It's that time of year again!  Every August, St. Christopher's Hospital in North Philadelphia hosts a back to school carnival for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families.  Read more to learn how you can participate in this free event!

July 19th 2013

Carly's Cafe

"Walk a mile in someone else's shoes," we say.  But how can anyone truly understand and experience someone else's life, even for a moment?  In her award-winning short film, Carly Fleischmann attempts to transform us, to insert us into her world.  This film allows us to see through the eyes of an individual with autism in a way that words cannot.  "Read more" and take the journey.

Vacations can be an amazing part of summer, but sometimes planning, organizing, and traveling to a destination can be stressful for families of CYSHCN.  Click "read more" to get some helpful tips about how you can de-stress your family's vacation this summer!

If you live an area that has been affected by the recent Medicaid switchover to managed care plans, join the PA Health Law Project at one of the FREE in-person trainings they're hosting this summer!  The trainings will focus on explaining how your access to health care may be different and what you can do to stay informed.  "Read more" for details.

The Local Epilepsy Awareness Project (LEAP) is a statewide collaboration between the Epilepsy Foundations of Western/Central and Eastern PA, as well as the Special Kids Network SOC Partnership.  This August, LEAP is hosting two meetings about epilepsy/seizure disorders in Eastern PA, and would like you to join!  Click "read more" for details.

Project SEARCH is an amazing national program (based out of the Children's Hospital of Cincinatti) that helps young adults with special needs find employment after high school and college.  Reading Pediatrics, one of MHI's medical homes, has had great success with Project SEARCH.  "Read more" to learn more about Reading Pediatrics' story!

Join advocates from around the region at the 2nd annual Philadelphia Disability Pride event!  Doors open at 9:30am, and admission is free.  Click "read more" for details.

The Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training collaborative (ASERT) is hosting two upcoming resource fairs in the Philadelphia area, one tomorrow (June 6th) and one on Saturday (June 8th).  

The Medical Home Team and the rest of the PA AAP staff are thrilled to be participating in this year's Playworks Philly Recess Day!  Play is a crucial part of childhood for children with and without special needs - by joining the Philadelphia community in a half hour of play on Tuesday, June 4th, the PA AAP hopes to raise awareness about the importance of advocating playtime for all children.  

The PA Department of Health has released an updated version of their Transition Health Care Checklist for distribution.  The checklist is an invaluable resource for families and providers throughout PA who work with young adult with special needs.  Click "read more" to download your copy in English or Spanish!