The IEP Process Explained by an Attorney

Christopher Knauf is the founder of Knauf Associates in Santa Monica, CA. His law firm specializes in disability rights and education-related legal disputes. He has also served as an independent hearing officer for Section 504 special education disputes. Mr. Knauf was kind enough to speak with SpecialNeeds.com and answer some questions about the overall IEP process.

Diabetes on the Rise in Teenagers

According to a study by the CDC published in Pediatrics journal, diabetes is significantly on the rise for teenagers.  Nearly one quarter of American children and adolescents has type 2 diabetes or is developing the disease.

I Was Diagnosed with Diabetes as a Teen

When the doctor came back into the room and told me I was a diabetic, my reaction was similar to being told I had a sinus infection. I expected the doctor to just write me a prescription, and send me on my way, but instead I was on my way to the hospital. I was only 15-years old and knew nothing about what was going on. I had no idea that a few weeks from then I would be stared down by strangers while trying to take my medication.

Nick Jonas on Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Actor and singer Nick Jonas spoke to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien recently about what it has been like for him to live with type 1 diabetes. The star of Broadway’s How to Success in Business without Really Trying was diagnosed with diabetes at age 14 and is very vocal about raising awareness.

Special Needs App of the Day: iBioMed

Developed by the parents of a child with autism and seizures who were looking for a way to make their lives easier, the iBioMed app helps caregivers keep track of their children’s health information--particularly those with complex conditions such as multiple sclerosis, autism, Fragile X syndrome, cerebral palsy, and diabetes. It also gives parents the ability to easily share health records with other family members and other caregivers.

HPV Vaccine Does Not Trigger Autoimmune Issue

Autoimmune reactions have long been a concern connected with Gardisil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It has become common for the vaccine to be recommended to adolescents and young adults to protect against sexually transmitted infections, which can also lead to cervical cancer in females.

Successful Transitions: Parenting Strategies

This is our fourth article our Transition series. The last three articles discussed what transition is and why it matters.