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Coalition of Adoptive Families (COFAF) is offering “Charting the Course,” a powerful eight-week therapeutic education series that has been presented in both Ohio and Florida for adoptive families who are struggling and want to better understand their children’s adoption-related issues. The series will be offered September 18, 2016 – November 6, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:30PM and will be conducted through separate groups for parents and their children.
For more information, click here .
To register, click here.

Coalition of Adoptive Families (COFAF) is offering a Spring Series entitled “Creating Family through Adoption”. This year COFAF discussion groups will be presented in teams of adoption specialists and adult adoptees. A suggested donation of $5.00 per person is requested.
All Discussion Groups meet from 7:00 – 9:00pm at 1550 Old Henderson Rd Suite N162, Columbus OH, 43220.

6/15/17: “How Social-Emotional-Behavioral Difficulties Correlate with Learning Problems”

7/20/17: Open Discussion

Ohio Birthparent Group
This is a community organization committed to supporting the life-long needs of birthparents through peer support, advocacy and community education.

Adoption Network Cleveland

The Coalition of Adoptive Families (COFAF) was formed to strengthen family ties through increasing awareness around the unique experience of being an adoptive family. COFAF achieves this goal through providing education and resources, along with the support of adoptive parents, primary caregivers, and adoptees. Visit the COFAF website for upcoming events.

ROCKY RIVER • First Thursday
West Shore Unitarian Church
20401 Hilliard Drive, Rocky River, Ohio 44116 – near I-90 Hilliard exit
Jan 7, Feb. 4, Mar. 3, April 7* May 5, June 2,
July 7, Aug. 4*, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1*

SUMMIT COUNTY • Second Wednesday
MedPoint Health Center
650 Graham Road, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 9*, Apr. 13, May 11, June 8,
July 13*, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9*, Dec. 14

HEIGHTS • Third Thursday
Church of the Saviour
2537 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
Jan. 21, Feb. 18*, Mar. 17, Apr. 21, May 19, June 16*,
July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20*, Nov. 17, Dec. 15

LAKE COUNTY • Last Tuesday
Mentor Baptist Church
7500 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Mentor, Ohio 44060
Jan. 26*, Feb. 23, Mar. 29, Apr. 26, May 31*, June 28,
July 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 27*, Oct. 25, Nov. 29, Dec. 27


Adoption Network Cleveland and the Ohio Birthparent Group
co-sponsor this meeting.
First Tuesday, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
For location and up-to-date information, call Amy Lomis at (216) 482-2323 or go to:

Adoption Network Cleveland and the Ohio Birthparent Group
co-sponsor this meeting.
Second Tuesday, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
6660 N. High Street, Columbus
For up-to-date information, go to:

DAYTON – Greater Miami Valley Area
Third Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
For location and up-to-date information, call: (513) 463-3450
or go to:

Fourth Monday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
For location and up-to-date information, call Amy Lomis at
(216) 482-2323 or go to:

Fourth Thursday, 8:00 to 10:00 pm
To register, go to:
Pre-registration needed. We will then send you a link to join the group. Participants limited to the first 10

• Cuyahoga County Children & Family Services: Cluster Support Groups meet monthly at various times and locations. For more information on how you can join a cluster group in your area, contact Cluster Coordinator Lois Roberts at 216-881-4345.

• Action, Inc. Hosts a support group every Friday for current and prospective adoptive parents, especially for those who have adopted or want to adopt special-needs children from public foster care agencies within Ohio or in other U.S. states. The support group is open to all families and meets from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Action, Inc. 6000 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45415. For additional information, please contact Patricia Hill, LISW, at 937-277-6101.

Adoption & Foster Care Organizations

Adopt America Network | Helping Children with Special Needs
Adopt America Network is dedicated to helping place children with special circumstances, whether they are physical, emotional or something else (for instance, older children and/or siblings). Our placements are even more vital when you consider these small souls are the innocent victims of painful loss, neglect and abuse.

Adoption Network Cleveland
4614 Prospect Avenue, Suite 550
Cleveland, OH 44103
T: 216/325-1000 F: 216/881-7510
Our mission is to connect and empower individuals, organizations, and communities impacted by adoption and foster care, and provide a source of healing for those in need.

CHOICES, Inc. fosters a meaningful quality of life for youth and families. They inspire hope, strengthen foundations, and enrich environments through supportive individualized services.
1785 Big Hill Rd.
Dayton, OH 45439
Phone: (937) 264-0084

County Child Welfare Agencies
Please see pages 11-15

Private Adoption Agencies
Please see pages 15-18

Treatment Foster Care
6402 E. Main Street, Suite 103
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
P 614.559.2800
F 614.559.2801

Wesley Family Services
89 Wesley Boulevard
Worthington, Ohio 43085
P 614.310.0902
F 614.310.0905

Other Resources

About Promises2Kids
Promises2Kids annually provides over 3,300 current and former foster youth in San Diego County with the tools, opportunities, and guidance they need to address the circumstances that brought them into foster care, overcome the difficulties of their past, and grow into healthy, happy and successful adults.

A How to for International Adoptions

Adoptive Families Magazine

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Adoption Factsheets

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption -The Adoption-Friendly Workplace
Adoption Benefits for the Workplace

North American Council on Adoptable Children
Adoption Subsidies

Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, Office of Families and Children

Ohio Family Care Association
The Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA) serves as the statewide voice for the thousands of adoptive, foster, kinship and respite families

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids
Learn about the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption program that finds adoptive families for children in foster care.

Special Needs Learning Tools #special #needs #education,special #needs #learning,special #needs #curriculum,special #education,special #education #tools,special #education

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Special Needs Education and Time4Learning

Choosing the right learning tool for a child with special needs can be a daunting task. Every child has his or her own combination of gifts, skills, needs, and difficulties with learning, so each deserves a customized learning program suited to his or her needs.

Parents want learning software that their children will like. However, while there are many entertaining educational web sites and software learning programs, few qualify as real educational learning systems, much less as one robust enough to support the special educational requirements of children with special needs. Unlike educational games, a learning system provides appropriately sequenced lessons and reinforced learning in an educationally valid, engaging scope and sequence.

When evaluating learning software for special educational needs, you should make sure that it:

  • Proceeds at the student s own special needs pace
  • Builds on existing reading, writing and math skills
  • Allows placing the child at different levels for math and language arts
  • Encourages kids to become active learners through exploration and discovery
  • Introduces new learning opportunities in a safe, supportive environment
  • Balances learning with fun!

Time4Learning offers a comprehensive, educational learning system that builds and reinforces reading, writing and math skills. It is used by children with special needs as well as by gifted and mainstream students. Using an interactive online environment, our educational learning system mixes educational lessons with learning games designed to engage and challenge your young learner. It can be used as core curriculum or a supplement to other tools. Many homeschoolers build a portion of their day around Time4lLearning. Signup for Time4Learning and get the best in special needs learning software.

Why does Time4Learning work for special needs?

Time4Learning provides a comprehensive curriculum that allows children to easily get comfortable with the system. The levels for language arts and math programs are independently set for each child. This helps children who perform or progress at vastly different levels in these major subjects. Children progress at their own rates using multisensory learning that helps each learning style. The computer is very engaging. Some children, when faced with text books or non-interactive environments, exhibit ADD/ADHD-like behavior, but, when faced with an interactive system, they are often successful in focusing and learning. The computer is impersonal so children on the Autism spectrum(specifically children with Aspergers Syndrome and high-functioning Autism) learn without the distraction of interpersonal relations.

Listen to the Parents of Children with Special Education Needs

Both of my boys really enjoy the Time4Learning program.
Of course, their favorite part was the play time, but they enjoyed the lessons as well. Thank you.

Penny Mother of twins with Learning Difficulties in Reading

I just wanted to say thank you for Time4Learning
It was a great tool for Zac through the summer, and he was asking yesterday even to do his work. I would definitely recommend this program to other families. I think it offers great characters and fun learning activities. It also gives you a chance to monitor the progress, and you can even print out reports and activity pages that your child completed. What more could you ask for? Also this is very kid- friendly Zac was able to move around the site somewhat on his own.

Theresa Mother of a five year old with autism

The content was varied and was able to keep Benjamin engaged without frustration.
It also moved him gradually through the skills and once mastered, he was appropriately quizzed. The timer was also beneficial as Benjamin learned that once it got to 0 he was free to go to the playground, where he primarily went to the PBS Kids site. I also feel that the Magic Hand was instrumental in aiding Benjamin in how to proceed with the lessons.

Ann mother of a six year old with development delay, speech language impairment, ADHD

Elizabeth really enjoys the website.
She especially liked the language sections (stories, family trees, etc.). She also found it easy to use. It is very good for children with Asperger s, as they are such visual learners and the computer gives prompt feedback.

Marianne Mother of a fourth grade girl with Asperger s Syndrome

Lena and I both found it to be age appropriate and interesting.
I LOVED the fact that I could start Lena and she was able to continue at her own pace. Ninety-five percent of the time the language level was appropriate as well as the assignments. Initially, she rushed through to get to the Playground, but as she became used to the lesson structure, she forgot about the time and Playground. The graphics and sound were awesome. Both Lena and I enjoyed all the adorable characters and narrator s voices. I would highly recommend this program as a support system during the school year, and SPECIFICALLY, during the summer months (especially if your child is not receiving any services).

Mother of daughter with ADHD and Tourette s Syndrome

Time4Learning was the first online curriculum which help my son s attention.
My son has attention (ADHD) issues and reading and learning difficulty and after difficulties in school, we find that homeschooling works well for him. Time4Learning has made our days much easier and more productive.

Mother of eight year old boy Homeschooling in Texas

Interactive Learning for Special Needs and Mainstream that is Proven Effective

Time4Learning provides learning programs with multimedia instruction, animated interactive lessons, printable worksheets, and assessments; has a low monthly price; does not require a contract; and provides a money-back guarantee so you can make sure that it works for your special education needs, satisfaction guaranteed!

Time4Learning has helped thousands of children Start Helping My Children Now .

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National Association of Special Education Teachers: Computer Hardware and Software for Special Education #computer #software,

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IEP Goals, Objective and Activities

NASET has created a simple, and easy to use application for the iPad and iPhone. The IEP Goals, Objectives Activities App provides a convenient tool to easily choose and build a student’s list of IEP Annual Goals, Short Term Objectives, and Behavioral Objectives.

In order to do this, you will be able to choose from:

  • Numerous Annual Goal areas;
  • Over 100 Short Term Objectives
  • Almost 5,000 Behavioral Objectives

Plus, this app allows you to:

  • Plan each student’s educational curriculum
  • Develop, from a list of over 2,700 Suggested Activities, enrichment experiences to enhance student development
  • Export the assembled annual goals, short term objectives and behavioral objectives for each student via email

Failure Free Reading’s materials include a unique combination of print, talking software, and teacher directed lessons. Classroom kits include teacher’s manual, reinforcement activities, student workbooks, independent reading booklets, instructional readers, flashcards, parent communication letters, certificate of accomplishments, and more. Software includes spelling, listening comprehension, story books, language development, reading comprehension activities and more. The software also has Spanish resources for teaching English to Spanish speaking students.

Failure Free Reading uses a model of repetition, control, and feedback – integrating teacher, text, and technology. The program is integrated and coordinated to provide multiple exposures in multiple contexts. Students read material that is designed to be of interest to students in their grade/age level; the logic of the program is that at each and every level, repetition, semantic support in the form of word meaning and word pronunciations, and the “additive” principle of sentence complexity (which is relaxed in grade 3 and above) provide the scaffolding that helps students cope with the texts.

Progressive Academic Learning Systems (PALS)

ABA/Discrete Trial Educational CD

  • Educational software for school and home
  • 168 lessons
  • 44,000+ tasks
  • Supports school curriculum standards
  • Spanish version available

SofDesign International, Inc.
701 E. Plano Pkwy
Suite 500
Plano, Texas 75074
Phone 972.644.0098
Fax 214.722.1500

Parrot Software
P.O. Box 250755
West Bloomfield, MI 48325
Phone: 1-800-727-7681
FAX: 248-788-3224
International: 1-248-788-3223

Computer software and more at special

teacher only prices. Proof of employment as

a teacher required to purchase products at their

LEAPS – Online Resources for Behavior Remediation

Provenio’s flagship product, LEAPS, (Life Excelerator/Assessment of Personal Skills) consists of a research-based interactive library covering 109 coping, adapting and functioning life skills. LEAPS’ assessment tool allows instructors to assess each individual student’s instructional needs and prescribes a personalized instructional program for the behavior component of the IEP process.


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Army Ranger Training #special #operations #forces,army #rangers,army #training

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Special Operations

Army Ranger Training

Like all Ranger candidates you will begin with nine weeks of Boot Camp. Upon completion of Basic Training you will attend Advanced Individual Training to earn your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). This training varies in length depending on your selected MOS.

Tip: Each MOS also has its own specific ASVAB requirements. Scoring high on the ASVAB is key to being able to choose an MOS that offers the highest bonuses and the best career opportunities in the Army. Visit our Ace the ASVAB section to learn how to make sure you qualify for the bonuses and career options you deserve.

After graduating AIT your training will continue at Army Airborne School and then on to the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP) in Fort Benning, GA.

Army Airborne School
Your next step will be to complete Airborne training. Airborne School is a unique experience requiring special dedication and a desire to be challenged mentally and physically. This three-week course, also known as Basic Airborne Training, teaches you the techniques involved in parachuting from airplanes and landing safely. The final test includes a non-assisted jump.

Airborne school is broken down into 3 weeks. The following explains the training you must complete for each week.

Ground Week:
You start with an intensive program of instruction to build individual airborne skills. These skills prepare you to make a parachute jump and land safely. You will train on the mock door, the 34-foot tower and the lateral drift apparatus.

Tower Week:
Tower Week completes your individual skill training and builds your team effort skills. To go forward to Jump Week, you must qualify on the Swing Lander Trainer (SLT), master the mass exit procedures from the 34-foot tower, and pass all physical training requirements.

Jump Week:
During Jump Week, you must successfully complete five jumps at 1,250 feet from a C-130 or C-141 aircraft. If you successfully meet the course requirements you will be granted an additional skill identifier and will be authorized to wear the coveted Silver Wing on your uniform.

When you graduate from Airborne School you will be assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment to attend the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP).

The Ranger Indoctrination Program
The Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP) begins when the Ranger Liaison picks up the Ranger candidates at Airborne School – just after graduation – to immediately begin the program. The program is designed to determine if you are suitable for service in the 75th Ranger Regiment.

The four-week program consists of physical training and continuous preparation for service in the Regiment. It is important that you learn the operational procedures, equipment, and the standards of the Regiment prior to your assignment.

    The Ranger Indoctrination Program includes the following training:
  • Daily Physical Training
  • Ranger History test
  • Map Reading
  • APF
  • Airborne Operation
  • Ranger Standards
  • Day and night land navigation
  • 5-mile run
  • Combatives
  • Knots
  • Combat Water Survival Test
  • 6, 8 and 10-mile road marches
  • Driver Training (DDC Card)
  • Fast Rope Training
  • Combat Lifesaver certification
    • To pass RIP and qualify for the 75th Ranger Regiment you must meet the following criteria:
    • Score 60 percent on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) in the 17 to 21 age group
    • Complete a 5-mile run in less than 8 minutes per mile
    • Successfully complete the Combat Water Survival Test (CWST) – You must be able to complete 15 meters in BDU’s, boots and LBE.
    • You must complete 2 of 3 road marches, one of which must be a 10-mile road march
    • You must score at least 70 percent on all exams

    Once you have completed RIP, you will finally be a Ranger and you will receive an assignment to either the 75th Ranger Regiment Headquarters or one of the three Ranger Battalions.

    Ranger School
    After you have proven yourself at your Ranger Battalion your next step will be to go to Ranger School. This school is a requirement for becoming a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in the Rangers.

    Ranger School is one of the toughest training schools a soldier can volunteer for. Army Ranger NCOs are experts in leading soldiers on difficult missions-and to do this they need rigorous training. For over two months, Ranger students train to exhaustion, pushing the limits of their minds and bodies.

    There are three distinct phases of Ranger School that require soldiers to make quick decisions in adverse situations-these phases are called crawl, walk and run.

    Crawl (Darby) Phase
    The Crawl Phase lasts 20 days. It’s designed to assess and develop the necessary physical and mental skills to complete combat missions and the remainder of Ranger School successfully. If you are not in top physical condition when you report to the Ranger School, you will have extreme difficulty keeping up with the fast pace of Ranger training, especially during this first phase.

    Walk (Mountain) Phase
    The Walk Phase takes place in the mountains and lasts 21 days. During this phase, you will receive instruction on military mountaineering tasks as well as techniques for employing squads and platoons for continuous combat patrol operations in a mountainous environment. You will further develop your ability to command and control a platoon-sized patrol through planning, preparing and executing a variety of combat patrol missions.

    Run (Swamp) Phase
    The Run Phase of Ranger School continues to develop your combat arms functional skills. You must be capable of operating effectively under conditions of extreme mental and physical stress. This is accomplished through exercises in extended platoon-level patrol operations in a swamp environment. Run Phase training further develops your ability to lead small units on airborne, air assault, small boat, ship-to-shore, and dismounted combat patrol operations in a low intensity combat environment against a well-trained, sophisticated enemy.

    For guides on how to physically prepare for Airborne Training, visit the Fitness Center .

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    PhD Scholarships: Explore Your Online Education Aid Options #online #phd #special #education

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    PhD Scholarships

    While Ph.D. scholarships are often more difficult to come by than undergraduate or graduate scholarship opportunities, they play a crucial role in helping doctoral students earn an advanced degree. Some schools offer stipends, pay living expenses, and promise work opportunities to Ph.D. candidates. However, the average doctoral student needs support by way of scholarships for doctoral students and grants to help pay for college.

    A recent study by the National Science Foundation (NSF) reported that nearly half of all doctorate recipients are in debt when they graduate; combine this with many students inability to work full time while they are earning their doctorate and it is understandable why Ph.D. scholarships are a necessity for graduate students.

    Additionally, some students are required to earn a Ph.D. to pursue a career in their field of choice. Psychiatrists, postsecondary teachers, judges, and lawyers among others are just some examples of professions for which a doctorate or professional degree is the minimum education requirement for employment. As an incentive for doctoral students who may be missing out on generating income while studying, many doctoral scholarships are offered by organizations that support mental health professionals, STEM researchers, and other fields that require a Ph.D. in hopes of recruiting graduates with an advanced education and relevant work experience. Many Ph.D. candidates in research and academia are required to further postpone their careers by completing a temporary postdoctoral training period before they are eligible for full-time employment.

    Eligibility Requirements

    Like all scholarships, eligibility requirements for doctoral scholarships vary according to program. Because Ph.D. scholarships attract individuals with strong academic records and years of experience in higher education, awards at this level of study generally prioritize subject, industry, heritage and employment over academic merit or financial need. The most common sources of doctoral scholarships tend to be corporations, government agencies and professional organizations. Some doctoral scholarships come with employment commitments, along with other eligibility factors including:

    • Eligible for doctoral study
    • Meet specific undergraduate GPA or other academic requirements
    • Pursuing a field of study related to the scholarship
    • Considering employment with the scholarship s provider
    • Alumnus of the relevant college or university
    • Legal U.S. resident status
    • Agree to work for the scholarship provider for a specific period of time

    The above list includes examples of common eligibility requirements and does not apply to all scholarships; some awards will have highly-specific and unique specifications not listed above. It is always a good idea to review eligibility requirements carefully before applying for and accepting any doctoral scholarship.

    Ph.D. Scholarships Available Now

    The American Cancer Society offers this scholarship to doctoral students for two years at a time, with the option to renew the gift for two more years after the initial award period. Preferred recipients are studying to be nursing scientists in the field of cancer nursing research.

    Courtesy of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS), this scholarship is awarded to one student each year who demonstrates skill in the use of GIS or cartography and shows promise for a career in the field. In addition to supplying research, academic, and service records of their experience in this field, applicants must be nominated by a current member of CaGIS.

    Among many research Ph.D. scholarships offered through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Hankin grant is awarded to doctoral students preparing a dissertation in nutritional epidemiology. Applicants must be registered dieticians and proposed research must be completed within two years of receiving the award.

    The Educational Audiology Association awards at least one scholarship per year to a practicing educational audiologist pursuing a doctoral degree, and who is working to promote awareness and research initiatives in the field of audiology.

    The Foundation for Physical Therapy offers three scholarships for Ph.D. students specifically designed to help fund study in the field of physical therapy. The Florence P. Kendall Post-Professional Doctoral Scholarship, the Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) I Scholarship, and the Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) II Scholarship are awarded to first-year, coursework-phase, and post-candidacy-phase students, respectively.

    Kappa Delta Pi offers several Ph.D. scholarships in various amounts for candidates pursuing Ph.D.s across numerous educational disciplines, in addition to awards for students at all levels of study. Some scholarships are available only to those attending specific institutions. All applicants must be active member of Kappa Delta Pi.

    The KPMG Peat Marwick Foundation provides this award to minority doctoral students in accounting program at Penn State s Smeal College of Business. The scholarship is renewable for up to five years of study and is awarded to up to 15 students each year. Recipients receive teaching and research assistantships provided by the institution, as well as waived tuition and fees.

    Already among the most competitive portable scholarship programs for doctoral students in science and engineering fields, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship will add 180 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2017. Ph.D. students pursuing one of 15 professions related to the Department of Defense, including civil engineering, biosciences, oceanography, and more, are eligible to apply. The award is renewable for three years and includes full tuition and fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 per year for medical insurance coverage.

    The National League for Nursing is the only membership organization in the U.S. to offer Ph.D. scholarships specifically for nurse educators. The award is aimed at not only contributing to a diverse workforce of nurse educators by helping master s and doctoral students enter the field, but also in advancing the cause within the global community.

    The Oncology Nursing Society Foundation awards numerous scholarships for doctoral students each year to registered nurses who are interested in returning to school to pursue research or clinical practice at the doctoral level in oncology nursing.

    Short for Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation, the SMART Scholarship for Service Program awards tuition to students at all levels of study, including Ph.D. students, in one of 19 STEM-related areas of study. Recipients receive a full scholarship towards tuition and fees, a health insurance allowance, and an additional stipend for personal expenses. Additionally, recipients are guaranteed job placement with the Department of Defense (DoD) upon graduation from their respective degree program.

    Each year, the American Speech-Language-Hearing (ASH) Foundation s Dreams and Possibilities Campaign awards Ph.D. scholarships of $10,000 to up to 15 doctoral candidates with promising academic records who are committed to pursuing academic careers in communication sciences fields.

    Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Louisville offers scholarships for Ph.D. students studying special education with a focus in response to intervention (RTI) or Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The scholarship includes full tuition, a stipend of $1,500 per month for living expenses, and travel funds for the student to attend an annual national conference for field professionals.

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