March is the 50th Anniversary of the Senior Nutrition Program

Beginning in 1972, the National Senior Nutrition Program has promoted nutrition-based programs and services for aging adults across the U.S. Nutrition for seniors has been instrumental in furthering quality of life and longevity and has received financial support from the Older Americans Act, which was signed into law on July 14, 1965. As it stands, local senior nutrition programs allow … Read More

Powell’s Books Showcasing Neurodivergent Stories and Texts

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Powell’s Books, the long-standing bastion of the printed word in Portland, Oregon, always seems to be on the right path. Powell’s latest move to create a new display of stories and texts centered on neurodivergence is simply wonderful and fantastically inclusive. In the words of Powell’s bookseller Rin S.: One of my goals as a bookseller is to present the … Read More

Routine: Tips for Setting and Achieving Goals

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It may be early February with the advent of the new year fading a bit, but setting goals for oneself is never out of date. And right here in Cognitopia’s suite of digital portfolio tools is our Goal Guide, which is an excellent way to create and track goals you set out to finish. Of course, it’s one thing to … Read More

New Video: Cognitopia MyLife Digital Portfolio Helps Tell Child’s Story

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If you are the primary caregiver for a neurodiverse child, you understand how tiring and frustrating it can be to tell their story over and over again. Cognitopia My Life Digital Portfolios make this easy. Your child might be young, an adolescent, or an adult, but you want other supporters to know your child the way you do. Whether autistic … Read More

CVS Funds New Housing for People with Disabilities

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CVS is a champion of people with developmental disabilities (DD), those at risk of becoming homeless, Through their Workforce Initiatives effort, CVS Health has established itself a leader in diversity and equity in employment, including their Abilities in Abundance program, focused on hiring people with disabilities. But CVS also recognizes that employment is just one part of the quality of life, as evidenced by … Read More

Get the FACTS about Transition

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We’re excited to see that FACT Oregon is conducting its Transition to Adulthood Virtual Learning Summit on January 29th. Many decisions and new opportunities face students as they engage in this transition along with their families and wider support networks. FACT Oregon, which “helps thousands of families each year navigate raising a child experiencing disability,” focuses annually on this great … Read More

Cognitopia Fosters Independence

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Through Cognitopia’s long-time collaboration with Supporting Living, Learning, andEarning with Autism (SLLEA), we’ve been helping young adults with autism to be moresuccessful in learning how to live on their own, find successful employment, and pursuecollege degrees. This recently-produced video showcases how for one SLLEAparticipant, Cognitopia systematically builds independence and optimizes the efforts ofa key support staff. View this newly-released video … Read More

Celebrating Dr. Margaret Giannini

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We here at Cognitopia mourn the passing of the first director of NIDILRR (formerly NIDRR). Margaret Giannini was a pioneer and champion for people with disabilities well before there was support or acceptance, and long after. In fact, just a week before she died she was lobbying Congress to create a federal holiday for people with disabilities. A true inspiration … Read More