husband, incoming PIP student, in the Tulsa World. They discuss frustrations with the OK Health Care Authority and raising their young adult daughter.
You can also join Project Special Courage‘s Facebook page.
OK DHS maintains a web site on board certification for profession as well as the forms that BA graduates professionals must submit.
If you need to speak about an OK practicing behavior analyst or have questions about the field, please contact: Michaela Bishop at (405) 521-6264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may need assistance and coordination with the support you or your family member needs, including those funded by DDSD. The Boggs Center (NJ) on Developmental Disabilities offers this family guide.
Know someone who loves Capt. America, Gonzo or Ariel? The NJ DD Council has written a great story on how one young man translated is character passion into a job.
Att eh DD Council, we are BIG fans of Jon McKnight and his colleagues and many of his books are in our library. Here are some online, free resources:
Community Organizing by John McKnight (2013)
Also see Green’s Person-Centered and Community-Centered Inclusion Work.
TimeBanking is a way of giving and receiving to build supportive networks and strong communities. One hour helping another earns one TimeBank Hour (also called time credits, service credits or time dollars.) TimeBanking builds on the magic of “pay it forward,” one good turn leading to another and another.
Finally, a very BIG resource is the 46 chapter Community Toolbox — worth your time to go through!
Social Security provides a fact sheet and starter kit if you are considering applying for a child (under age 18) to receive Social Security Income (SSI) benefits. This is different from SSDI (disability pay for working adults).
A few things to know before you get started:
Social Security has a strict definition of disability for children.
- The child must have a physical or mental condition(s) that very seriously limits his or her activities; and
- The condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 1 year or result in death.
A state agency makes the disability decision. They will ask for information from medical and school sources and other people who know about the child.
If the state agency needs more information, they will arrange an examination or test for the child, which we will pay for.
Social Security also consider the family’s household income, resources and other personal information.