Friday, September 26, 2014

2nd Annual Night At The Rep

It is that wonderful time of year again. 

Each year we host our annual Night at The Rep fundraiser which includes a play, heavy hors d'oeuvres by Flavour's, and a silent auction.  This years event with take place on October 21st at 6 PM.  Proceeds will allow us to provide scholarships for families who have children with Down syndrome.  These scholarships will help pay for a special neurodevelopemental program.

This years play will be Wait Until DarkJust in time for Halloween, a masterfully constructed thrill will take Rep audiences from one moment of suspense to another toward an electrifying, breath-stopping finale in Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott.

Knott's play inspired the 1967 Hollywood film of the same name, with both the play and film garnering multiple Tony, Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for many of the actors involved-including film's star, Audrey Hepburn.  The film also ranked tenth on Bravo's "100 Scariest Moments."

A sinister con man and two ex-convicts are about to meet their match.  They have traced the location of a mysterious doll to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his wife, Susy.  With murder afoot, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, as Susy discovers the only way to play fair is to play by her rules.

This year we have an honorary scholarship in the name of Arabella Mash.  Arabella earned her angel wings in early January of this year.  Her short life touched so many people and her spirit stays strong in our community.

Tickets are now available online or by mail.  You may mail payment to ADSA c/o Tricia Ambeau 2814 Hwy 321 E Austin AR 72007 or pay online by clicking the donate button under Night at The Rep in the upper right hand corner of this page.  Please include your address if you prefer tickets mailed to you prior to play.  If not specified, tickets will be held at our Will Call desk and available for pickup the night of the play.  Ticket price in $40.00 and must be purchased in advance.

Thank you very much for you support.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

America The Beautiful-The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

Grand Teton national park in Wyoming

What is the America the Beautiful - the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass or "Interagency" Pass Program?

A suite of annual and lifetime passes that provides U.S. citizens and visitors an affordable and convenient way to access Federal recreation lands. Up to 100% of the Pass program's proceeds are used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services.

What passes and materials are included in the program?

Annual Pass ($80.00 - anyone 16 years and older can purchase)

Senior Pass ($10.00 - valid for the lifetime of the pass owner; must be 62+ older, U.S. citizen, and a permanent resident)

Access Pass (Free for lifetime with documentation of permanent disability, U.S. citizens and permanent residents)

Volunteer Pass (earned with 250+ hours of volunteer service in public lands)

Hangtags (used as way to display passes at areas without entrance booth staff)

Annual Decals (for open-top vehicles to display at areas without entrance booth staff).

What are the passes good for? 
The passes provide entrance or access to more than 2,000 Federal recreation sites.

Where can I use my pass?
The passes are valid at more than 2,000 Federal recreation sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee(s) are charged by the following agencies:
Where can I get a pass?
  • Passes may be obtained at hundreds of locations throughout the country, including many Federal sites where they are accepted. See Site Locations that issue the Interagency Passes. PLEASE be sure to call a site and verify they are still issuing the passes BEFORE you make a special trip to obtain a pass.
  • Annual Passes may also be obtained through USGS (888-275-8747, option 3), or
  • Senior and Access Passes may also be obtained via mail order from USGS. Mail-order applicants for the Senior Pass must submit a completed application, proof of residency and age, the $20.00 fee ($10.00 for the Senior Pass, and an additional document processing fee of $10) to obtain a pass through the mail.

    Mail-order applicants for the
    Access Pass must submit a completed application, proof of residency and documentation of permanent disability, and pay the document processing fee of $10 to obtain a pass through the mail.

    Once the application package is received, whether for Senior or Access Pass, the documentation will be verified and a pass, with the pass owner's name pre-printed on it, will be issued to the applicant.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WrightsLaw From Emotions To Advocacy

Lending Library Item
How the Book is Organized

Section One: Getting Started 

In "Getting Started," you will learn:
• Basic advocacy skills
• Supplies you need to get started
• How to develop a master plan for your child’s education
Section Two: Advocacy 101

In "Advocacy 101," you will learn about:
• Schools as bureaucracies and the rules of the game
• Obstacles to success – school culture, myths, gatekeepers, and emotions
• Common causes of conflict
• Steps you can take to prevent or resolve problems
• Events that trigger parent-school crises

Section Three: The Parent as Expert

In "The Parent as Expert," you will learn:
• Why you must become an expert about your child’s disability and educational needs
• How to organize your child’s file, step by step
• How to use information from evaluations to understand your child’s disability
• How to use test scores to monitor and measure your child’s progress
• How to write SMART IEP goals and objectives
Section Four: Special Education Law
In "Special Education Law," you will learn about:
• The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004)
• Findings and purposes of the IDEA
• Definitions in the IDEA
• Extended school year (ESY), child find, least restrictive environment (LRE), private placements, statewide assessments
• Requirements for identifying children with specific learning disabilities - Discrepancy Formulas and Response to Intervention (RTI)
Evaluations, eligibility, IEPs, and placement
• Prior written notice, procedural safeguards, mediation, due process hearings, appeals, discipline, and age of majority
• Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
• The No Child Left Behind Act and implications for children with disabilities
Section Five: Tactics and Strategies
In "Tactics and Strategies," you will learn about:
• “The Rules of Adverse Assumptions;” first impressions; image and presentation
• How to use logs, calendars, and journals to create paper trails
• How to write effective letters (includes sample letters)
• How to write a persuasive “Letter to the Stranger” (includes sample letters)
• How to use IEP worksheets, parent agendas, visual aids & graphs of progress or lack of progress (includes sample worksheets and agendas)
• Roles of experts; how to use an expert to help develop an appropriate educational program
• Pros and cons of recording meetings; strategies
Current Status

WrightsLaw Special Education Law Second Edition

Lending Library Item
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Print Book includes:
  • Full text of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and IDEA 2004 Regulations
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Family Educational Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • Decisions in special education cases from the U. S. Supreme Court
  • Analysis and Commentary
  • Resources and References
Wrightslaw Special Education Law is an invaluable resource that provides a clear roadmap to the laws. You will refer to this book again and again. Learn what the law says about:
  • Childs Right to a Free, Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
  • Individualized Education Programs, IEP Teams, Transition & Progress
  • Evaluations, Reevaluations, Consent & Independent Educational Evaluations
  • Eligibility & Placement Decisions
  • Least Restrictive Environment, Mainstreaming & Inclusion
  • Research Based Instruction, Discrepancy Formulas & Response to Intervention
  • Discipline, Suspensions & Expulsions
  • Safeguards, Mediation, Confidentiality, New Procedures & Timelines for Due Process Hearings

Current Status