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November 2017 Edition
Helpful Tips for the End of the Semester

Archived:  August 2017 Edition
Cut Yourself a Break - Holiday Respite Options 
by Erica Dennison, Special Projects' Manager

It's that time of year for pumpkin pie, snow angels, snuggling with a blanket, and holiday breaks. This holiday season, consider arranging respite to give yourself a breather from being a caregiver.
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Meeting Madness
by Nancy Bowden, Director of Advocacy
At times, working with the public school system may feel challenging for parents and educational surrogates whose child has special needs.  Consider, how overwhelming is it to be told by school and/or District personnel that they do not feel your child would qualify as a child with a disability, and then they proceeded to direct you away from a Determination of Eligibility?  
Tips to Manage Holiday Stress 
adapted from last year's similar article and supplemented by
Hanni Raley, Director of Systems Advocacy
Being the person in charge of another human being has some incredible benefits.  You are there for the happy moments, the triumphs, the goals that are met, the heart-melting smiles and giggles.  However, being that person is not always an easy task, especially during the holidays.  In addition to the good times, there are also frustrating, sad and incredibly stressful times. 
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All Things Fun: Sensory Toys
by Jeff Fernengel, Advocate

The holidays will be here before you know it, so why not give the gift of a sensory toy?  A child's interest in toys is ultimately based on his/her senses and what he/she finds intriguing and motivating about the toy.
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Small but Mighty - The Arc of Aurora Changes Lives! 
by Erica Dennison, Special Projects' Manager

Did you know we are an organization of only six employees? Watch the video below to learn everything we do on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

If the video pulled on your heartstrings,  CLICK HERE to pull on ours!

Also, we have entered this video in a storytelling competition.  Help us win the competition's $2000 prize.  Here's how to vote... no sign up necessary:
2. Click on the blue rectangle button under The Arc of Aurora's video with the word ADVOCACY on it
3. Vote once a day until November 20!

Stay Home and Shop Online - You're Too Good Looking to Have to Search for a Parking Spot
by Erica Dennison, Special Projects' Manager

Can you believe it's already November? With the holidays approaching, you'll probably spend more time online shopping for that perfect gift. While you shop, why not help The Arc of Aurora as well!

When you shop on Amazon, start at Amazon Smile  and select The Arc of Aurora as the charitable organization you want to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchase to The Arc of Aurora. 

Thanks for the support and making us SMILE !

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