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Americans throw away approximately 266 million tons of trash every year and it turns out we might as well be throwing away cash. There’s a reason dumpster diving has become so popular in recent years and that’s because things that you think are worth nothing often have value. Here is what sells:
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    In the past crafters have had to slug it out at craft fairs and farmer's markets, often meaning long hours and little profit. All of that has changed in the last few years as a number of online marketplaces have opened that allow amateur crafters a forum to sell their goods. Crafters can now have their goods seen all over the world without leaving home, which is not only great for convenience, but wonderful for keeping a low overhead. Before you pick up the glue gun and start buying pipe cleaners in bulk, here are my top tips to selling your crafts online:
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How to get your child on disability

    Did you know you may be entitled to extra money every month from social security if your child has any of the following common ailments like asthma, Infants With Low Birth Weight, juvenile arthritis, heart defects, growth Impairment or growth disorders, epilepsy, or obesity? Raising a child is hard enough without adding the extra complexities of an illness or disorder. We have put together a basic how to guide to help you navigate your way through this process.

    The process is not quick, or easy, and can be more than a little frustrating, but once you have properly established your eligibility you can look forward to a steady check every month.
1. How do I know if my child is eligible?

    There are basically only two ways to obtain benefits for a disabled child: the child’s medical condition must meet or functionally equal a listed impairment in the medical listing of impairments published by the Social Security administration, or the child’s impairment must result in two marked or one extreme limitation in certain domains.The domains are: interacting and relating with others, caring for himself or herself, acquiring and using information, attending and completing tasks, moving about and manipulating objects, and health and physical well-being. The severity of the impairment will be determined by the effect it has in limiting your child’s functioning in the above domains.

    Feel free to Google the medical listing of impairments, and spend a few days reading it, but as a general rule, any incurable illness that impairs your child's ability to be a normal kid counts, as well as the following common disorders: asthma, Infants With Low Birth Weight, juvenile arthritis, heart defects, growth Impairment or growth disorders, epilepsy, and obesity.

     You may also be eligible if your child has a learning disability. If your child has already been diagnosed with a learning disability skip this section, if you are not sure, here is what to look for:.

In preschoolers, look for:

Communication delays, such as slow language development or difficulty with speech. Problems understanding what is being said or problems communicating thoughts.
Poor coordination and uneven motor development, such as delays in learning to sit, walk, color, and using scissors. Later watch for problems forming letters and numbers.
Problems with memory and routine; for example, not remembering specifics of daily activities and not understanding instructions. Possibly, problems remembering multiple instructions.
Delays in socialization including playing and relating interactively with other children.

In elementary school, look for:

Problems learning phonemes (individual units of sound) and graphemes (letters, numbers). Problems learning how to blend sounds and letters to sound out words. Problems remembering familiar words by sight. Later, difficulty with reading comprehension.
Problems forming letters and numbers. Later, problems with basic spelling and grammar.
Difficulties learning math skills and doing math calculations.
Difficulty with remembering facts.
Difficulty organizing materials (notebook, binder, papers), information, and/or concepts.
Not understanding oral instructions and an inability to express oneself verbally. Some types of LD are not apparent until middle school or high school. With increased responsibilities and more complex work, new areas of weakness may become apparent.
Losing or forgetting materials, or doing work and forgetting to turn it into the teacher.
An inability to plan out the steps and time lines for completing projects, especially long-term projects.
Difficulty organizing thoughts for written reports or public speaking.

    If you notice any of the above items it is imperative that you get your child tested ASAP! (see step 3)

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2. Gather your documents

You will need the following items:

    Start with a government-issued piece of identification. You may use your driver's license, ID, or your passport. You will also need your social security card. Provide proof of your county residency. You can use a current mortgage payment receipt or any personal bill under your name that bears the address of the county.

    You will also need your child's birth certificate and social security card. If you do not have a social security number, you can get one from the social security administration.

    Keep all paperwork and documentation in a file. You will assemble a lot of paper. Start setting a place to put it all now. Make sure you date and sign all letters, and keep a copy in this file.

3. Get your child tested by the school for Special Education based on his/her mental or physical problems

    Go to your school office and request this ASAP! Make sure you do this in writing! Even if you don't really think your child has a learning disability, request it anyway. You never know what the test results will reveal, and its always better to be safe then sorry. Unless you have done these tests within the last 2 years, re-do them. Every school MUST perform these tests for your child at your request, and finish them within a particular time frame. The time frame varies by state. Warning: Your school WILL drag their feet! They WIILL repeatedly ask WHY you want to do this to your child! YEP! They will tell you it will not be good for your child. The reason why? It costs money. If you as a tax payer do not ask for the services you are entitled to, they do not have to give it to you. Its that simple.

    Think about it this way. Every year, when you visit the doctor for a check up, he takes a blood test. Even if you say you feel great. Why? Blood tests cost money. Wouldn't it be cheaper just to forgo the blood tests and take your word? Of course. Unless, well you had a problem that would show up on the blood test. Then you would sue the pants off your doctor. Or your children would. That's why he does the tests. The school does not have the same concerns. Since you cannot sue the school for not performing tests you did not ask for, all they need to do, is convince you not to ask. Or if you do, get you to change your mind. Then its just not their problem. Its yours, as the parent.

    Get your child tested.Maybe, like most of our annual blood tests, it will come up clean, or some small, easily fixed item. If your doctor would spend the money to find out, should you ask the school to do the same? Again, make sure this request is done in writing and date it.

    You will also have to answer the question: Why do you want your child tested? Your answer is simple. You are worried. That's all. you don't need any further reason, although you will be asked repeatedly to give one. Know that legally, don't need ANY further reason, like citing specific examples of behavior. That's what the tests are for. The school however, will do their very best to convince you that's not really a good reason, and you should have something much more specific. Be persistent. Odds are it will take more than 1 or 2 requests, and quite some time (despite whatever the laws are in your state) to get your child tested. You will most likely complete several of the next few steps before you get this testing even scheduled, let alone taken, but that's why you need to start this step ASAP.


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4. Get your child tested elsewhere.

    There are many reasons to get your child tested somewhere in addition to your school. Note: IN Addition. Your schools opinion carries the most weight in every state, so you cannot skip that step! As noted above, however, school testing is not quick. An independent option can reinforce later findings by the school, and the smaller tests can even give you the answer to the question you will get so sick of being asked: Why get your child tested? There are lots of places you can get these tests done, but unless you have good private insurance, be prepared to fork over some hefty sums of money.

    If you are low income, or just short on cash, here are is an alternative:

     4story4gold.com - Has online games for children and other online resources for testing children. Use the Learning Disability Testing link on the right.

    Make sure your print out any results or suggestions made regarding your child's performance.

5. Get all medical records from your child’s doctors.

    Get copies of all medical records from your doctor pertaining to your child health condition. Most states allow low income households to obtain free medical records. Keep this in a separate file from your school file, but together with it. Yep, this is some paperwork. Also, have your child’s doctor document in writing side effects from the child’s medication such as sleepiness, nausea, and hyperactivity.

6. Start your application

    While getting a lawyer is usually the best way to handle this, this can take money upfront. Not too may lawyers are willing to work for free, or put off being paid for months or years. However, we have managed to find the following resources:

disabilityclaims411.info - Has link to lawyers who offer FREE consultations.

fitness-force.com - Has an online application for disability. When available, also has low income legal help (not always available).

7. Follow up and keep in touch
     Make sure you follow up with each step of the process. It may take months to get testing scheduled. Months more to get your application approved and start collecting checks.  As mentioned before this is not a quick or easy process, but with some persistence and determination, you can get the extra money you are entitled to.