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HCDE’s 3 Year Plan for System Changes in Exceptional Education

HCDE-blk-and-whiteFor 15 years LifeLine has advocated for systems change on behalf of thousands of Hamilton County students with special needs.  With the formation of the Chattanooga Inclusive Ed Working Group a couple of years ago, we joined many others in documenting the needs of the county and offering solutions to meet those needs.  On Thursday evening, July 19th, 2018, Dr. Cale Horne with Chattanooga Inclusive Ed and Mr. Garfield Adams presented the Group’s 3 year plan for systemic change to the Hamilton County School Board.

A copy of the final draft of the 3 year plan can be found here: HCDE – Three-Year Plan – Final draft for distribution   Our sincere gratitude to all of the individuals, families, and community partners that brought this project to this point.  The board received the presentation and we look forward to continuing the work we have begun.

New Local Resource for Learning & Attention Issues!

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About four years ago, 15 national level organizations serving families affected by learning disability and related challenges collaborated in an effort to pool their collective knowledge in one website.   They recognized that the 1 in 5 who are affected needed a central location to find resources.  www.Understood.org was born.  As the resource achieved national recognition, families began requesting local groups and resources from Understood.  They also wanted opportunities to connect with other families.  Understood responded by creating an on-the-ground local resource/outreach program of parent mentors.  They were called Parent Fellows.

In March 2018, Lisa Mattheiss, LifeLine’s Executive Director, was appointed Parent Fellow with Understood.org.  She is excited to be able to more specifically meet the needs of students, families, and educators in the metro Chattanooga/Northwest Georgia area through this opportunity.  Through the Parent Fellow position, Lisa will be

Looper Speech & Hearing Center

Looper Speech & Hearing Center is a private, not for profit 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization governed by a local voluntary Board of Directors dedicated to meeting the speech, language and hearing needs of our area’s children and adults..

  • Evaluation
  • Therapy
  • Counseling
  • Consultation
  • Hearing & Dispensing

Speech : Articulation, voice disorders, stuttering, aphasia, laryngectomy, tongue-thrust, swallowing, dysarthria, cleft palate, delayed speech/language

Hearing: pure tone, speech reception threshold, speech discrimination, otoacoustoic emission, otoadmittance (impedance), ABR, central auditory test, hearing screening, auditory training.

Speech pathologists help patients develop, or recover, reliable communication skills so patients can fulfill their educational, vocational, and social roles.

www.loopershc.com

1011 Professional Blvd./Dalton, GA 30720/Phone: 706-226-4623

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Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee

1 in 100 we’re here to help, with free education and support.  Epilepsy/seizure disorder = more tan one unproved seizure.  About 1 in 100 people in Tennessee have epilepsy/seizure disorders.  there are over 20 types of seizures, people with epilepsy must see a neurologist regularly.  Seizures are the symptoms of epilepsy, and are caused by brief interruptions or surges in the electrical activity of the brain.  1 in 26 will have epilepsy/seizure disorders at some point in their life  Some causes are head injury, infection, fever, brain tumors, or even genetics.  For 70% with epilepsy, NO cause is identified. Epilepsy in    (more…)

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Catholic Charities – Pregnancy, Immigration, HIV/AIDS, Counseling

Pregnancy Center: Along with providing free pregnancy testing, birth options informational & community referrals, we have added the “Earn While You Learn” Program.  Once classes are completed the parents are given “Baby Bucks” to purchase new baby items such as car seats, cribs, diapers, etc., from our Baby Store.  Birth to 2 years.

Office of Immigrant Services: Fostering family unity and self-sufficiency of immigrants in our area, this program assists families in navigating the complicated U.S. immigration system & works to connect them with needed resources.  CCETN is the only low-cost provider of immigration legal services accredited by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration Appeals in all of East Tennessee.

The Home Place: A residential facility, the Home Place provides a stable, healthy environment and case management services for individuals with limited income who are living with HIV/AIDS.

Therapeutic Counseling and Education:  Counseling services by a licensed counselor are available to anyone in need, regardless of religious affiliation.  We accept clients on a volunteer basis only and offer a sliding fee scale for those with limited income.  We provide counseling to people who are having emotional., behavioral, relational and/or adjustment problems.

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Juice Plus Children’s Health Study

Dedicated to improving the state of children’s health and nutrition around the world.  As parents, we have our work cut out for us.  It’s hard enough to get kids to eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables when their taste buds are hardwired to prefer donuts, French fries, and pizza.  What is Juice Plus? Juice Plus is a whole food based nutritional product that provides nutrition form 17 different fruits, vegetables, and grains- (more…)

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Autism Spectrum DIsorders

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) People with Autism Spectrum Disorder may have a range of skills, abilities, and unique communication and behavioral needs.  ASD is a developmental disability.  It includes these conditions which were once individually diagnosed:  Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.  FACT:  Youth with ASD are often in the gifted range in many academic subjects.  FACT:  You can’t SEE an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Possible Traits of ASD: Negative reaction to being touched; repeating words or behaviors; trouble with changes avoidance of eye contact; preferring solitude; strong memory recall; in children, lack of interest in “make-believe” games.  Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency- Highly-skilled, trained teams of professionals, including Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCs), offer services that include:  Counseling and Guidance, Postsecondary Support; Supported Employment; Work Readiness Training; Job Placement Assistance; Assistive Work Technology; Vocational Training; On-the-job training.

www.gvs.ga.gov

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Care Source

Care Source is the first non-profit health care plan chosen to serve Georgia Medicaid and Peach Care for Kids members enrolled in Georgia Families and women enrolled in the Planning for healthy Babies program.  Dental and Vision Benefits.  Care Source covers two cleanings and exams per year, and x-rays. Simple tooth removal is included.  Members also get a yearly eye exam and $75 towards glasses or contacts.  Free Job Help: job coaches help with interview practice and resumes, and provide support after you start a new job.  Care Source Job Connect also gives (more…)

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Harvest House Ministry

The Church of Christ that meets at Rossville has a group of dedicated volunteers that goes out 7 days a week to collect truck loads of food donated by local stores, such as Food Lion, BI-LO, Panera Bread, and Sara Lee.  Others may be added in the future.  Every Thursday morning, starting at about 9:30 am.   (more…)

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Kennesaw State University

2-year certificate program designed to offer an inclusive college experiences to students with intellectual disabilities.  Appeals to and attracts high school graduates with limitation in both intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, whose disability impairs their access to a post-secondary, general education curriculum.  Creates a campus atmosphere of understanding and acceptance for people with disabilities.  Read more… (more…)

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Georgia Student Finance Commission: Loans, Scholarships, Grants

Over the years, GSFC has grown to be the administrator of more than 20 state- and lottery-funded scholarships, grants and service-cancelable loan programs that ensure Georgians have an opportunity to access education beyond high school. In addition, GSFC provides free financial aid consultation to K-12, postsecondary institutions and community organizations across the state to help students and their families prepare to pay for college.

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NAMI Chattanooga: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Someone you love has a mental illness.  Meet NAMI Chattanooga.  We advocate improving and expanding services and facilities.  We find new ways to bring families, friends, consumers and providers closer together by sharing insights and techniues that help us.  We monitor federal, state and local legislation to improve laws and services for the mentally ill.  We advocate for improved treatment rehabilitation services and community support fro persons with mental illness.  We welcome parents, relatives, friends, professionals and consumers to share the challenge of living with mental illness.   (more…)

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Breakthrough Improving the Lives of Adults with Autism

Transition into adulthood is difficult for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and their families.  The parents of teenagers and adults with ASD have special worries:

  • Now that my child is out of school, are there ASD services available to meet my child’s needs as he/she gets older?
  • Will I have input into the ASD services that my child receives?
  • Will my son/daughter be safe?
  • Will he/she continue to learn new skills and mature socially?
  • Will ASD services staff understand my child’s unique needs?
  • Will my son/daughter be able to get a job?
  • Will my son/daughter actively participate in the community?  (more…)
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Eagle Home Care

“Soaring Above the Others”

Family owned and operated in Cleveland, Tennessee we offer private non-medical care in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn, Meigs, Rhea & Monroe counties.

We specialize in caring for senior citizens, the disabled, as well as those with chronic disabilities and debilitating illnesses. Caring for a disabled loved one, or someone who can no longer care for themself, can be challenging for a family member who is the caregiver. Respite care is available for caregiver relief. Eagle Home Care is staffed with qualified C.N.A.’s, Homemakers, Sitters, & Personal Care Attendants. We offer flexible hours to meet your needs.

 

  • Personal Care Services: To provide bath/shower, shampoo of hair, assistance with toileting & ambulation, medication reminders, feeding, etc.  Homemaker: provides light housekeeping, washing dishes, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, laundry,  (more…)
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Hands on Home Safety

Slips & Falls Prevention tips:

  • Brighten the lights
  • Secure the bathroom
  • Guard stairs and steps

Fire & Burn Prevention:

  • Lower the water heater temperature to no higher than 120 degrees F.
  • Put working smoke alarms on every level.
  • Plan and practice a home fire drill at least 2 exits in the home.

 

Poisoning Preventions:  (more…)

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Safe Blogging: Tips for Teens

Be anonymous.  Avoid postings that could help a stranger locate you.  Do not give out your last name, address, phone numbers, sports teams, the town you live in, and where you hang out.  Protect your information.  Check to see if your service has a “friends” list that allows you to decide who can visit your profile or blog.  If so, allow only people you know and trust.  Avoid in-person meetings.  Don’t get together with someone you “meet” in a profile or blog unless you are certain of their actual identity. Talk it over with an adult first.  Although its still nor risk-free, arrange any meetings in a public place and bring along some friends, your parents, or trusted adult.  Read more… (more…)

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