Archives for the month of: June, 2015

Gabriela McCall Delgado - Special Needs EssentialsMeet Gabriela McCall Delgado:

As a college student with learning disabilities and ADD, Gabriela McCall Delgado saw a need to help more students like herself connect with one another about issues regarding high school, higher education, and employment. It all started when she was looking for information regarding accommodations that colleges and universities may have had available for students with disabilities.

Realizing that there was no comprehensive place to obtain this kind of information, Delgado began brainstorming on how to change that when she was only in high school. She had the idea of a centralized place to direct people to individual websites with particular information for special needs populations.

We Connect Now:

In 2008, Delgado would conceive a solution to the problem and become a social activist right after heading to college at Juniata College of Environmental Science in Huntingdon, Penn. As a freshman, she received enough grant money (from Young People For) to fund a website and launch We Connect Now, a platform that helps students with disabilities engage with one another, empowering them for a life of success. It informs protected students looking into going to colleges and universities as regular degree seeking students on accommodations and the rights under existing law.

After a year, Delgado decided she wanted to attend a larger university, so she enrolled in her father’s former school, Louisiana State University. As a Philosophy major with a concentration in Religious Studies, the busy student still somehow managed to maintain We Connect Now website, that has now reached people in over 171 countries.

One day at a time:

Hailing from Puerto Rico, Delgado devotes much of her time to growing her business, but she doesn’t stop there. When she’s not busy bringing people together through We Connect Now, she’s working with women who have been victims of domestic violence. For Delgado, it’s all about improving the quality of the world we live in in any way she can, one day at a time.

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Cathy and Dominic - Special Needs EssentialsHi everyone! Today Cathy from Bountifulplate shares with you her autistic son Dominic’s experience with flash cards! Cathy is a homemaker/wife and a mother to a 10-year old son with Autism and ADHD, an 18-year old daughter who is a college freshman and a stepson who is 30. Originally from Maryland, she has lived in the Midwest for 13 years.

When Special Needs Essentials sent us the “ready, set, abc,” flashcards as well as the “ready, set, 123,” flashcards for Dominic, I was so excited!  As a parent, I instantly loved the size and durability of the cards, as well as the sturdy boxes to hold them in. Wouldn’t these be awesome to tuck into your child’s backpack for a long car trip or plane ride? I know I will be doing that for our upcoming 10-hour car ride to Maryland!!!  Dominic didn’t talk until he was over three and even though he will be 11 at the end of July, he is still behind his typically developing peers in speech. I plan on using both sets of flashcards in continuing to encourage Dominic to speak in complete sentences!!

Here are the flash cards used by Dominic:

ABC touch and feel flash cards - Special Needs Essentials 123 touch and feel flash cards - Special Needs Essentials

Flash Cards ABC - Specia lNeeds Essentials ready set 123 - Special Needs Essentials

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