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New Funding Available through Developmental Pathways
From Barb Komdat, Director of
Community Outreach: Developmental Pathways has created a new Community Outreach department to address the needs of individuals registered with our agency who are on our waitlists but receiving no state or federally funded programs through Pathways. If this is you or someone you know, contact Bobbye Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 303-858-2320 for more information. If you have more immediate questions, please feel free to contact either of us at the numbers or address listed below.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Barb Komdat, Director of Community Outreach
303-858-2327 Direct Line
Deb Bosch, Associate Director of Community Outreach
303-858-2004 Direct Line
PEAK Parent Center Conference on Inclusive Education
When: February 7-8, 2013
Where: The DoubleTree by Hilton Denver: 3201 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207.
Registration is open for the 2013 Conference on Inclusive Education! We expect the 2013 Conference to sell out, so don't delay, register today! You can check out the registration rates for 2013 here. Early Registration rates expire January 11, 2013. Our annual conference holds the tools you need to reinvent schools to be places where all students can achieve success.
SWAAAC Summer Symposium 2013: Interdisciplinary Augmentative Alternative Communication
June 3 & 4, 2013
Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, Colorado
Creating positive educational outcomes for children with complex communication needs requires interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. The 2013 Summer Symposium will feature 3 tracks of professional development to address a variety of interdisciplinary AAC service prospectives.
Workshop presenters include: Kelly Waugh, Michelle Lange, Becky Breaux, Paul Visvader, Jennifer Leonisio, Erica Brandstatter, Shelly Elfner, Rhonda Johns, Heather Lyons and Kelly Fonner.
Please save the date and watch for updates at www.swaaac.com (StateWide Assistive Technology, Augmentative and Alternative Communication) or www.assistivetechnologypartners.org.
Social Security Announces New Compassionate Allowances Conditions
Fast Track Disability Process Will Now Include 200 Conditions
Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, recently announced 35 additional Compassionate Allowances conditions are in effect, bringing the total number of conditions in the expedited disability process to 200. Compassionate Allowances are a way to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security's standards for disability benefits. The program fast-tracks disability decisions to ensure that Americans with the most serious disabilities receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years. These conditions primarily include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children.
By definition, these conditions are so severe that Social Security does not need to fully develop the applicant's work history to make a decision. As a result, Social Security eliminated this part of the application process for people who have a condition on the list.
For more information on the Compassionate Allowances initiative, along with a list of qualifying conditions, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.
Grandparents of Kids with Special Needs
Website and other resources
Visit http://gksn.org/ to connect with other grandparents of children with special needs through email or Facebook; post pictures of your grandchildren or ways you have supported them; or follow the links to additional resources.