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June 30, 2013

Lisa asks…

What is the proper term for mentally and physically challenged?

I know that you are supose to use people fist language such as that child who has ___ inseatd of that ___ child. but is mentally and physically challenged the correct term? I have also heard impaired and others, but I am not sure which one is correct, since they keep chaning the official language.


admin answers:

Either “People with disabilities” or “Disabled” is acceptable.

Unacceptable terms include but not limited to: “Handicapped”, “Retarded”, “Freak”, “Slow”, “Moron”, “Imbecile”, “Idiot”, “Spaz”, and “Simple”.

Joseph asks…

What qualifications do u need 2 be an air hostess?

I really want to be an air hostess. But i dont know how to go about it. So what qualifications do u need 2 be an air hostess?

admin answers:

Flight attendants are the most highly visible employees to our customers. The friendliness and quality of service provided by our flight attendants greatly influences our customers’ perceptions of Continental Airlines. Therefore, applicants are required to meet certain application requirements.

Flight Attendant Qualifications
Good judgment
Excellent dependability
Exceptional interpersonal skills
Caring and nurturing disposition
Ability to accept personal responsibility for resolving concerns
Strong work ethic
Good service orientation
Excellent communication skills
Professional appearance suitable for a conservative business environment
Friendly and polite in all situations
Ability to handle pressure in stressful situations
Physical agility and strength for assisting customers and their luggage

Application Requirements
Minimum 21 years of age
High school diploma or equivalency
Secondary education is preferred
Basic computer literacy
Ability to perform basic math skills
Minimum 2 years direct customer service experience
Ability to read, write and fluently speak and understand the English language
Bilingual fluency (ability to speak, read and write) in Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, German, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin), Japanese, Hebrew, Portuguese or Russian is preferred
Possess and maintain a valid United States passport or foreign passport with applicable VISAs. Non-U.S. Citizens must currently hold a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card). Continental Airlines does not sponsor flight attendant applicants for immigration purposes. Applicants must have the right to travel freely in and out of the United States, to and from all cities served by Continental Airlines without restriction.
Authorized to work in the United States as defined in the Immigration Reform Act of 1986
Fulfill a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required ten-year work history review, a criminal background check and submit to fingerprinting
Ability to comprehend and retain information pertinent to the position
Willing to work holidays, weekends, nights and extended hours
Willing to work “reserve” status for a long duration
Willing to reside within a driving radius of your assigned base
Willing to relocate based on company’s operational needs
Willing to submit to random drug/alcohol testing
Reliable transportation to and from the airport
Flight attendants work in an environment subject to frequent changes in geography, culture, climate, cabin altitude, G-forces, dry air, high noise levels, dim lighting, turbulence and continuous and frequent contact with others in flight. Flight attendants work in confined spaces of aircraft aisles and galleys. To accomplish service and cabin equipment operation needs for periods of long duration, flight attendants must stand, walk, kneel, bend, stoop, stretch, reach, lift heavy objects from the floor to above shoulder-level and push/pull equipment.

Application Requirements
Minimum height of 5’0″ and maximum height of 6’3″ without shoes
Height and weight proportionate to maintain professional appearance; body size cannot exceed specific aircraft dimensions (example: jumpseat, harness without modification, cabin aisle and emergency exits)
Vision correctable to 20/40 or better (uncorrected 20/200 or better)
Push and pull beverage/meal cart (150-250 lbs.)
Lift liquor kit (up to 43 lbs.)
Lift emergency window exit (up to 60 lbs.)
Open emergency door (91-126 lbs. Stress)
Maintain lifestyle free from alcohol abuse and illegal drug use
Successful completion of pre-employment examination revealing no physical or mental limitations that would impair ability to perform routine or emergency duties

Paul asks…

Is anyone familiar with the austism programs provided for children in Orlando Fl?

My husband is considering taking a job in Orlando this spring but before we decide whether or not to go, I’d like to know what the Education Progam for autistic children is like.
Can someone here help me with this?

admin answers:

I don’t live in Orlando, I live in Kissimmee (just south of Orlando) and have an autistic son who is 3 that was recently diagnosed. I’m still learning about the programs in the area but would like to share what I do know and hopefully will help you out a bit.

We are in the Osceola County school district, and Orlando is in Orange County. The school board here has programs for Speech/Language Therapy; Specific Learning Disabled; Mentally Handicapped; Emotionally Handicapped; Gifted; Physically Impaired; Hearing Impaired; Visually Impaired; and Autism.

The program for children with autism is designed for students with limited ability to understand, communicate, learn, and participate in social relationships.

The instructional program for these students emphasizes behavior modification, communication skills, socialization skills, independent living skills, vocational training, and functional academics.

Referrals to this program are reviewed by the child study team. The process includes observations, collecting and reviewing data and implementing interventions. Students referred undergo a series of tests administered by the school psychologist and speech therapist.

Preschool Education Evaluation Program
Children from three to five years old may be referred to PEEP for screening, evaluation, and possible educational placement in an Exceptional Student Education program.

Children birth to three are provided services at the Howard Phillip’s Developmental Center in Orlando or in their home, depending on the severity of the disability and the individual need.

Educational services are provided for children ages three to five who are identified as speech/language impaired, hearing impaired, visually impaired, dual sensory impaired, physically impaired, mentally handicapped, emotionally handicapped, autistic, or developmentally delayed. Full-time educational services are provided five days per week at a centrally located school. Related services may include occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision services, and/or speech/language therapy. Children with speech/language impairments may be eligible for part-time or full-time services.

The emphasis of the preschool program for children with disabilities is the development of cognitive, language, motor, social/emotional, and self-help skills in an educationally enriched environment.

The Homebound or Hospitalized program
is designed for students who are unable to attend school due to a medically diagnosed physical or mental condition which requires home or hospital confinement and restricted activities for an extended period of time.

Voluntary Pre-k
which is a 1/2 or full full day program available at various schools. The teachers have 4 yr college degrees and are certified in early childhood; full time paraprofessionals in each class; low teacher/calss ratios; they learn literacy skills, math, science, social studies, and social skills.

21st Century Community Learning Centers (S.P.I.R.I.T
Students Participating In Recreation and Instruction Together)which is offered at participating schools before school, after school, weekends, and during summer at no cost to students. They offer:
Homework Assistance: All students in the program are offered Homework assistance at the begenning of the program and a snack.
Read 180
Reading Classes
Math Facts
Family Fun Nights
Running Club
Fitness Class
Remedial Reading
Remedial Math
FCAT Explorer
Compass Learning Odyssey
ESOL Assistance
Recreational Activities
Arts & Crafts
Photography Classes
Mentoring Classes
Marine Biology
Geo Art
Music (Jazz, Drum’s, Guitar, Piano varies by site)
Media Production
Field Trip
peer mediation
Character Education ext.
Adult English Classes
Family Fun Nights
BETA & 21st CCLC sponsored Workshops for Parents

Hours and activities vary by school. Currently they have 14 schools that offers the program .

They have alternative programs for high school students to help obtain their diplomas. There’s a Vocational Rehab office thats helps students with disabilities with post-secondary education costs needed to prepare them for jobs.

There’s a Center for Autism and Related Diseases (CARD) at UCF (University of Central Florida) that provide free services and classes. They have some of their classes through the Osceola County school board, such has behavior basics and potty training; but CARD offers all types of classes through out orange county and seminole county(above orange) from feeding issues; adulthood; puberty; IDEA; IEP’s.; behavior basics, potty training, and many more. If you put your child into their data base and attend an orientation they offer the classes for free, in a few cases there are minor fees for a class/program. They will come to your house and to the child’s school and teach techniques to anyone that has contact with your child.

There’s also an local Autism Society Chapter here as well called the Autism Society of Greater Orlando.

Left some links for you, if I can help you more please contact me through my profile.

EDIT: I just received my email from CARDand wanted to share some of the info from it that they offer for classes/programs.

University of Florida/FOP “Supporting Communication” Workshop and Child Clinic:
This 3-Day workshop will address topics relevant to both professionals and families interested in multiple disabilities, including Deaf Blindness. The presentation for day one will address strategies and techniques for promoting communication with individuals who are nonverbal (not speaking or signing effectively); the presentation on day two will be focused on literacy materials and strategies for supporting students with severe and multiple disabilities in literacy learning. An optional evening presentation will provide information on tactile instruction approaches and symbols for students who are not able to make effective use of vision.

Attacking Academics: Home Solutions for Reading Comprehension
Learn about development of reading comprehension for school age children with autism. Parents who are looking for fun and meaningful activities to support their children’s learning across settings are encouraged to attend. Activities will be demonstrated and materials provided.

Behavior Basics I
This presentation will cover the art of increasing behaviors you want to increase, such as following directions, self-help and independence skills, using principles of ABA. The concepts of preventing problem behaviors and building skills through reinforcer assessment, shaping,
prompting and other ABA methods will be covered.

Behavior Basics II
This presentation will cover what to do when you have a problem behavior and how to look at problem behaviors from a functional, behavioral perspective using principles of ABA. The concepts of functional assessment and strategies for reducing and replacing behavior will be discussed.

Play and Toys
Wondering what kinds of toys to get your child with ASD for the holiday season? This session will cover the basics of play development, toys to encourage development of play and communication skills in children with ASD, and some guidance on safety devices to childproof your home.

Life Comes At You Fast!
This workshop will focus on planning for transition to
adulthood-beginning with a timeline for actions families must begin in middle school.

Introduction to Verbal Behavior
This presentation will give an overview of using a behavioral approach to teach language and communication to children with developmental and language delays.

Special Needs Trusts
If family members or friends fail to utilize special needs trusts in their estate planning the disabled individual can find themselves inadvertently disqualified for government assistance programs. Properplanning using a special needs trust can preserve eligibility and dramatically improve the quality of the life of the disabled individual.

Paws Together for Parents and Children with Autism
The mission of this group is to encourage building
relationships with dogs, and other animals, and explore the “Nontraditional” approach to better health.

Seminole County Public Library Special Needs Storytime Program
These 30 minute programs are designed for children with special needs, their families and friends. Each program includes music, puppets, audience participation and fun for all! Sign language interpreters are provided for each program.

Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Free therapeutic horseback riding in Lake County.

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