Volume 5, Number 4 of Abilities Digest is now available online in PDF. It will be distributed to email subscribers in the next few days. Here is a summary of the contents:
- Recognizing Abilities: Eagle Project of the Year is a fully accessible musical playground. Mary Lynne Capen receives the 2018 Woods Services Award. Nominations for the 2019 Woods Services Award are due December 31.
- Adapting Advancement: Council advancement committees need Special Needs representation.
- Enhancing Awareness: A survey tool to count the number of Scouts with special needs in your council. Considering parents with bipolar disorder as potential unit leaders. Resource lists from the committee’s Resources Task Force.
Here is the Spring 2018 issue of Abilities Digest, volume 5, number 2. It will be distributed to email subscribers in the next few days.
Here is the Abilities Digest, Spring 2018 issue. We expect it to be distributed to mailing list subscribers soon.
Here is a link to the latest edition of Abilities Digest. We have been having difficulties with Abilities Digest distribution. The Fall issue is extra large to accommodate materials intended to be published earlier this year.
The recent issue of Scouting published a feature article on Scouting for youth with special needs (March-April 2017, vol 105, no 2). It is now available online.
The article gives examples of working successfully with youth who have special needs and talks about BSA’s resources and activities at the national level to support this work.
Here is a remarkable video released last month for World Autism Month. Targeted at a young audience, it explains invisible disabilities, focusing on autism. The video portrays autism as an amazing difference, not a terrible one. The writer/producer/director has included closed captions and distributes the video in multiple languages.
We never call Scouts with special needs “special-needs Scouts.” Why, you ask?
That’s because word choice matters, and Scouters on the Disabilities Awareness Committee recommend using person-first language that describes what a person has, not who a person is.
“Even though it does get a bit wordy and awkward in everyday speech,” committee chairman Tony Mei says, “this emphasizes the personhood of the individual and places the disability as a secondary condition that the individual must live with.”