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CHICAGO (PRWEB) September 10, 2008

Today’s meeting, held by the Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA, was a Request for Public Comments for Use in Preparing for 2009 Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Programs, which includes the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program; and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which support nutritious meals and snacks served to children in schools, child care institutions and afterschool care programs.

Speaking on behalf of the American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) and Enjoy Life Foods, Mandell said, “On behalf of the children, their parents and caregivers that are currently excluded from receiving program benefits, I strongly urge the USDA to make the necessary changes to the National School Lunch Program to ensure that ALL eligible students can benefit from this important, federally assisted meal program.”

Mandell supported his comments by citing the growing number of children affected by Celiac Disease, food allergies, food intolerances and autism:

Celiac Disease, is the world’s most common genetic auto-immune disease, and is estimated to affect at least 1% of the populationi. At this time, the only known treatment for Celiac Disease is strict adherence to a gluten-free diet for life (gluten is the protein that is found in wheat, barely and rye). Food allergies are estimated to affect 6 to 8% of children and 3 to 4% of adultsii, and diagnoses are on the rise. For the over 12 million Americans with food allergies, symptoms can range from mild (such as gastrointestinal discomfort) to life threatening (due to anaphylactic shock). Another 30 million Americans have food intolerancesiii that cause them to avoid certain foods. And finally, one in 150 children is affected by autismiv which can be effectively managed in some cases by following a diet free of gluten and casein (the protein found in dairy). Carol McCarthy Shilson, Executive Director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center and ACDA member, also provided comments on behalf of Stefano Guandalini, M.D., the Center’s founder and medical director. “It is not right that children with Celiac Disease should be denied a safe meal or given food that is nutritionally inadequate. Surely we cannot expect our children to learn and thrive with such conditions. It is our duty to see that all children are provided with a nutritious and safe meal at school,” Guandalini commented.

Shilson also presented results from a recent survey by the ACDA, which revealed that among 2,229 parents of children with Celiac Disease, only 111 were able to get a gluten-free lunch at school. The others had to pack a lunch or go without, according to the ACDA survey.

About ACDA

The American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) began to take shape in early 2003 when an ad hoc group of 15 leaders in the celiac community came together to help persuade Congress to require food labels to include information about allergens. The group’s efforts were instrumental in the passage of landmark legislation, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. The non-profit organization provides leadership on policy issues affecting the lives of individuals with celiac disease, an inherited autoimmune disorder affecting children and adults. The ACDA is recognized internationally for its role in advocating on behalf of all segments of the celiac community.

About Enjoy Life Foods

Enjoy Life Natural Brands, LLC (d/b/a Enjoy Life Foods, LLC (ELF)) was founded in 2001 with the mission of making great-tasting allergy-friendly foods that most everyone can eat freely. The company launched the Enjoy Life brand in 2002 with a broad product line that is free of the eight most common allergens and gluten-free. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing consumer base, in 2004 the company acquired Perky’s, a line of gluten- and nut-free cereals. Today, ELF offers 29 different Enjoy Life and Perky’s products that are sold in natural food and select grocery stores throughout the United States and Canada. Visit http://www.enjoylifefoods.com and http://www.perkysnaturalfoods.com for store locations and more. In September 2008, Enjoy Life Foods was named for the second consecutive year to Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held businesses in the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.enjoylifenb.com.

i Dr. Stefano Guandalini, University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center


iii National Institutes of Health

iv Autism Society of America

Talisman Programs for Children with Special Needs Launches Webinar Series to Help Parents Keep Kids Safe Online

Zirconia, NC (PRWEB) February 8, 2009

One of the nation’s leading providers of educational opportunities for special-needs students is launching a series of interactive online seminars to help parents navigate the murky waters of Internet social networking sites.

The first of these online webinars, “Facebook, My Space, My Child, Oh My,” is set for Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants per session, and registration is already underway.

The webinar series is sponsored by Talisman Programs, which provides summer camp and semester-length programs for young people (ages 8 to 21) who have learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and high-functioning autism.

According to Aaron McGinley, who is leading Talisman’s online outreach effort, the Internet forums will explain how social networking sites work, and will provide parents with insights into the risks and benefits of popular sites such as Facebook and MySpace. They will also allow parents to ask questions and discuss issues related to raising special-needs children in an increasingly networked world.

“A lot of parents have been calling us with two questions about their kids and the Internet,” McGinley said. “They want to know how they can keep their kids safe online, and they also want to learn how to make online social networking a positive experience for their children. These webinars will help answer both of those questions.”


For many young people with ADHD, Asperger’s, and related conditions, social networking sites can present both a world of possibilities and a range of potential problems. The Talisman webinars, McGinley said, are designed to help parents maximize the potential of the online world while minimizing the risks that their children may encounter there.

“A lot of our students struggle with skills such as reading social cues and interpreting nonverbal body language, so it’s natural for them to be attracted to some of these online social networking sites,” McGinley said. “It can be a bit easier for them to communicate online, and also it’s a big part of mainstream youth culture. It’s something that almost every kid is doing these days.”

But the enticements and opportunities that are offered by the online world are accompanied by many of the same challenges that special-needs children face in many of their daily interactions. “Our kids typically have trouble understanding social rules,” McGinley said. “Well, there are a separate set of social rules on the Internet, and failing to understand them can lead to some serious problems.”

For example, McGinley noted, children who are prone to taking risks and making poor choices about who they associate with offline are apt to behave in a similar fashion online. But because users are often unable to control or remove images or information once they have uploaded it, the consequences of posting an embarrassing photo or sending an inappropriate message can be exponentially worse than making a social mistake in a real-world environment.


The first Talisman webinar will focus on the following five topics:

Criminal Justice; Immigration; Politics in U.S. Attorney Offices; Equal Pay; Needs of Veterans, Service Members, Among ABA Policy Issues

Chicago (Vocus) January 7, 2010

The American Bar Association will address legal policy issues ranging from child welfare to worker compensation benefits, from structural reforms in courts hearing immigration cases to criminal justice reforms, from equal pay for equal work to responses to violence against women, and much more when its House of Delegates convenes Feb. 8-9 during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Nearly 40 proposals are listed for the House meeting. A sampling of the proposals is below, and the full list is posted here.

Proposals would:

Support a series of measures to reform legal proceedings to remove immigrants, including creating a new Article I court; improving the professionalism, independence and accountability of immigration judges; restoring review of immigration decisions to the federal judiciary; improving legal representation and information provided immigrants facing removal; and policy and procedural improvements to enhance due process and fairness in decisions to initiate, try and review immigration enforcement actions (114A, B, C, D, E, F).
Address criminal law issues involving juveniles — to limit the collateral consequences of juvenile arrests, adjudications and convictions (102A) and urge simplifying Miranda warning language for use with juvenile arrestees (102B).
Support criminal justice reforms in nonjuvenile cases — urge review and amendment of misdemeanor provisions to allow civil fines or nonmonetary civil remedies instead of such criminal penalties as fines and incarceration (102C), require pretrial conferences to work out disclosure issues in criminal cases (102D) and urge initiatives to facilitate contact and communication between parents in correctional custody and their children in the free community in appropriate cases (102E).
Support legislation to allow Legal Service Corporation grantees to assist criminal defendants and prisoners with family law and constitutional rights issues (102F).
Call on the president and the attorney general of the United States to ensure politics is not a factor in employment and prosecution decisions in the Department of Justice (102G).
Urge Congress to expand funding to cover actual national need under the John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act of 2008, a student loan repayment program for prosecutors and public defenders (102J).
Support amendments to federal student loan debt forgiveness legislation to include, with respect to married couples, income and debt for both spouses in calculating payment caps; to include military counsel among public service positions eligible for loan forgiveness, and to exclude from gross income discharges of student loans under forgiveness programs, among other proposals (113).
Adopt, and urge states and territories to adopt, a Model Act Governing Standards for the Care and Disposition of Disaster Animals, a response to the plight of pets whose owners were forced to abandon them during the Hurricane Katrina disaster (103A).
Support U.S. efforts to ensure that foreign nationals arrested in the United States are advised of their right to consult representatives of their consulate, in keeping with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (104).
Support development of systematic approaches to meet the special needs of veterans involved in civil or criminal court proceedings through diversionary programs to connect them with housing, treatment and other services (105A).
Urge Congress to legislate more effective remedies, procedures and protections for victims of pay discrimination, including discrimination based on gender (107).
Urge Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Violence Against Women Act (115).
Support reforms to child welfare financing laws to eliminate financial incentives to place children in foster care (110).
Urge the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to undertake measures to ensure the least possible disclosure of patients personally identifiable information contained in electronic health records, except as required by law (116).
These proposals will not constitute ABA policy unless adopted by the House. They are advocated by state and local bar associations, specialty legal groups within the ABA or affiliated with the association, and individual members, and reflect the broad range of issues confronting society. Other measures may be filed for House consideration as late as Feb. 7, while some on the agenda could be withdrawn or revised leading up to or during the House sessions.

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AccuQuote Reveals Life Events that Affect Life Insurance Needs

Wheeling, IL (Vocus/PRWEB) March 15, 2011

There are many factors affecting consumers life insurance needs everyday. A large grouping of those factors includes some of lifes major events. AccuQuote, one of the countrys largest and most respected term life insurance quoting and brokerage firms, reveals the top life events affecting a consumers need for more or less life insurance protection.

Most people with life insurance do not take the time to routinely review their coverage. As a result, one-third of Americans, even affluent households, are severely underinsured, according to LIMRA. In fact, even a higher number, half of U.S. households (58 million) say they need more life insurance the highest level ever, LIMRA reports.

Life changes and so do your life insurance needs, says Byron Udell, founder and CEO of AccuQuote. Thats why its extremely important to examine your needs at least every few years and certainly when big changes occur, like having a child.

AccuQuote reveals the top life events that affect term life insurance needs and trigger the need for a thorough policy review. Additionally, the company suggests consumers without existing life insurance purchase a policy during these major life events:

Professional Development Resources Serves Continuing Education Needs of School Psychologists

Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) October 01, 2011

Professional Development Resources has published several new continuing education (CE) courses that provide school psychologists with evidence-based practices for helping students with a wide variety of difficulties that can impact their school performance. Such difficulties can include not only learning disabilities and reading problems, but also behavior disorders like school refusal and antisocial behavior.

In the State of Florida, there are about 700 licensed School Psychologists. They perform such services as psychoeducational assessments, interpretation of aptitude and intelligence test results, prevention or amelioration of school adjustment problems, and counseling or consultation to students, parents and teachers. They are also trained to assist in the development and implementation of sound learning environments that facilitate the psychoeducational development of students.

Florida School Psychologists are required as part of their biennial state licensure renewal to earn 30 hours of continuing education in areas that will enhance their knowledge and skills in their practice specialties. Of those 30 hours, two are required in the prevention of medical errors in behavioral health care and two in the area of domestic violence. The latter is required before the end of every third renewal period, which for most school psychologists is on November 30, 2011. School psychologists are in a front-line position to detect the possibility of abuse in the children they see every day.

One of the responsibilities we take most seriously is providing the professionals we serve with quality continuing education in domestic violence and the prevention of medical errors in behavioral health, says Leo Christie, PhD, CEO of Professional Development Resources. These two courses which licensed professionals in Florida are required to take help assure the safety of the children and families we serve. The domestic violence requirement is intended to help psychologists maintain a high state of vigilance and recognize signs of possible abuse in the children they see. Prevention of medical errors in behavioral health is largely centered around the protection of confidential information and appropriate use of psychological procedures and instruments.

One of the companys newest CE courses that will be of particular interest to school psychologists is Reading in the Brain, which provides a fascinating look into the brain processes that are used to identify words. It sheds a new light on dyslexia and helps clinicians develop effective literacy instruction. A second new course is School Refusal Behavior: Children Who Cant or Wont Go to School. School refusal is a problem that is stressful for children, for their families, and for school personnel. This course breaks down the distinction between truancy and a number of psychological disorders that may cause a child to refuse to go to school, providing interventions that work.

Among the courses Professional Development Resources offers to school psychologists are:

The Harper Agency Goes Above and Beyond Its Communitys North Carolina Business Insurance Needs with Daycare Coverage

Burlington, NC (PRWEB) November 14, 2011

The locally based insurance experts at The Harper Agency know that there is no one-size-fits-all policy when it comes to business insurance in North Carolina. Each company has its own unique insurance needs, especially those that are relied upon to care for their clients children. Many parents spend weeks looking for reputable and qualified daycare centers in which to enroll their kids. As businesses that deal with very sensitive matters like childcare, daycare providers must be prepared to protect their establishment and themselves with proper insurance.

Few local agencies offer North Carolina business insurance that is tailored specifically to the needs of daycare providers, but The Harper Agency is one of them. The agencys team of experts has experience assisting everyone from childcare providers who run small, home-based businesses, to those who manage larger centers.

With daycare insurance, local childcare services can be covered for:

Alienation of Affection Claims
Child Abuse Claims
Contractual Liability
Defense Coverage
Field Trips of Off-Premises Activities
Incidental Malpractice
Non-owned Auto Liability
Transportation Coverage

Daycare providers have unique insurance needs because they are entrusted with the care of their communitys children. The team at The Harper Agency is sensitive to the fact that some local businesses will require a higher level of North Carolina business insurance coverage, which is why it offers policies tailored to the unique needs of companies ranging from those that provide childcare services to religious institutions.

About The Harper Agency:

For over 60 years The Harper Agency has been proudly writing North Carolina insurance policies for its North Carolina neighbors. As a family owned and operated Burlington insurance company, The Harper Agency is focused on providing only top quality service to all of its customers. As a true testament to the agencys commitment to providing superior insurance solutions and service, The Harper Agency is proud of the fact that their first customer in 1949 needed auto insurance for a 1937 Chevy and this same client is still a satisfied customer to this day.


New Millennium Urges Parents of Children with Special Needs to Carefully Plan for Retirement

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) May 24, 2012

Death is an unpleasant subject to discuss, especially when it comes to financial planning. It is estimated that 58 percent of Americans die without wills, leaving loved ones financially vulnerable. Derek Overstreet, president of New Millennium Insurance Services, Inc., said he now helps families with children with disabilities craft solid plans for retirement because having financial affairs in order is more important than ever, especially when caring for loved ones with special needs.

You must have your finances in order when caring for someone with special needs, Overstreet said. Technology has advanced and people are living longer. Those with special needs are living longer.

According to Overstreet, the average life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased from 25 years in 1983 to 60 years today. This statistic helps show why it is critical to protect assets and have a secure retirement plan when caring for someone with special needs. Click here to learn how financial planners like New Millennium can help.

This is the first generation in which parents of special needs children need to plan for their care after they are gone. Special needs children are outliving their parents, Overstreet stressed.

The income planner explained that parents of children with disabilities or other special needs have different concerns when planning for retirement.

A lot of my clients feel as though they have given their children a nice life, and now that they are educated, they want them to earn their own way in the world. They dont want to leave their children an inheritance, Overstreet said. Thats obviously not the case with parents of special needs children.

Overstreet outlined six documents parents of children with special needs should have when planning for retirement:

Book Revue Event Features Long Island Author on Special Needs Services Denied

Great Neck, NY (PRWEB) September 07, 2012

New book Lost in the System details the Big Business of Special Education. North Shore, Long Island author, Tom Gibson details his experiences fighting for special education services for his hearing impaired son. According to Mr. Gibsons experiences, this is a realistic look at Special Education driven by concern for cost, where a childs education is an expendable asset in an affluent North Shore school district.

Gibson and family law attorney Lloyd C. Rosen of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. will co-present discussing these issues, at the Book Revue in Huntington, NY on Sept 24th at 7:00PM, and Gibson will sign copies of his new book.

The story unfolds as Gibson and his wife find out that their 2

Special Needs Car Seat from BRITAX and Snug Seat Now Offered by Rehabmart.com

Elberton, GA (PRWEB) October 03, 2012

Rehabmart.com, an online e-commerce company that sells rehabilitation and medical supplies, has joined into a distribution partnership with Snug Seat, Incorporated, to offer their BRITAX brand Hippo Special Needs Car Seat to a larger consumer audience. As a leader in mobile safety for over seventy years, BRITAX offers a legacy of leadership in the development of innovations that enhance the safety of child car seats and that improve the ease of their installation and use. Their commitment to improving child safety is unparalleled and their products undergo the most rigorous testing in the industry. They not only manufacture seats for the general public, but also for the medical community to service children with special needs. These special needs seating solutions are distributed through the Snug Seat company, who has been providing innovative products for children with special needs since 1987.

The Hippo Special Needs Car Seat from Snug Seat offers a safe and unique solution for transporting children in Hip Spica casts, Ilfeld splints and Broomstick Casts. Every year thousands of babies and children undergo surgery to correct leg and hip problems and must be casted for several weeks while they recover, a situation that can make it difficult for them to fit into ‘regular’ child car seats and comply with state DVM laws. As the ONLY child restraint device on the market specifically designed to accommodate most casts, the Hippo Special Needs Car Seat helps to ensure that these fragile children are transported securely restrained and protected from additional trauma.

The Hippo’s 5-Point restraint harness with a one-pull harness strap adjuster allows for an easy, secure fit every time, and the wedge positioning system and washable nylon cover make this car seat ideal for utilization by multiple children in loaner programs. We are proud to introduce more consumers to the BRITAX Hippo Special Needs Car Seat from Snug Seat, said Hulet Smith, OTR/L, MBA and CEO of Rehabmart. This is the perfect transport solution for children using a variety of casts, offering the ultimate in comfort and safety, and it also fits in well with car seat loaner programs. We are delighted to offer this, and other great seating solutions from Snug Seat to our customers.

About Rehabmart.com:

As an Occupational Therapist, the founder of Rehabmart, Hulet Smith, has the breadth of knowledge and experience necessary to match the needs of his customers with the very latest innovative products in the field of medical supplies and rehabilitation equipment. As a parent of of special needs children, he has a personal interest in finding the best products to improve the lives of those who are disabled and medically challenged. Rehabmart.com is committed to provide superior customer service, competitive pricing and exceptional product offerings.


Special Needs Car Seats Designed by Merritt Manufacturing Now Offered by Rehabmart.com

Elberton, GA (PRWEB) December 13, 2012

Rehabmart.com, an online e-commerce company that sells rehabilitation and medical supplies, has joined into a distribution partnership with Merritt Manufacturing Incorporated, to offer their special needs car seats to a wider consumer audience. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Merritt Manufacturing develops and designs car seats and beds to transport babies, children and adults with special health care needs. Combining input from therapists with their goal of helping families with special needs members, Merritt strives to create innovative transport solutions that offer the utmost in safety, ease of use, comfort and functionality.

The Merritt Manufacturing products include several different popular models with various options for fulfilling specific special health care needs. Their Roosevelt Child Safety Car Seat accommodates users up to 62 inches tall, weighing between 35 pounds to 115 pounds, and offers several standard features including thick and comfortable foam padding, a padded headrest, European style harness routing for abdominal comfort, and an EZ-Tether system that allows the Roosevelt to be secured by most car shoulder belts, negating the need for tethering in most cases. Optional accessories for the Roosevelt also abound with seat extension kits, a foam abductor, an incontinent cover, a chest clip guard, an EZ-Guard buckle cover, a Scoliosis Accommodating Kit, a Heavy Duty Tether Anchor Kit, and the EZ-Up Headrest and EZ-Up Cap specifically developed for children with poor head control.

The Churchill Backless Booster Seat fits both children and adults with a weight capacity of 175 pounds and a height accommodation of 72 inches. This belt positioning booster offers positioning and torso support, with an extremely low profile seat to facilitate easier transfers. The Hope Car Bed is a unique solution for the transport of special needs babies, offering a 3-point harness with five restraint options, EPS foam sides and head protection and many other standard and special options to customize this transport device for unique requirements, including for infants in hip casts. We are delighted to introduce more consumers to these great transport solutions for special health care needs from Merritt Manufacturing, said Hulet Smith, OTR/L, MBA and CEO of Rehabmart. With input derived from therapists and special needs families, these car seats and beds boast the features that real users and caregivers require in their daily transportation activities. With the multitude of standard and special options available for each model, everyone will be sure to find exactly the right fit for their own family’s special needs.

About Rehabmart.com:

As an Occupational Therapist, the founder of Rehabmart, Hulet Smith, has the breadth of knowledge and experience necessary to match the needs of his customers with the very latest innovative products in the field of medical supplies and rehabilitation equipment. As a parent of special needs children, he has a personal interest in finding the best products to improve the lives of those who are disabled and medically challenged. Rehabmart.com is committed to provide superior customer service, competitive pricing and exceptional product offerings.