“Do IEP Goals Reflect What My Child Needs?”

We live in an ever-changing society.  Our educational system keeps changing, along with the way our children are learning.  Before you sit in on your child’s next IEP meeting (Individualized Education Plan), take a few minutes to read this insightful article from NCES founder, Carole Richards.  Remember, as a parent, it is your right to ensure your child receives the best …

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“The Key to Autism” by Dr. Cara Daily

“I have personally known Dr. Cara Daily, PhD for many years.  She is very attuned to the needs of children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum.  I’ve read her new book and it could be very helpful to your staff in gaining insight into this growing population in our schools.  Dr. Daily’s book, The Key to Autism, is well written …

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Autism & the Power of Music

Not much is known about the cause of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  What is known is that every individual on the spectrum experiences it a little differently. Through the years, more studies have surfaced about programs, support, and activities that are particularly beneficial to the Autism community.  One of these is music. This wonderful infographic shows some of the incredible …

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Deadline for JPSN Scholarship is April 15th!

This is your last chance to apply for the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship!   This scholarship is available to Ohio students with a diagnosed learning disability.  Instead of attending public or charter school, families can elect to apply for the scholarship and choose an alternative education for their child — such as a private school or homeschooling setting. Up …

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FREE Seminar Series — Nessa Knows: Paving Pathways for Students with Special Needs

We do our best to keep the community informed of free and educational events in the community.  Our executive director, Carole Richards, knows Nessa well and fully supports these FREE upcoming seminars. All of the seminars are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register for the seminars.  

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The Perfect Summer is Coming Soon!

We are only three months away from summer vacation!  Have you started planning for your kids? Since  2001, the Creative Education Institute has been hosting an “unschool” camp program for kids with learning differences.  Imagine an environment where kids are not judged by their peers — a welcoming environment for learning, exploration, friendship, and discovery.  It’s called the Academic Fun & Fitness …

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Visit NCES at the Summer and Beyond Fair!

Next weekend, come visit North Coast Education Services and the Academic Fun & Fitness Camp at the 18th Annual Summer and Beyond Fair!  Local agencies and professionals will be on hand to answer all of your questions about area services for families and students with disabilities.  This is a time to network with families and get your questions answered. All …

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2016 Camp Applications are Now Available!

Looking for a unique camp experience for your student? Join us this summer at the Academic Fun & Fitness Camp!   Sponsored by the Creative Education Institute, the Academic Fun & Fitness Camp is a six week summer program for students with learning differences.  This “un-school camp”, which is held at Lakeland Community College, combines academics and social activities for …

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Effort vs. Intelligence

We are a society focused on results — how much weight have I lost, what grade did she get on her final, was he accepted into his first choice college? Rarely do we take the time to recognize the effort behind them.  When I grew up, I heard, “I’m sorry you didn’t get the part you wanted, but the important …

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