Guide: Let’s Talk About Health: Health Screenings that Detect Colon Cancer and Lifestyle Choices that May Help Reduce the Risk of Developing it

This comprehensive guide, developed by The Arc of New Jersey, provides information about colon cancer for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers. It helps explain what cancer is, the importance of screenings and early detection, and lifestyle changes that may help reduce one’s risk of developing it.

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Guide: Let’s Talk About Health: Health Screenings that Detect Breast Cancer and Lifestyle Choices that May Help Reduce the Risk of Developing it

This comprehensive guide, developed by The Arc of New Jersey, provides information about breast cancer for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It helps explain what cancer is, the importance of screenings and early detection, and lifestyle changes that may help reduce one’s risk of developing it.

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Video: Gateway to Self-Determination: Self-Advocacy

In this video, produced by the National Gateway to Self Determination, individuals with disabilities describe what self-advocacy is, how it works, why it’s needed, and how one can work to become more self-determined and use self-advocacy in his/her own life.

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Video: Chris Klein: Building Relationships through the Tools of Communication

This video tells a story of how one young man uses Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to perform daily tasks and live independently in his community. It also addresses the misconceptions that people have about those that use AAC.

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Webpage: 25 Great Scholarships for Students on the Autism Spectrum

This webpage presents a list of 25 scholarships available to students on the autism spectrum who are interested in pursuing post-secondary options. It includes the deadline and contact information for each scholarship.

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Webpage: U.S. Department of Labor: Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act

This webpage provides an overview of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, which prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against individuals with disabilities (IWDs), and requires these employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals.

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Website: ACA National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC)

The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) provides cross-disability information and support to Navigators and other enrollment specialists to ensure that people with disabilities receive accurate information when selecting and enrolling in insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces. The project will develop disability-content materials, including a technical assistance guide; a dedicated website that will include all materials as well as state-specific information, resources, and experiences; provide on-going TA to navigators; and will discuss the feasibility of providing “hands-on” technical assistance to navigators and/or their host organizations.

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Article: Exceptional Parent: Planning Ahead For When Your Special Child Turns 18

This article from a March 2010 issue of Exceptional Parent discusses topics that parents may want to consider as children with I/DD approach the age of 18. More specifically, it focuses on decision-making issues and possible government benefits for the adult child.

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Article: Exceptional Parent: Government Benefits for Children with Special Needs

This article from a July 2012 issue of Exceptional Parent provides a list of program that the federal government offers to individuals with disabilities and their families. Additionally, it connects readers to links that they can visit to find out more information about eligibility and the application process.

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Article: UC Davis MIND Institute: Atypical development in the siblings of children with autism is detectable at 12 months

This article discusses the results of a 2014 study, published by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UCLA. The study found that close to half of the younger siblings of children with ASD develop in an atypical fashion. It is estimated that 17 percent of younger siblings develop ASD and 28 percent show delays in areas of development or behavior. Among siblings, these delays can be detected as early as 12 months of age.

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