Cochran Firm's Helping Hands Blog

Memphis, TNHelp for Memphians

From humble beginnings in 1957 to present day, Goodwill Homes Community Services, Inc. (GHCS) has grown from a small institution helping children to a community agency providing the most extensive services to people in need in the southwest Memphis area. GHCS provides solutions for all age ranges as well as family services. Their goal is to empower their customers to become and remain self-sufficient. Goodwill Homes serves more than 10,000 people each year.

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Some studies show that as many as one child in 88 have autism to some degree. Thirty years ago autism was rarely heard of, but now the disease is becoming more prevalent. The cause is not completely understood, but it is believed that there are genetic risk factors and there may also be links to medications taken during pregnancy as well as possibilities of vaccines given after birth (not proven and some scientists completely disagree).

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halloween-kidsTrick-or-Treating and Children with Disabilities

Make sure Halloween stays safe.

Special needs children sometimes have a tendency to get into troubling situations without even realizing it. Halloween adds the dimension of unfamiliar circumstances which makes it even easier for dramatic situations to occur. Here are some tips to help make this Halloween a safer evening.

Below are some tips for children with disabilities.

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Children can get help through STEP in TennesseeHelping Children with Disabilities in Tennessee

Special needs children are often faced with additional obstacles such as bullying and harassment from peers as well as low expectations by their educators. STEP helps parents overcome these obstacles to provide the best learning environment for their child who needs special attention or instruction. STEP has the ultimate goal of enabling the child to be self-sufficient as an adult. STEP is a federal, state and privately funded organization that actively helps parents of special needs children obtain needed services provided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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2013PosterEnglishFrontOctober is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the contributions that have been made by Americans with disabilities. This designation was made by Congress in 1988 but dates back to 1945 when the first week in October was declared “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. The theme this year is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task."

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