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Director/Chairman:
Sandra Reed
President:
Angela Wells
Treasurer:
Jan McCarter
Secretary:
Paula Alohan

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get-attachment.jpgTHE MYRIA REED FOUNDATION IS RENEWING ITS COMMITMENT                                

The foundation was established on May 31, 2000, in order to provide necessary resources and tools that will assist special needs children and their parents.

The Myria Reed Foundation for Children with Special Needs did their official unveiling at Lan 65 Family Empowerment Expo 2000, presented at Truman College, 1140 W. Wilson, on Thursday, September 14, by presenting three motivational speakers. We were honored to present Stanford James, featured interview from June 11th's Chicago Tribune Magazine article, "Train Man: How an Autistic Child found the Right Track," and his mother Dorothy James. Also speaking was Alan Goldberg, president of United Cerebral Palsy, on "Parents as Advocates and Special Needs Individuals Becoming Self-Advocates." This was only the beginning of a series of presentations that our Foundation offered.

 
Where Do Parents Begin 

STAY INFORM. CHECK OUT LINKS ON CHICAGO PARTNERS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN. THERE IS ALSO A SPECIAL LINK FOR CHICAGO PARENTS.

BECOME A BOARD MEMBER. FIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD'S RIGHTS. WE CAN ONLY DO IT TOGETHER.


FACING THE CHALLENGE OF MEDICAL AND PERSONAL CARE EXPENSE

Here are ways that you can protect a relative with disability:

  • Search the web for national and local groups.
  • Families with modest income should apply for Medicaid.
  • Children and adults with disabilities can get Medicaid independently-regardless of parents' wealth-starting at 18.
  • They also qualify for Supplemental Security Income or SSI.
  • Create a special-needs trust.
  • Fund the trust with money you are leaving in your will, current savings or life insurance policy.
  • Trust should be drawn up by a lawyer who knows disability rules.
  • To qualify for and keep their Medicaid and SSI, children and adults with disabilities have to have virtually no money in their name.
  • Parents, relatives or friends can contribute to a third-party special-needs trust.
  • If a child comes to money from an inheritance or an insurance settlement, that can go into a "self-funded" special-needs trust.
  • If a child dies, the government can recover money from a self-funded trust, so never leave money directly to a child but to a third-party trust.
  • Caregivers need a "permanent" policy that covers them for life.
  • Whole-life Insurance is a good choice.
  • Do not buy more insurance than you need.
  • If you are leaving your child a modest amount of money, consider trusts offered by non-profit organizations for people with disabilities.

    INFORMATION FROM KIDSOURCE.COM

    Begin by asking questions and developing a better understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Public Law 102-119. This law guarantees a free appropriate public education to children with disabilities. You may also want to talk to parents of children who are already receiving special education services. Local parent organizations can assist you.

    The first step is to arrange for your child to receive an evaluation. The term "evaluation" refers to the total process of gathering and using information to determine whether a child has a disability and the nature and extent of the special education and related services that the child needs. The public schools are required to conduct this evaluation of your child at no cost to you.

    The evaluation process should look at the "whole child" and include information about your child's total environment. Tests are an important part of an evaluation, but the family's input is also important. Additionally, the evaluation process should include:

    • observations by professionals who have worked with your child
    • your child's medical history, when it is relevant to his or her performance in school
    • information and observations from the family about your child's school experiences, abilities, needs, and behavior outside of school, and his or her feelings about school

    A multidisciplinary team should be involved in performing the evaluation. The team conducting the evaluation may include the following professionals, as appropriate:

    • school psychologist
    • speech and language pathologist
    • occupational therapist
    • physical therapist and/or adaptive physical education therapist
    • medical specialist(s)
    • educational diagnostician(s)
    • classroom teacher(s)and others

    Professionals will observe your child and may administer tests and use other procedures such as interviews that examine your child's:

    • speech and language functioning
    • personality and adaptive behavior patterns; academic achievement
    • potential or aptitude (intelligence)
    • functioning levels,perceptual ability and vocational interest and aptitude.

    All tests and interviews must be conducted individually in your child's primary language. The tests must also be given in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of disability or racial/cultural background.

    The law states that schools may not place children into special education programs based on the results of only one test. Many tests are needed to measure areas that might be problematic. However, the law does not mention the specific tests to be used. There are many tests that measure the same thing. A specialist may choose to use a certain test as long as the test is considered to be nondiscriminatory and measures what the specialist says it will measure.


    CHECK THE LINKS ON THE LEFT OF THE SCREEN TO LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT RESOURCES.


 
Malachi Wells is the Director of Best Buddies at Lakeview High School

Malachi Wells 2014 Novice Ambassador Training Speech

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 SCHOLARSHIP RECEIPIENTS & MISSION TRIP TO AFRICA

2001 Talented Winners Shine

The first prize essay winner was Joseph McCarter (right, 5th grade, Stockton School; second prize artwork winner Nancy Thach (left, 6th grade, McCutcheon School; and third prize essay winner Iveta Bakalova (center), 5th grade, Stockton School. Our winners were from a diverse cultural background.


FIRST AWARD CEREMONY

The Myria Reed Foundation for Children with Special Needs is proud to present Joseph McCarter the 2008 scholarship award for persevering and graduating from Von Steuben High School. Joseph has longevity with the foundation. He was the first place winner on January 16, 2001.
Joseph found his way in this difficult world with exemplary character and strength. Joseph is still a winner.

"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character--this is true education.

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EAST AFRICA MISSION TRIP 2012


LUSAKA,ZAMBIA


2009 WEST AFRICA MISSION TRIP


The foundation partnered with Uptown Baptist Church on a short-term mission trip (May 15- May 27) to Nigeria and Ghana. The purpose of the trip was to give needed encouragement & supplies to women & children. We visited orphanages & a woman medical center. This was an awesome, emotional, humble and blessed experience!

Click link to the left of screen "UNITED NATIONS NEWSLETTER" and then UNA-USA Chicago Chapter 2009 Newsletter.

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We have received two heartfelt letters from parents who are struggling financially to send their sons to school. If you feel it in your heart to reach out to them personally to give a monetary gift, resources or just some comforting words, they would be truly grateful. Please read letters below.

Dear sir/Madam,

Greetings from Davao City with love(Philippines)..Im happy to know that there is a foundation who is really caring for children with special needs.By the way Im a mother with 2 special child in our family..My elder son was diagnosed as Severe autism and the other one is my only daughter who was diagnosed as ADHD too..Our life since then was full of challenges not just emotionally by even financially..My elders son was already 13 years old.Yet due to our financial problem he was not able to continue in his schooling..His still in grade two elementary because i only concentrate on his Occupational therapies because we dont have enough money to let him go to school at the same time due to lack of resources in terms of financial aspect..Very painful for me as a mother seing him to continueously going to school..If they will be given a chance i think they will be a great chances for them to grow and develop to their fullest potentials..I hope that someday my two special child can be given a chance to develop by letting them going to school in our place davao city..Hoping that thru your foundation my two special child could received a scholarship that can continue for there indiviual educational program schooling here in our place davao city..May we can find somebody who has a deep, generous and big heart to sponsor or help my two special child now to continue in their schooling..Thanks in advance and May God Bless you in all your endeavors in life.

Sincerely Yours,

Mrs. Diocadiz
blk 7 lot 10 NHA, Buhangin, Davao City,8000 Philippines
082-2418818( tel.number)

Dear Ms. Reed

Thank you so much for responding to my email request for scholarship information.

I am inquiring on behalf of my son, Nathan Miller, who has cerebral palsy(spastic diplegia). He is currently a Senior at Bandon High School and has been accepted at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, Oregon for the fall term. Nathan plans on transferring to the University of Oregon in Eugene after he has obtained his associate's degree.

Nathan cannot walk independently; he relies on a combination of walking aides depending on his location. He can use forearm crutches in small areas, he uses a Kaye posture control walker at school, and he uses a mobility scooter to navigate around the community.

He is also an extremely intelligent young man with enormous potential; a gifted writer and a voracious reader, wih ultimate plans of working as a diplomat through the U.S. Foreign Service. Unfortuantely, his high school grades do not qualify him for most academically-based scholarships and he desperately needs to attend college in order to become self-sufficient and economically independent.

To that end, I am looking into each and every scholarship assistance program for which he may qualify, which led me to your website. I appreciate any assistance you may provide. Thank you in advance; my contact information is below.

Sincerely,

Rachel Hernandez
810 Ocean Drive SW
Bandon, OR 97411
Home: 541-347-2974
Work: 541-347-4415


 
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