Fact Fridays

According to RespectAbility, approximately 1,586,009 Latinx students with disabilities are enrolled in U.S. public schools.

 

RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization led by a diverse staff with disabilities. The aim of the organization is to fight stigmas, advocate, and empower.

 

Intersectional families who have children who are both  Hispanic/Latinx and a disability can find resources on the respectability website. There are profiles of people who share similar intersectionality as well as resources in Spanish.

Sept. 23, 2022

Educators, counselors, parents/guardians and other adult allies play an important role in ensuring the safety, inclusion and well-being of these students, all of which are essential to academic and social-emotional growth in the classroom and school communities. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans for these students should account for the unique needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ students with disabilities to ensure that they can learn and participate in school programs and activities in a nondiscriminatory environment. 

 

Check out this guide on advocating for LGBTQ+ students with disabilities for an overview of the rights of LGBTQ+ students with disabilities as well as actionable recommendations on how to best support them.

June 17, 2022

Are you aware of what resources are available to you when your child is in a crisis? Consider Wayside’s Mobile Crisis Intervention, specifically designed to help youth experiencing a mental health crisis. 

 

Call 1-800-640-5432 to assistance. 

 

1 in 5 children, ages 13-18, have or will have a serious mental health disorder, according to nami.com.

 

Wayside Mobile Crisis Intervention:

 

An alternative to 911, available for the MetroWest and Waltham areas.

 

"Mobile Crisis Intervention is a mobile, on-site, face-to-face therapeutic response to youth experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The MCI team will identify, assess, treat and stabilize the situation reducing any immediate risk of danger to the youth or others."

May 27, 2022

“Autism is not an illness or a 'thing' a person 'has.' It is a collection of responses which must be viewed in context, and observation is always more productive than labeling. The autism spectrum is very broad, with individual variations on several key features.” 

- Autism National Committee 

April 22, 2022

More than half of American children had poor quality diets in 2016. Healthy eating habits are crucial to children's health, growth, and development. For more information on nutrition and other health-related resources, check out health.gov.

 

Source: National Institutes of Health, Health Direct

Fact Friday: Body Image Awareness Month!
“40-60% of elementary school girls are concerned about their weight or about becoming ‘too fat’.”


National Organization for Women Now.org
Check out NOW's resources on how to promote positive body image through their tools for teachers, activities for campuses, and more!

Feb. 11, 2022

This week’s Fact Friday is in honor of Prematurity Awareness Month: According to March of Dimes, 33,000 babies in the U.S. will be born premature this month. "This crisis is fueled by the health equity gap in our health care system," with "a higher chance of maternal or infant death based on race and ethnicity." Find support in March of Dimes’ NICU Family Support Program, “Your resource to improve the quality of the patient and family experience in your unit." The program is focused on education of families and hospital staff as well as providing resources that will improve patient and family experiences.

Nov. 19, 2021

According to a recent Gallup poll, K-12 educators have reported burnout rates that are significantly higher than other full-time profession. It is important now more than ever that educators allow themselves to practice self care.

 

Practicing self-care as an educator is essential. Check out the article "Self-Care Resources for Educators and Other Helping Professionals" from mindfulteachers.org for information on how to practice realistic self-care. This article has a collection of resources aimed at helping educators with the differing components to self-care.

September 16, 2022

An estimated 1 in 4 LGBTQ+ individuals have one or more disabilities, according to LGBT Map. Check out these resources from William Paterson University:

 

  • ReachOut USA

  • LBGT with Disabilities

  • Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf

  • Blind LGBT Pride International

  • Passing Twice

 

Read more about LGBTQ+ individuals with disabilities on LGBT Map!

June 10, 2022

"Recent research covering 80,000 youth globally found that depressive and anxiety symptoms doubled during the pandemic, with 25% of youth experiencing depressive symptoms and 20% experiencing anxiety symptoms."

 

It is Mental Health Awareness Month and COVID-19 has impacted mental health of youth across the globe. Learn in what ways they were affected and how we can help from the U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory "Protecting Youth Mental Health." There are specialized sections for both families and educators.

May 20, 2022

Happy World Autism Awareness Month! Want to know more about what Autism Spectrum Disorder is? Have lots of questions? Check out the Child Mind Institute's quick guide to ASD. Explore the Autism topic page for more!  

April 1, 2022

This week’s Fact Friday is for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Get the help you need by contacting the Nation Eating Disorders Association’s Helpline.

 

(800) 931-2237

Nationaleatingdisorders.org

"People with negative body image have a greater likelihood of developing an eating disorder and are more likely to suffer from feelings of depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and obsessions with weight loss."

 

Source: National Eating Disorders Association

Feb. 25, 2022

The week’s fact Friday is for Body Image Awareness: According to a study done by YouGovAmerica in 2021, approximately 51% of Americans say they feel pressured to have a certain body type.

Follow the link to get a worksheet that will help both kids and adults promote a positive body image of themselves!

Feb. 4, 2022

For this week’s Fact Friday learn how to help support Transgender youth - by respecting pronouns, allowing students to participate in school activities/teams that match their gender identities, implementing inclusive policies, and including LGBTQ+ representation/history in your curriculum. During last year’s #FSULearn, Graduate Assistant Ellen Rose read a book by Holliston author Kerri Mullen. The book, “Eli's New Clothes,” provides a way to promote conversations about gender identity and self expression.

 

Also, check out some resources for LGBTQ+ folks and allies. 

GLESN - "GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together we can transform our nation's schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve."


PFLAG - "PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. ... PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed."


Out MetroWest - "OUT MetroWest builds communities where LGBTQ+ youth thrive. ... The organization currently runs more than a dozen youth meetings per month out of its hub in Framingham. OUT MetroWest also provides online programming and satellite meetings around the MetroWest region."

Nov. 12, 2021

According to the CDC, suicide is a leading cause of death in the U.S. with 45,979 deaths in 2020. This is 1 death every 11 minutes. 

 

Check out the Center for Practice Innovation for trainings designed to help people assess risk of suicide and prepare a safety plan.

September 9, 2022

“According to the 2015 YRBS, LGB students were 140% (12% v. 5%) more likely to not go to school at least one day during the 30 days prior to the survey because of safety concerns, compared with heterosexual students. While not a direct measure of school performance, absenteeism has been linked to low graduation rates, which can have lifelong consequences.” Source: CDC

OUT MetroWest provides a plethora of resources for your child, including for school, family, health, legal, community, and dating violence. Find out what resource may be helpful for you at outmetrowest.org.

June 2, 2022

May is National Foster Care Month. According to childrensrights.org, there are approximately 424,000 children in foster care in the United States on a given day.

May 13, 2022

According to foodsafety.gov, 1 in 6 Americans will get food poisoning this year. Prevention is key! Check out the USDA’s Food Keeper App and get a better understanding of food and beverage shelf life. The app is available on both IOS and Android in English, Spanish, and Portuguese!

March 25, 2022

Fact Friday: If Barbie were a real woman her proportions would be unrealistically attainable, allowing her to promote negative body image for child across the globe.

 

Source: South Shore Eating Disorders Collaborative

 

Consider alternatives that promote more realistic depcitions of body image, such as "Lottie." These dolls were specifically designed to replicate a realistic body image for children.

 

"Responding to increasing demand from young parents for 'non-Barbie' dolls, the concept behind Lottie dolls was developed over 18 months by a group of forward-thinking child development experts, parents, nutritionists and child psychologists in the UK.

More than 100 different 'action points' were incorporated into Lottie dolls and accessories to empower children to be themselves, embrace individuality, enjoy their childhood and have meaningful and inspirational adventures."

 

Source: Toy Factory Canada

Feb. 18, 2022

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is a UN day that is celebrated every year on 3 December.
The day is about promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities at every level of society and development, and to raise awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of political, social, economic, and cultural life.
What role can you play in making the world a more inclusive and accessible place for a person with a disability to live, work, learn, and play?

Dec. 3, 2021

Here's this week's 'Fact Friday': Epilepsy Awareness month. Today's fact is that according to the Epilepsy Foundation, 150,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every year. Over a lifetime, 1 in 10 people will experience a seizure and 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy.

Nov. 5, 2021

This page was last updated on: 06/17/2022
Have any resource suggestions? Click Here to email us.