Abilities Digest Spring 2021 Issue

Here is Abilities Digest Volume 8, number 1 for Spring 2021. Here is a summary of the contents: Adapting Activities: Preparing for summer camp; parents and youth with special needs sharing tents; waterfront and boating accessibility.Adapting Advancement: The ISAP and the IEP.Awareness Events: Membership and unit growth roundtable for special needs and disabilities; training events... Continue Reading →

The Experience of Blindness

This article appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of Abilities Digest. While updating ability-specific guidance provided by the National Special Needs and Disabilities Committee (NSNDC), we reached out to the National Federation of the Blind. With the help of Christopher S. Danielson, its Director of Public Relations, we have developed the following guidance for “Building... Continue Reading →

The Inclusion Toolbox Is Coming Soon

For the last two years the national committee has been hard at work on the replacement for the 2007 Scouting for Youth with Disabilities Manual.  The new product will be rolled out on Scouting.org as a web-based information resource and the title will be the Special Needs and Disabilities Inclusion Toolbox, or Toolbox for short. ... Continue Reading →

Abilities Digest Fall 2020 Issue

Here is Abilities Digest Volume 7, number 4 for Fall 2020. Here is a summary of the contents: Adapting Advancement: Swimming deferments for advancement; Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge.Adapting Activities: Managing behavior in an active den; Philmont offers the Zia Experience.Enhancing Awareness: National training events in 2021; the Inclusion Toolbox is coming soon.Recognizing Abilities: Your fellow... Continue Reading →

Video Preview of the Philmont Conference

Britt Flather of the National SND Committee shares the following: Our family attended the Philmont Training Center Special Needs Scouting Conference in 2019. Here are a few highlights from our adventure and why we believe you should consider PTC in 2021! The first video (one minute, below) focuses on our overall conference experience. The second... Continue Reading →

Mental Health First Aid

Within the Scouting program, we have all heard about the First Aid merit badge, First Aid CPR classes, and First Aid competitive meets. Our kids learn about it beginning at a young age and then as they grow they are exposed to opportunities to practice it. Some of them like it so much they become... Continue Reading →

Abilities Digest, Spring 2020

Here is the Spring 2020 edition of Abilities Digest (volume 7, no. 2). Contents include: • Enhancing Awareness: Q&A on COVID-19 and special needs Scouting; mental health first aid.• Awareness Events: Adaptive Special Needs conference still open for registration this summer; Zia Experience delayed until summer 2021.• Adapting Activities: New Scout Orientations and beyond.• Recognizing... Continue Reading →

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This site contains articles written for Abilities Digest, the quarterly publication of the National Special Needs and Disabilities Committee of the Boy Scouts of America.

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