Special Needs

DOE Offers Guidance on Handling Disputes During Pandemic

by Jessica Fisher • July 3, 2020

Ask any teacher, parent, or student right now and they’ll likely tell you that at-home education during COVID-19 has been a significant challenge. Remote learning is simply not a substitute for learning in the classroom; there are too many things that just can’t be accomplished on a Zoom call. For children with disabilities and their […]


Summer 2020 – How To Make the Best of It

by Jessica Fisher • June 5, 2020

It’s been a really, really, really long spring, hasn’t it? And who among us can’t use a break right about now; especially from our homes?  Not only have we been stuck inside, but also stuck working from home and educating our children at home. That’s a lot of time in one place and cabin fever […]


Staying Safe From The Sun

by Jessica Fisher • May 29, 2020

With Memorial Day behind us, and summer unofficially here, spending more time outdoors and in the sun is likely for most of us. And right now, because indoor socializing has become risky, the safest way to see family and friends will be outside. And let’s face it, fresh air, blue skies and social gatherings, even […]


Protecting the Herd

by Jessica Fisher • May 22, 2020

It’s called “herd immunity,” or “community immunity,” and has been making headlines and into everyday conversation among everyday people. As a society we had become so reliant upon it that unless you were among the vulnerable you didn’t think much about it. For most people it meant no more worrying about measles or polio. For […]


The Struggle is Real. So is the Stigma.

by Jessica Fisher • May 15, 2020

“Suck it up.” “Get a grip.” “Snap out of it.” Anyone who suffers from a mental illness has likely heard these words at some point in their struggle. But what’s offered as well-meaning advice often contributes to the self-doubt and feelings of shame that can come as a result of living with these conditions. If […]


Celebrating Nurses

by Jessica Fisher • May 8, 2020

Approaching each day with dedication, commitment, and compassion are some of the hardest working and trusted among us. Never before have we collectively been reminded of their selflessness and devotion. If there’s ever been a time to recognize and celebrate nurses, this is the year.  As it happens, 2020 is the 200th birthday of Florence […]


May is Vasculitis Awareness Month!

by Jessica Fisher • May 4, 2020

Vasculitis? What is it and why should you care? Indeed vasculitis is a rare disorder, one you may have never heard of and one that you likely will never personally develop. But the disorder includes nearly twenty different rare autoimmune diseases and at some point, you or someone you know or love may be faced […]


The Therapeutic Benefits of Journaling

by Jessica Fisher • April 24, 2020

Journaling. Does the word spark joy or dread? A practice that involves writing down your feelings and experiences on a regular basis. It’s inexpensive and easily accessible, only requiring a pad, a pencil and about 20 minutes of your time. But for many people this idea sounds painful. Writing for some is filled with apprehension […]


Planning is Everything

by Jessica Fisher • April 17, 2020

Save for a house. Save for college. Save for retirement. Save for emergencies. Save for a pandemic? Not what most of us had on our radar, but COVID-19 has in effect become our “rainy day.” Maybe our “rainy year.” It’s been an eye-opening reminder that “expecting the unexpected” is a pretty good idea. Americans were […]


Light it up blue! April is Autism Awareness Month

by Jessica Fisher • April 10, 2020

For almost 50 years April has been recognized as World Autism Month, kicked off on April 2nd with the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. It’s a period each year to focus on positive, respectful and accurate information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), people with autism, the challenges they face and the gifts they possess, all cloaked in the color blue. During […]