This year is a great time to get involved with Little People of America. 2014 is an Election Year for Little People of America, (LPA). Eleven members sit on the LPA Board of Directors. All 11 seats are up for election. A Board Term is three years and each position has a two-term limit.
Serving as a board member is a challenging and rewarding experience. The Board holds at least four phone conference call meetings each year. Meeting commitments also include 2 day-long meetings during the National Conference. In addition, each position carries specific responsibilities which may take several hours a week and an expectation of serving on LPA committees as time and interest allow. With this commitment, LPA Board Members have the opportunity to represent the membership, manage programs, lead policy efforts, and build the organization.
All members of LPA are invited to review the positions and the eligibility criteria for the positions. Qualified members are encouraged to run for a board position. The deadline for declaring intent to run for a position is March 7, 2014. To declare your intent, send an email to Gary Arnold (President, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ron Piro (National Election Committee, RonPiro@aol.com ). Include in the email your full name, contact information, and the position in which you are interested.
Parent and Teacher Corner
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LPA has a wonderful network of parents, members and professionals who are available to help our members in a variety of different situations, whether it be someone to talk to, or a volunteer to provide a community outreach training for your school.
9. Information about IEP's and School Issues - An IEP, Individualize Education Plan is a document that will allow your child to have the physical accommodations he or she might need. Common accommodations are: more time to pass between classes without penalty, more time on tests if manual dexterity is an isue, a lowered swing or tether ball line, a step stool (portable or permanent) in the bathrooms and at water fountains, easy open door handle levels (not knobs), a light pressure on automatic door closure settings, a lowered mirror in the bathroom, a lowered paper towel dispenser, modified requirements for PE - not necessarily a special PE class. For example instead of running a mile (a common PE requirement) ask for the child to be able to walk/run a half a mile instead, if that is a better fit for the child. PE Teachers have the ability to modify the Presidents Challenge on Physical Fitness and tailor the tests to our kids abilities, allowing our kids to still participate and "pass" the requirement.
16. Magical Mask Pixi Storybook written by a a SF Bay Area parent of an LP. It is about CPAP use for children. Parents can obtain a free copy of the Magical Mask book by calling 1-800-424-0737 ext. 8