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Summer Activities for Kids with Disabilities

Summer can be a wonderful time for children and families.  Nice weather means enjoying the outdoors and getting fresh air. Time off from school creates opportunities for learning new skills and spending more time together as a family.  For parents of children with disabilities, summer can also be a challenging time.  Less school, care or […]

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Simple, Every Day Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health

  During the month of May we are bringing awareness to the topic of mental health. One in four people worldwide will experience a mental health issue at some point in their life.  That’s a huge number of people with a common struggle!  A lot of attention and care should be given to our own […]

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Mental Health Resources and Help Hotlines

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  We, at Orion ISO felt it important to share a list of mental health resources and help hotlines.  All provide anonymous, confidential information to callers. Please print this list, bookmark it, share it and keep it in an accessible place. You                 […]

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Caregivers: Tough Job Little Pay

The St. Cloud Times featured this excellent story on their front page that discusses the urgent need for a rate increase to address the workforce shortage in Minnesota’s Home & Community-Based Services. We highly encourage you to read this article to learn about the challenges, what you can do and to please share this story! Caregivers: […]

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4 Short Informative Autism YouTube Videos

Early Signs of Autism Video Tutorial – To improve recognition of the early signs of ASD among pediatricians, parents, and early intervention providers, autism researcher Dr. Rebecca Landa of Kennedy Krieger Institute has developed a free 9-minute video tutorial on ASD behavioral signs in one-year-olds. The tutorial consists of six video clips comparing toddlers who […]

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Autism Myths and Facts

  About 1 in 68 children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), yet despite its prevalence this condition is still not well understood.  Researchers are still working on determining what autism is and is not and even as we continue to learn more each day, many misconceptions still permeate our thinking.  Here we give some […]

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7 Things You Can Do To Be Happier

Are you looking to put a little more spring in your step now that springtime is officially here?  Spring is all about new beginnings. What better time to make some positive changes in your life to become a happier you!   Here are seven habits you can introduce into your life that are guaranteed to make […]

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9 Ways to Celebrate and Support People with Disabilities

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.  His proclamation urged “all Americans to join me in according to our fellow citizens with such disabilities both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.” Orion ISO encourages everyone not only […]

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