Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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I am waiting for a new PC or to get an interim one set up to continue my Livestream. Sorry for the inconveniences, Friends! It's part of being on Disabled Time.
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Sunday, September 5, 2021

04 Sep 2021 Disability and Anxiety/Depression

 


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 SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders 

 https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline


World Health Organization Depression

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression


Self-care interventions for health

https://www.who.int/health-topics/self-care#tab=tab_1


Mental well-being: resources for the public

https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/mental-well-being-resources-for-the-public

Doing What Matters in Times of Stress

https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240003927


#HealthyAtHome - Mental health

https://www.who.int/campaigns/connecting-the-world-to-combat-coronavirus/healthyathome/healthyathome---mental-health


Relationship between Physical Disability and Depression by Gender: A Panel Regression Model

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5130183/


Screening for Depression

https://adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/ask-and-learn/screenings/screening-depression

https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression

You can use this to screen yourself for depression.

Frequent Mental Distress Among Adults, by Disability Status, Disability Type, and Selected Characteristics — United States, 2018

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6936a2.htm


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Friday, September 3, 2021

03 Sep 2021 Disability and Education History



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 Disability History: Educational Reform

https://www.nps.gov/articles/disabilityhistoryedreform.htm


Telling All Americans' Stories

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/tellingallamericansstories/index.htm


Disability History Featured Places

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/tellingallamericansstories/disability-history-places.htm


The Evolution of Special Education

Kelli J. Esteves and Shaila Rao

November/December 2008

Retracing legal milestones in American history. 

https://www.naesp.org/sites/default/files/resources/1/Principal/2008/N-Oweb2.pdf


LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT

https://www.myeducationalsolutions.com/least-restrictive-environment-lre/


Thursday, September 2, 2021

02 Sep 2021 Disability and Public School

 

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There is a lot more to discuss! I spoke mainly about schools in the USA but am open to discussing school in an international context. Here is what I found in two hours of my livestream:


What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?

https://www.understood.org/articles/en/individuals-with-disabilities-education-act-idea-what-you-need-to-know


5 Most Common Learning Disabilities

https://www.masters-in-special-education.com/lists/5-most-common-learning-disabilities/


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Facts For Families Guide

https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/Layout/FFF_Guide-01.aspx?hkey=c2dc89fb-aac1-4308-9297-eedfe7755b92


This resource has a wealth of info on various topics. The ones I talked about tonight are:


School Services for Children with Special Needs: Know Your Rights

No. 83; September 2016

https://www.aacap.org/aacap/families_and_youth/facts_for_families/fff-guide/Services-In-School-For-Children-With-Special-Needs-What-Parents-Need-To-Know-083.aspx


Chronic Illness and Children

No. 19; Updated October 2015

https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/The-Child-With-A-Long-Term-Illness-019.aspx


Talking To Kids About Mental Illnesses

No. 84; July 2017

https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Talking-To-Kids-About-Mental-Illnesses-084.aspx


Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth

No. 122; May 2017

https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/transgender-and-gender-diverse-youth-122.aspx


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I think schools should:


- Allow students at least a 30 minute lunch. My older daughter had 15 minutes for lunch in 5th grade. I know because I ate with her on special occasions.

- Allow students recess twice per school day. I think all high schools should have parks where students can walk, jog or swing at recess, to blow off steam.

- All school systems should integrate mental health care in-school. They should have online therapy available during school hours. 

- All school systems should have a no-bullying policy, on or off campus. This should include colleges and universities. Bullying is abuse. Abuse of any kind should not be tolerated.

- Class sizes should be reduced. Teacher burnout is a sign that classes are too large and paperwork is too much. Reduce homework and reduce teacher workload. 

- Do less testing. Research shows that standardized testing is biased against ethnic groups. Many students suffer from test anxiety.

- Emphasize socialization and working together. Don't tolerate hate speech, name-calling, or making fun of people. Teach students to stand up to this in heathy ways. Have a therapist teach groups about positive communication.

- Make more partnerships between the psychological community and the education community. Child psychologists can show teachers more healthy ways to gain class cooperation.

- Students should have a Bill of Human Rights. Every student deserves a healthy school environment, free of bullying, discrimination, and public health threats. If a school cannot provide a safe environment, students should have a choice to attend remotely.

- Dannis Cole

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

01 Sep 2021 Disability and Homelessness


An attractive Black woman sleeps on a picnic table. By her is an umbrella and a few neat items. A clothesline is near her, tied to one of many trees.

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 People Experiencing Homelessness

https://www.ssa.gov/homelessness/?tl=0


US Interagency Council on Homelessness

https://www.usich.gov/


Case Studies: Connecting Supportive Housing and Health Systems to End Chronic Homelessness among People with Disabilities

https://www.usich.gov/tools-for-action/case-studies-connecting-supportive-housing-and-health-systems-to-end-chronic-homelessness-among-people-with-disabilities


Over 40% of homeless in U.S. have a disability

https://blog.easterseals.com/over-40-of-homeless-in-us-have-a-disability/


DISABILITY OVERVIEW

https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/disability_overview


HUD Releases 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1

Homelessness Increasing Even Prior to COVID-19 Pandemic

https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/hud_no_21_041


HOMELESS

https://www.hud.gov/faqs/homeless


Homelessness Among Individuals with Disabilities: Influential Factors and Scalable Solutions

https://www.naccho.org/blog/articles/homelessness-among-individuals-with-disabilities-influential-factors-and-scalable-solutions


We also talked about bullying in schools. I plan to make this a topic for discussion in a future livestream. I think schools should:

- Allow students at least a 30 minute lunch. My older daughter had 15 minutes for lunch in 5th grade. I know because I ate with her on special occasions.

- Allow students recess twice per school day. I think all high schools should have parks where students can walk, jog or swing at recess, to blow off steam.

- All school systems should integrate mental health care in-school. They should have online therapy available during school hours. 

- All school systems should have a no-bullying policy, on or off campus. This should include colleges and universities. Bullying is abuse. Abuse of any kind should not be tolerated.

- Class sizes should be reduced. Teacher burnout is a sign that classes are too large and paperwork is too much. Reduce homework and reduce teacher workload. 

- Do less testing. Research shows that standardized testing is biased against ethnic groups. Many students suffer from test anxiety.

- Emphasize socialization and working together. Don't tolerate hate speech, name-calling, or making fun of people. Teach students to stand up to this in heathy ways. Have a therapist teach groups about positive communication.

- Make more partnerships between the psychological community and the education community. Child psychologists can show teachers more healthy ways to gain class cooperation.

- Students should have a Bill of Human Rights. Every student deserves a healthy school environment, free of bullying, discrimination, and public health threats. If a school cannot provide a safe environment, students should have a choice to attend remotely. Schools should follow CDC guidelines, including masking and vaccination requirements. COVID-19 will not be the last pandemic to hit us.

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