Winter 2020

Susie Redfern developed Milestones Magazine to help individuals with disabilities and their families achieve and celebrate events and milestones in their lives.

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<strong>Winter</strong> Issue <strong>2020</strong><br />

Hop to It!<br />

Play for All<br />

School @ Home<br />

It’s My Business<br />


contents<br />

03 Hop to It!<br />

07 School @ Home<br />

08 I.E.P. & Section 504<br />

Accommodations - two sides of<br />

the same coin?<br />

09 What’s for Breakfast Lunch<br />

& Dinner?<br />

11 Play for All<br />

13 National Handwriting Day<br />

15 It’s My Business<br />

18 Right at Home<br />

winter<br />

<strong>2020</strong><br />

Publisher<br />

Susie Redfern, is the parent of a special<br />

needs child who recently “aged out”<br />

of the public-school system.<br />

She developed Milestones Magazine<br />

to help individuals with disabilities<br />

and their families achieve and celebrate<br />

events and milestones in their lives.<br />

info@milestonesmagazine.com<br />

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hop to it!

A number of businesses have been created by parents of children with<br />

challenges. Often, they are started to meet their own child’s needs, then<br />

expanded to help families with similar issues. One such new business is<br />

Hop Along Yogi. I am honored to introduce its founder, Laura, the parent<br />

of a child with a hearing impairment, to tell her story.<br />

“On September 18, 2018, we welcomed our second baby girl, “Ellie” into<br />

the world. From day one, we were smitten. She was an angel -- 7lbs 12 oz,<br />

the most beautiful blue eyes, tiny pink fingers. She slept soundly, and she<br />

barely cried. She was perfect. And then, on her second day of life, we learned<br />

that she failed her newborn hearing screen. The nurse informed us that<br />

often the tests were inaccurate and that it was common for babies born via<br />

cesarean to have a buildup of fluid in their ears. She was tested again before<br />

we left the hospital. One ear passed, one failed, so we had to come back<br />

in another week. My husband and I didn’t think much of it as we were<br />

completely enamored and enjoying life with our two daughters.<br />

A week later, we went back for another test. She failed. Again, we chalked it<br />

up to fluid and poor testing circumstances. A month later, we returned for a<br />

more detailed test, an auditory brainstem response or ABR. I’ll never forget<br />


sitting in the audiologist’s office<br />

and her giving us the diagnosis. Our<br />

daughter had severe to profound<br />

hearing loss. The severity and<br />

magnitude of those words didn’t<br />

quite register with me.<br />

“Are you saying she’s deaf?” I had to ask<br />

her. The audiologist responded, “You<br />

could say that, yes.”<br />

I was devastated. I felt as though life, as<br />

I knew it, was over. What would raising<br />

a child with additional needs look like?<br />

Would she be okay? What would happen<br />

to my career? What would people think<br />

of her? Of me? Did I do something to<br />

cause her hearing loss? How would my<br />

older daughter cope with all of this?<br />

I was spiraling, but I knew that somehow,<br />

I had to bounce back and be strong<br />

for Ellie and my family. I had to push<br />

the negativity aside and get through<br />

the fear and uncertainty. The following<br />

principles helped me find my bearings<br />

and get back on track. I’m sharing them<br />

for anyone who’s in a difficult place and<br />

needs a little help finding their way.<br />

Helplessness Gives Way to Courage.<br />

After Ellie’s diagnosis, every<br />

insecurity I had about myself seemed<br />

to fall away. I didn’t have time to<br />

over-analyze my weaknesses<br />

anymore. At once, I was completely<br />

vulnerable, but as I became her<br />

advocate, my strength, fortitude,<br />

and resilience grew.<br />

When the shelter-in-place order<br />

began, I started teaching kids yoga<br />

classes online because I wanted to<br />

provide a way for parents and kids to<br />

connect and stay active. Ellie also had a<br />

positive response to yoga acting<br />

out different animal sounds and<br />

combining language with movement.<br />

This inspired me to use it as a tool to<br />

teach her and other kids with similar<br />

diagnoses. What started out as a<br />

fulfilling passion blossomed into my own<br />

business, Hop Along Yogi Kids Yoga,<br />

something I never dreamed<br />

of or even considered doing, but<br />

overcoming my fears associated<br />

with Ellie’s diagnosis gave me the<br />

confidence and courage to tackle<br />

any challenge thrown my way. I kept<br />

reminding myself that it’s not about<br />

where I’ve been but where I’m<br />

about to go.<br />

Tiny Victories<br />

Create Big Momentum.<br />

When your child has a health issue,<br />

you become hyper aware and hyper<br />

consumed by their progress. Along the<br />

journey, you value mini-milestones,<br />

even more than the great, big milestones.<br />

With Ellie, her first word was<br />

so amazing but the initial babbles, the<br />

learning-to-listen sounds (moo, shhh,<br />

ahhahh) created an even greater sense<br />

of pride because I knew we were on the<br />

right path. We celebrated (and will<br />

continue to celebrate) every tiny victory<br />

because each mini-milestone is the<br />

catalyst to an even greater achievement.<br />


inging mindfulness,<br />

strength and joy to all kids<br />

Community is Everything.<br />

It was overwhelming and isolating when I found out about<br />

Ellie’s hearing loss. I shut down and shut people out. But<br />

when I opened up to my tribe, they pulled me through the<br />

outlet I needed to better balance the needs of my children<br />

with my needs and share the benefits of yoga with more<br />

people. Through this experience, I found more fulfillment<br />

and pride than I ever anticipated making me feel whole again.<br />

hard times. I surrounded myself with positive people, a team<br />

of supporters — friends, therapists, Facebook groups who<br />

understood what I was experiencing, and I shared my story<br />

with them, and asked a lot of questions. The more I relied<br />

on people, the closer I felt to them which got me through<br />

the valleys.<br />

Over the last two years, I’ve experienced my share of<br />

detours, but through them I’ve met new people, formed<br />

deeper personal connections, challenged myself in new<br />

ways and spent more time with the people I love. Now, my<br />

life doesn’t feel so much like a detour, it just feels like I<br />

travelled off the beaten path and discovered something<br />

Me-Time Makes Better We-Time.<br />

truly wonderful.”<br />

I found myself thrust into a life-changing situation, one that<br />

I didn’t plan for and never saw coming. I was completely<br />

consumed by Ellie’s diagnosis and believed that the more<br />

I gave, the more I could ensure her success. But slowly the<br />

stress of constant care took its toll on my personal health,<br />

emotional state, and relationships. For me, starting Hop<br />

Laura Kowalski is owner and founder of Hop Along Yogi<br />

Kids Yoga. She teaches weekly, “live-online” classes,<br />

utilizing a flexible pay model to make classes more<br />

accessible to all. Visit www.hopalongyogi.com<br />

for more information. M<br />

Along Yogi enabled me to re-ground myself. It provided the<br />


School<br />

@ Home<br />

The pandemic has upended virtually<br />

every aspect of life; including work,<br />

recreation, and school. For many of us,<br />

everything (or at least most things) are<br />

now done at, or from, home. And for our<br />

children, that includes school, so many<br />

be, of course). There are people,<br />

organizations and resources that can<br />

help them set up and operate their<br />

home-school and join with other<br />

home-schooling families. One such<br />

person is Jean Kulczyk, M.Ed<br />

parents are, for the time-being, in effect,<br />

home-schooling.<br />

Jean has expertise and resources to<br />

help families who home-school children<br />

However, parents whose children are<br />

enrolled in their district’s public schools<br />

and are doing remote learning because<br />

that’s the only option their district<br />

currently offers are not home-schooling<br />

per se. Home-schooling families are<br />

those who have made a voluntary choice<br />

to home-school their children and f<br />

ollow the guidelines from the state<br />

related to home-schools (which are<br />

with special needs, or are considering<br />

home-schooling. She wrote a Q & A<br />

article about home-schooling a child<br />

who has special needs, which is featured<br />

on a home-schooling website,<br />

www.illinoishouse.org/special-needs.<br />

Other pages on the website address laws<br />

& regulations, historic cases, and how to<br />

locate home-schooling support groups<br />

and resources.<br />

considered private schools).<br />

Jean Kulczyk can be reached by phone<br />

Home-schooling families are not just<br />

left on their own (unless they want to<br />

at 847-662- 5432 or by email at<br />

advocate4kids@gmail.com. M<br />


I.E.P. &<br />

Section 504<br />

Accommodations<br />

two sides of the same coin?<br />

I.E.P. (which stands for stands for<br />

Individualized Education Program)<br />

is likely the most used acronym for<br />

parents of the school-aged special<br />

needs population, as it is the<br />

gatekeeper to special education<br />

services in the public-school<br />

system; nobody can enter without<br />

one. However, it is not the only<br />

avenue to accommodations for<br />

children who need them. Section<br />

504 also can come into play for<br />

students who don’t qualify for<br />

an IEP.<br />

The following is excerpted from a<br />

podcast by Catherine Whitcher:<br />

www.catherinewhitcher.com/<br />

blog/podcast504vsIEP<br />

• With an IEP, the basis is IDEA law.<br />

• An IEP has eligibility categories;<br />

a 504 plan looks at additional<br />

supports, accommodations and<br />

modifications to meet a child’s<br />

needs rather than eligibility<br />

categories.<br />

• An IEP stops at age 22; 504 plan<br />

has no age limit and can follow<br />

into college and the workplace.<br />

• An IEP addresses a child’s<br />

deficit with specific goals and<br />

specialized instruction; a<br />

504 plan addresses only<br />

accommodations, modifications<br />

and supports needed for equal<br />

access in the workplace or<br />

school setting.<br />

• Both IEP and Section 504 need<br />

a thorough annual review and<br />

can be changed as often<br />

For a 504 plan, you’re dealing<br />

with the section 504 of the<br />

rehabilitation act of 1973.<br />

• Both IEP and Section 504 have<br />

as needed.<br />

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accountability systems set up<br />

and are enforceable.<br />

www.catherinewhitcher.com/<br />

blog/podcast504vsIEP<br />

Catherine Whitcher offers a<br />

Master IEP Coach program; please<br />

visit www.masterIEPcoach.com<br />

for more information.<br />


What’s for<br />

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner?<br />

For most kids,<br />

asking what’s for breakfast, lunch,<br />

or dinner is just a casual question;<br />

sometimes asked just to see if they<br />

can turn up their nose at the answer.<br />

Furthermore, the act of eating itself<br />

is just as casual; the ability to eat<br />

whatever you want is usually taken<br />

for granted.<br />


It’s not that simple,<br />

however, for people who have dental or medical conditions<br />

that make it difficult, if not impossible, to chew, swallow,<br />

or digest food like the rest of us. This presents various<br />

complications for these individuals. At the top of the list is<br />

malnourishment and its effects. Feeding tubes, for example,<br />

can clog up and not easily deliver the sustenance a growing<br />

child (or an adult) requires.<br />

So, what’s a parent to do? Julie and Tony Bombacino found<br />

themselves in this predicament. Like many parents, when they<br />

weren’t satisfied with the solutions for their son, they came up<br />

with their own, which they named Real Food Blends.<br />

Real Food Blends,<br />

as the name says, is blended with real foods, without corn<br />

syrup, preservatives, fillers, or a need for refrigeration.<br />

The company provides 6 meal varieties for children and<br />

adults. Five of the 6 meal choices include a form of meat or<br />

dairy (namely beef, turkey, chicken, fish, eggs), as well as a<br />

vegetable and/or fruit (peaches, carrots, squash, apples,<br />

zucchini, green beans), and a starch (potatoes, oats, brown<br />

rice). One meal choice is vegetarian (quinona, kale, hemp).<br />

The product is covered by many insurance plans, and is<br />

available without a prescription.<br />

Reference: Real Food Blends website, realfoodblends.com M<br />


Play<br />

for All<br />

Inclusive<br />

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playground projects

“Children Learn Through Play” is a long-expressed<br />

truism. Children go through stages of play, from solo<br />

(playing alone) to parallel (playing alongside other<br />

children) to cooperative (playing with other children).<br />

Through play, children gain physical and social skills,<br />

among other benefits.<br />

In order to play, kids need somewhere to play.<br />

For most children, one of those places is a<br />

playground. However, for children with challenges,<br />

going (or being taken to) a typical neighborhood<br />

or community playground can be, at best, a<br />

disappointing experience. The equipment might be<br />

out of their reach, the playground surface may not<br />

easily accommodate a wheelchair or other mobility<br />

equipment, and so on.<br />

Various organizations, including public and private<br />

schools, and park districts, have met that need with<br />

“inclusive playgrounds”. Typically, these projects have<br />

been funded with both public funds and donations. In<br />

the Chicago area, inclusive playgrounds can be found<br />

in many towns, including Aurora, Bartlett, Lisle,<br />

Naperville, New Lenox, Oak Brook, Downers Grove,<br />

Barrington, Wheaton and South Elgin.<br />

Some inclusive playground projects have been<br />

spearheaded by parents advocating for their children.<br />

One such project came about through the efforts<br />

of parent Peg Chaidez, in response to her son’s<br />

experience getting stuck and left alone in his<br />

wheelchair on his elementary school’s playground<br />

when the bell rang.<br />

Peg founded Dream Build Play Experience<br />

(dbpexperience.com), and teamed up with Sharon<br />

Duncan of Abide in Me (abideinme.org), an<br />

organization dedicated to helping people with<br />

disabilities live active and engaged lives. The first<br />

playground funded was built at her son’s school in<br />

Downers Grove.<br />

References: Chicago Special Parent issuu.com/<br />

chicagoparent/docs/chicagospecialparent_0819 and<br />

issuu.com/chicagoparent/docs/special_parent_<br />

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National Handwriting Day<br />

My friend Stacey Montgomery just sent me<br />

an email letting me know Jan. 23 is National<br />

Handwriting Day. She operates a business,<br />

Stacey M design, that, among other products<br />

and services, offers opportunities for children<br />

to do journal writing, thank you notes, and other<br />

activities to promote their social & emotional<br />

wellbeing. She emphasizes the importance of<br />

handwriting as “an effective and highly impactful<br />

way to connect with others”.<br />

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For some children, however, handwriting<br />

is not just an overlooked method of<br />

communication in the age of computers,<br />

cellphones, and email; but a difficult, if not<br />

impossible, chore complicated by physical<br />

or coordination challenges.<br />

My older son, for example, had fine motor<br />

skills deficits that made handwriting an<br />

extraordinarily time-consuming task. And<br />

legible handwriting? Pretty much impossible for<br />

him. His first IEP mentioned “control deficit”.<br />

The school district at the time sent nobody to his<br />

first IEP meeting to explain what that meant. A<br />

reading teacher friend of my mother later told<br />

me that it probably meant my son had trouble<br />

holding a pencil (rather than the temper tantrums<br />

I had envisioned).<br />

This program is used by therapists in a variety of<br />

settings, such as public schools and private therapy<br />

programs. Chicago area Timber Ridge Pediatric<br />

Therapy, LLC, for example, lists Handwriting<br />

Without Tears® as one of its services on<br />

their website.<br />

There are a variety of strategies and programs<br />

to help children and adults (with or without<br />

disabilities) develop and improve their handwriting<br />

skills. Handwriting Without Tears®, for example,<br />

For more information about Handwriting Without<br />

Tears®, please visit ashleyjaynahwt.weebly.com<br />

and/or lwtears.com/hwt<br />

is widely used by schools, home-schooling<br />

programs, and therapists. Handwriting Without<br />

Tears® was developed by occupational therapist<br />

Jan Olsen and takes into account developmental<br />

needs for individuals of all ages when they are<br />

learning how to write.<br />

To reach Stacey Montgomery, you can visit her<br />

website, staceymdesign.com. She maintains a blog;<br />

several articles on the blog address challenges<br />

related to the COVID-19 virus for children, teens,<br />

and adults. M<br />

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it’s my BUSINESS<br />

be creative<br />

Adults with disabilities have many<br />

challenges. At the top of the list, for<br />

many of them, is finding or creating<br />

meaningful, productive work. For some<br />

people, the solution is to create a<br />

micro-enterprise based on their<br />

interests and skills. Income from this<br />

business can supplement government<br />

benefits for those individuals with<br />

disabilities who qualify and are receiving<br />

financial supports such as Supplemental<br />

Security Income (SSI).<br />


proposal for aGRANT<br />

However, starting any business, including a micro-enterprise,<br />

needs a business plan, start-up funds, and other<br />

supports to become successful and profitable. That’s<br />

illness that meets Social Security’s disability criteria under<br />

SSI. The application can come from an individual or a team<br />

of up to 4 members.<br />

where organizations that can help support and finance<br />

micro-enterprises come into play.<br />

The next round of grants will not become available<br />

until the Fall of 2021 and may be further delayed because<br />

One such organization is Life’s Plan, located in the<br />

Chicago area. Life’s Plan offers annual micro-grants to<br />

of COVID-19 restrictions. Be sure and check our website<br />

for updates in the fall of 2021: www.lifesplaninc.org.<br />

qualified individuals to help them start a Micro-Enterprise.<br />

I am pleased to introduce Consuelo Puente, a Life’s<br />

Plan board member and Parent Advocate on the Grants<br />

Committee, to tell us more about the micro-grant program.<br />

To submit a proposal for a grant to start your own business<br />

we have certain simple requirements. First of all, keep your<br />

proposal brief, no more than 4 pages. We ask that you tell<br />

us a little about yourself and who is going to support you<br />

Hi I am Consuelo Puente.<br />

in doing the business. We know that individuals with<br />

disabilities may need the support from a family member or<br />

I want to thank you for this opportunity to spread the word<br />

about the micro-grants available from Life’s Plan.<br />

paid staff of an agency and we take that into account in your<br />

proposal. We ask that you give us an idea of what<br />

your business is about and tell us how you<br />

‘As a parent of two adult sons with<br />

disabilities I faced the difficult question<br />

of what kind of lives will my sons have?<br />

What kind of work will be in their lives?<br />

The answers do not come easily, I am<br />

proud to be part of an organization<br />

will use the money. A budget plan and a<br />

timeline should be submitted as part of<br />

your proposal. More details on the<br />

requirements of the proposals will<br />

be released next year before the<br />

proposals are due.<br />

that provides some families with some<br />

great options. The micro-grants program<br />

provides entrepreneurs with disabilities a<br />

launching pad from which to get into the real<br />

world of business and work. The grants can<br />

be an award of up to $2000, depending on the<br />

business plan submitted to Life’s Plan.<br />

I find that the biggest problem<br />

in submitting a proposal for our<br />

micro-grants is coming up with an idea<br />

for a business that an individual with a<br />

disability can do. Of course, it is easy to say<br />

“be creative” or “think outside of the box”.<br />

Not so easy to put that advice into action. What<br />

Only adult Illinois residents are able to apply and<br />

must be considered to have a disability or mental<br />

I find more helpful is to think closer to home.<br />

My sons and I started a business based on our<br />

think outside the box<br />


micro-enterprises<br />

life long habit of running errands together. We offered<br />

to run errands for a local woman’s shelter and ended up<br />

buying their toilet paper and other essentials from Sam’s<br />

The opportunity to try and start a business of your own is in<br />

your hands. We at Life’s Plan look forward to reading about<br />

your business ideas.<br />

Club. My sons loved the free samples at Sam’s Club and<br />

were able to carry in the supplies to the shelter. Of course,<br />

my sons had prepared from earliest experience to run<br />

For questions on how to prepare a Grant application please<br />

contact me, Consuelo Puente, at ctpuente@hotmail.com<br />

errands so it was a business they were comfortable doing.<br />

Questions on how to plan a Micro-business model or<br />

The business idea can come from something you are<br />

manage a successful Micro-business: contact Matthew<br />

already doing or did in the past. Or the idea can come<br />

from something you like to do. Keep in mind it’s your<br />

business, so it has to be something you want to do more<br />

than just once.<br />

Koupal at mkoupal@aol.com<br />


ight<br />

at home<br />

For some people with physical, intellectual, and/or sensory<br />

issues, living as independently as possible is a challenge.<br />

Whether they live in a congregate setting such as a group home<br />

in their community or an apartment (with or without roommates),<br />

a number of these people need support of one kind or<br />

another. And with the current restrictions and precautions due to<br />

COVID-19, in-person support can be problematic. To a degree,<br />

technology has stepped in to fill some of the gaps.<br />

The companies listed here are among those that provide<br />

technology support, including SimplyHome, AbleLink Smart<br />

Living Technologies, Sengistix, LLC, and Night Owl Support<br />

Systems, LLC. Here are a few highlights about them.<br />


SimplyHome:<br />

“SimplyHome’s sensor-based systems can<br />

adapt over time to support independent<br />

living skills while alleviating concerns<br />

about cooking safety, medication adherence,<br />

and the risk of wandering or falls.<br />

Caregivers are notified only when they are<br />

needed, promoting the highest level of<br />

independence possible for the individual.<br />

SimplyHome works directly with selfadvocates,<br />

families, caregivers, provider<br />

organizations, and state and national<br />

agencies with the mission to empower<br />

independence through innovation.<br />

To learn more www.simply-home.com”<br />

Thanks to Emily Danciu-Grosso of Simply-<br />

Home for that description. SimplyHome<br />

can also be reached at its toll-free number,<br />

877-684-3581.<br />

Night Owl Support Systems, LLC:<br />

This company provides portable safety<br />

devices, including smoke and carbon<br />

monoxide detectors, sensors to detect<br />

flood/moisture, temperature, motion/<br />

pressure, movement, fridge/freezer<br />

opening, and door/window security.<br />

Personal pagers are provided. Christopher<br />

Patterson is the Owner/Founder of Night<br />

Owl Support Systems, LLC.<br />

Sengistix, LLC:<br />

“Sengistix, LLC is a full-service remote<br />

support technology company. SENS<br />

(Secure Environmental Network Support)<br />

and SENS Vision products provide a<br />

hardware and software-based solution,<br />

with 24×7 system monitoring, caregiver<br />

monitoring backup, installation, training,<br />

and customer support. Sengistix provides<br />

a range of high-quality products and services<br />

to meet the unique needs of<br />

individuals of all abilities.”<br />

AbleLink Smart Living Technologies:<br />

This company provides technology<br />

Thanks to John Kehr, Operations Director,<br />

for that summary. Sengistix, LLC is<br />

located at 1444 Northland Dr, Ste 150<br />

Mendota Heights, MN 55120. Phone<br />

support to help people accomplish various<br />

life skills, including (but not limited to)<br />

cooking, navigating public transportation,<br />

and scheduling their day.<br />

number is 651-695-5817.<br />

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I’d like to thank/acknowledge Susan Hudkins for providing website links to the companies who<br />

provide technology support to help people become and remain more independent in their homes<br />

despite physical, intellectual, and/or sensory challenges.<br />


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