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Featured: Why your child needs an IHP

Chronic mental and physical health conditions or disabilities can interfere with school participation and achievement; but many of these students do not require an IHP.

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Would Darth Vader please report to the O.R.?

A time that was filled with all the tension and anxiety of a 6-year-old boy who had already had a pretty tough year was transformed into his favorite hospital moment. Read More →

How to help prevent bullying of special needs children

Sixty percent of students with special needs or disabilities report being bullied, compared to 25 percent of the general school population. Read More →

How a grumpy old man cleared the way for me to love my disabled son

Pete altered my perspective on those with disabilities. These were not anomalies of nature, difficult to understand, and best avoided. Read More →

Vista Autism Services and the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation partner to strengthen student career readiness

Vista said that it sees student access to work-based learning – real work experiences at community-integrated worksites – as one of the greatest benefits of the partnership. Read More →

Amazon hosts special STEM event for Penn State Children’s Hospital patients, makes $30K donation

Amazon hosted 13 patients at Penn State Children’s Hospital for a day of surprises and educational activities. Read More →

Kindergarten, and bicycles, and cruising through the bumps

A bicycle is built from flat-out magic, and if you don’t see that, you need to ride more. Read More →

10 things to know about school-based speech therapy

For those who qualify for intervention, treatment can help children meet their highest academic and social potential. Read More →

Words of wisdom for families with a child newly diagnosed with autism

It’s been 12 years since my son was diagnosed with autism. That’s 12 years of doing the best I can to right both his world and mine--not by disregarding his diagnosis, trying to “fix him” or make him be someone he is not--but by learning, advocating and sadly, screwing up. Read More →

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Sun 20

Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair (Virtual)

September 15 @ 10:00 am - September 30 @ 6:00 pm
Sun 20

Laurie Berkner Virtual Family Concert: Pajama Party

September 20 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun 20

The Lion and the Mouse

September 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon 21

Preview Week for the Online Auction to Benefit Simpson Public Library

September 21 @ 9:00 am - September 25 @ 9:00 pm