Augcomm New Jersey: augmentative communication meeting

Augcomm New Jersey is being produced by Eric Jager, who I’ve met. He’s a parent and skilled in meeting and event planning (at the big-boy level). I’m sure this will be a well-planned event with useful information for participants. Registration is now open for Augcomm New Jersey, a forum on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) […]

Rick’s first fundraiser finishes on 4/9

Here’s a short link to one of my other blogs, Watch Rick Train. I’m raising money all year for Reed Academy, starting with the Tough Mudder in Pennsylvania tomorrow and finishing with Ironman Florida in November. My goal is $140,000. This is the start. Thanks for your support; I’ll post updates at the WRT blog.

Parents: welcome to bad parts of SpEd world

Apparently No Child Left Behind is failing because it’s revealing that schools are leaving children behind. And so schools, rather than contemplate that they’re not doing well, are suggesting that goals be changed so that they can succeed. Seriously? They’re going to change the rules because the schools are failing? Isn’t that exactly the point […]

Have you bought “Your Baby Can Read”?

It’s come to my attention from a friend, classmate, and father of a child on the spectrum that the “Your Baby Can Read” program was recently exposed (challenged, to be sure) as a likely fraud. It was the subject of a segment on the Today Show about a week ago. Here’s the clip: Apparently this […]

Tell us about your health insurance

Since the passage and effectiveness of New Jersey’s autism insurance bill, I have been struck by the odd circumstance of it being so difficult to figure out if you have coverage under the law. It took a while, but I finally created a system to share information about the health insurance benefits provided by our […]

Making enemies of parents and teachers

This post on paying for our own professionals from rickcolosimo.com was sparked by a health-care editorial, related to prohibitions on sharing legal fees with non-lawyers, and now belongs here. The phrase “doctors and patients as enemies” is what knocked me over in the reposted editorial by Milton Friedman. Is there anyone who doubts that very […]

Comprehensive medical record planning

This article on the VA’s electronic records experience should be energizing autism service providers around the country, but I fear that it isn’t. The doctors involved have their own electronic records issues, and they’re almost certainly uncomfortable with anything that could make them responsible for inappropriate disclosures of information to non-medical providers, HIPAA releases notwithstanding. […]

Special event honoring Catherine Maurice

Every parent of a child on the spectrum knows the name Catherine Maurice. Her book, “Let Me Hear Your Voice,” is a literary landmark in the field that has touched almost every parent I know. In a rare public appearance made even more rare because it’s parent-driven, Catherine Maurice will be honored by REED Academy […]

The promise of genetics research

< p class=”note”>I have been struggling with the question of whether to keep writing on science issues, particularly since it’s not my area of expertise (even though I’m very fond of thinking about these issues). I’ve decided to compromise and try to write about science and research policies and projects, which are of interest to […]