July is Disability Pride Month
I have to admit that I did not realize that July was Disability Pride Month. How did I not know about this??? In my rushed research on the topic, I've learned that this is not a nationally recognized holiday, but it is celebrated nationwide. I learned more through watching some really inspiring media made by people with disabilities for Disability Pride Month. I also learned about a disability rights activist named Emily Ladau who has a podcast and blog on which she discusses the experiences of people with disabilities. She also has a book coming out called Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally. Sounds like a book I'd like to read!
If you'd like to learn more about Disability Pride Month, check out this article from the AFB (American Foundation for the Blind)
Celebrating Disability Pride Month | American Foundation for the Blind (afb.org)
What is a Private Evaluation?
Private evaluations are tools used to assist in identifying your child’s academic, behavioral, or social strengths and challenges. They are conducted by professionals who are not affiliated with your child’s school. As opposed to evaluations provided by the school, with private evaluations, parents are able to:
Hiring an evaluator who specializes in educational assessments is essential. This is especially true if the evaluation results indicate that your child needs specific supports within the educational setting (public or private). Unfortunately, the cost of a private evaluation is not typically covered by insurance; therefore, it’s important that you clearly communicate your expectations and ask the right questions when selecting an evaluator. Here are some questions you may want to ask:
We hope you find this information helpful. If you’d like more information, please contact us. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.
Morin, Amanda (n.d.). Private Evaluations: What You Need to Know. https://www.understood.org/articles/en/outside-evaluations-the-difference-between-private-and-independent
The Understood Team. 13 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Private Evaluator (n.d.), https://www.understood.org/articles/en/checklist-things-to-consider-when-hiring-a-private-evaluator?_sp=14999da0-ce31-4d0c-80d7-7d43dccf3798.1646412264671
We are currently updating our website, but we will be adding new information to our NEWS page soon. In the meantime, I'm adding a link to an article about managing chidrens' anxiety. There's also a PDF included. It's great information. I look forward to more news posts about being mindful of childrens' mental health in the midst of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Parent Tips PDF
Jennifer Barranco, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, Licensed Professional Counselor