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Overdiagnosing autism—Allen Frances – NYPOST.com

Perhaps a third of the huge jump in rates can be explained by three factors: the much-increased public and provider awareness of autism, the much-reduced stigma associated with it and the fact that the definition of autism has been loosened to include milder cases. via Overdiagnosing autism—Allen Frances – NYPOST.com….

You can now view your estimated benefit amounts for Social Security Online

Get Your Social Security Statement Online. After making an account with SSA you will be able to view your estimated disability benefits early retirement benefits, retirement benefits (at 65 and 70) potential children benefits and your family maximum via You can now view your estimated benefit amounts for SOcial Security…

New 8th Circuit Special Education Ruling

T.B., et al. v. St. Joseph School District :: Eighth Circuit :: US Courts of Appeals Cases :: US Federal Case Law :: US Case Law :: US Law :: Justia. home-based program that is not proper under IDEA disqualifies the parents from reimbursement of costs associated with the program…

How to survive until my Social Security benefits are approved: A Multi-Part Series – Pt 1 Medical Care

Almost every single client will at some point ask me how am I expected to get by until my benefits are approved? There is no easy answer, but there are resources that could help you prior to approval. over the course of the next few weeks I will touch on…

ADHD: White Myth or Black Denial – A look at cultural differences in Special Education

I have finally tracked down an old paper I wrote regarding the cultural differences and bias in the classification of children, specifically between ADHD and ED, in Special Education. While this paper is over five years old, that different cultures and minorities are treated differently in the Special Education process…

The Reality of an IEP

I thought long and hard about how to approach this topic without insinuating that parents are doing things wrong and schools are not breaking the law or fighting against giving IEPs. My goal is not to discourage parents from pursuing their legal remedies against a school. Instead, my goal is…

When it’s not Autism, but everyone tries to convince you it is.

With the release of some of the proposed changes to the DSM V regarding the autism Spectrum disorders, I have read a lot on the reaction from the special needs community. I am one of the few who is less concerned over the proposed changes to the definition due to…

Proposed DSM V changes and your disability claim

There is a lot of uproar in the special need/disability community on the upcoming changes in the DSM V (replacing the DSM IV), specifically with the Autism Spectrum disorders. The DSM V proposes removing both the PDD-NOS and Aspergers diagnosis and wraps everything up into one Autism disorder. Many believe…

More on Amelia

Here is a link to another blog, that is linking to many other blogs posting their outrage about Amelia’s treatment. Countering

The Story of Amelia

Social media and blogs have been up in arms over Philadelphia Children’s Hospital’s treatment of 2 yo Amelia Rivera, Parents blog post. Amelia is in need of a kidney transplant. Her family wishes to donate a kidney to her and the hospital has refused to perform the operation because Amelia…