Autism and Generalization

Learning a new skill can be challenging and it often helps to begin instruction in a controlled environment like a classroom. Once this goal is achieved, it is equally important to learn (and teach) how to translate the skill into other scenarios. Literally, every skill or lesson learned should be able to be generalized by the student. The challenges associated with generalizing learned skills are a developmental characteristic of many students on the autism spectrum. These are three things teachers and/or parents should measure after the student has mastered a skill. The student’s ability to generalize skills across:

People

If a student can individually and successfully complete a task (such as reading) only in the presence of a particular person, this will not lead to a self-sustaining situation for him/her. The student will be expected to read in the presence of any number of different individuals in the course of his scholastic studies. Each person will also have his/her own unique way of interacting with the learner which should not affect the outcome of the skill or situation. In instructional situations, these are largely teacher driven activities which currently require an instructor to be present. There are also a number of social and life skills which may benefit from conducting short generalization trials.

Locations

Life skills, such as tooth brushing, often run the risk of failure if the skill is taught at school and not subsequently taught in different areas as well. There are a high number of relatively small differences from one room to the next; the light switch location, faucet design, cabinets and so on. The goal is not to teach to each and every one of these different variables, rather it is to instill in the student the ability to recognize these differences and react appropriately.

Materials

Here again, while there are various minor and sometimes major differences associated with physical items used in a skill, the student should be able to use any of these items to complete the relevant task at hand. For instance, microwaves come in many different shapes and sizes and it seems that each one has a unique operating panel. Even so, there is a universal nature to completing this task which can be taught to; such as teaching to different door opening mechanisms, locating the number panel to indicate the length of cooking, and so on.

It is very important that the learner has mastered a skill, before any attempts at generalization take place. Generally speaking, if a student can not yet complete a task in a particular setting it is unlikely that they will be able to complete it in another. Instead of teaching to each and every type of microwave or in dozens of possible locations one might brush their teeth, instructors can take performance data on several sample situations. This will give them a clearer picture of whether or not the student will be able to successfully generalize each skill with any person, in any location and using various materials to complete the task.

Beware Of Diploma Mills – If You Are Interested In Studying A Paralegal Course Online

If you are looking for an online paralegal course, you must have decided to finally give your career a boost or you’re a fresher who has interest in becoming a Paralegal.

If you have been working and decide to up your career by returning to school to earn your paralegal degree online, then you must be careful not to make the mistakes most people in your shoes readily make.

It’s important that you carefully seek out your options before entrusting yourself to an online college or university; most of them are mere diploma mills.

Of course there are several advantages in doing an online paralegal degree program. Below are some of the advantages:

An online course allows you to continue to work while studying.
You also have the advantage of studying at your own time and pace
Fees for online paralegal course may be paid in modules.
Your degree is not inferior to degrees from conventional Universities

However, as said earlier, you must ensure that you choose your online institution or University right. The best online institutions are, usually accredited Paralegal institutions are members of National Paralegal Associations, especially online institutions that run American Bar Association approved Paralegal courses. Yes, those are the ones that should catch yours eyes as you search for your ideal Paralegal institution online.

After you have picked a desirable online paralegal institution, you can source for a financial aid package, such as Stafford Loans or Perkins Loans, for your Paralegal course program.

Let me emphasis this:

No degree is worth the paper on which it is printed if the holder is unable to discharge responsibilities expected from the holder of such a qualification. And there is no way you can justify your degree if you were not a diligent student, so, if you are prepared to advance your career or pick a Paralegal career, work your course to equip your self for the challenges of a Paralegal job. It is a challenging job, but the reward is huge.

Can Government Healthcare Work in America?

Much has been written on this site and others, about the fallacy of a successfully run government healthcare delivery system in the United States.

Whether it is labeled single-payer, socialized medicine, national healthcare, etc., it is all the same and it will never work in America. In virtually every nation where the government runs the healthcare system, costs have risen well beyond expectations; long waits for treatment are commonplace; care is rationed and some treatments are denied; and taxes have increased to pay for the unexpected cost increases. There are no truly successful nationalized healthcare systems, when quality of care is compared to the gold standard: The U.S. healthcare system. By most measures however, the U.S. lags behind many other industrialized nations.

According to the World Health Organization, the U.S. ranks 24th in the world in life expectancy. This statistic alone should be cause for alarm, but upon further examination, we learn that the reasons have little to do with our healthcare system and more to do with the way we drive, what we eat, our violent behavior, our tobacco use, and our substance abuse.

The U.S. spends more on healthcare, per capita, than virtually every other industrialized country. But again, if we examine why, we find that this has much more to do with factors other than the actual cost of healthcare, like legal awards and fees, defensive medicine, malpractice insurance, the high cost of advanced technology, and certainly not least; the high cost that we all incur for the government mandates placed on health insurance companies.

We pay more for prescription drugs than any other country. However, the cost of drugs still remains only about 10% of our total cost of healthcare. Upon further examination, we can thank our own government for this. More on this later.

There is no arguing against significant reform of our healthcare system, but the prescription for the cure cannot be written by our current government. The Democrats in control of the U.S. government have only one fix; more government. They know no other way, it is in their DNA. But even putting aside politics, there is no way for a single payer system to work in America. Here is why…

Our Legal System: The American Bar Association would have us believe that litigation accounts for only 1% of total healthcare costs. This may be true for jury awards, but they are leaving out the biggest drivers of legal costs within the healthcare system. Things like legal fees for the defense, defensive medical practices, and malpractice insurance premiums are not factored in to the ABA figure.

Countries that rank above us in healthcare, according to the W.H.O., all limit plaintiff awards and have nowhere near the medical litigation we have in the U.S. In fact, if we were to just copy the medical-legal reforms of France, we could bring down healthcare costs in a significant way. Healthcare reform without true tort reform is only a haphazard attempt.

Immigration Law Enforcement: Virtually none of the illegal immigrants in the U.S. have healthcare insurance, since one needs a valid Social Security number in order to obtain coverage. Knowing that emergency rooms cannot turn away patients, the illegals have turned so many emergency rooms across the country into their primary care providers and pay nothing. These costs must be paid, so they are shifted to paying customers, driving the cost of an emergency room visit up for everyone except of course, for those who do not pay.

Illegal immigrants get sick, they get pregnant, they get into auto accidents and work-related accidents, they are involved in violent crimes, etc. If one multiplies the likelihood of these events by the millions of illegal immigrants, the result is enormously costly to us all.

Until we take strong measures to secure our borders and rid the country of those here illegally, we will continue to incur these costs.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Drug abuse in the U.S. is higher, per capita, than in any other industrialized country. The insidious drug abuse crisis in this country is a major driver of healthcare costs. Emergency room visits, mental health treatment, counseling and rehabilitation, and criminal activity all place upward pressure on the cost of healthcare.

Alcohol abuse is also responsible for a large percentage of serious auto accidents, which puts tremendous pressure on the system.

Government Mandates on Insurance Coverage: When advocacy groups successfully lobby congress or state governments and pressure them to force insurance companies to cover certain illnesses, it affects us all in the form of higher premiums. Many of us pay for coverage we don’t want or need, but they are forced upon us by our own government. One example is mental illness coverage. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, an advocacy group and lobbyist, successfully coerced government to consider mental illness on par (parody) with physical illness, resulting in the mandate that every health insurance policy must cover mental illness. However, the group didn’t stop there; the scope of coverage was broadened over time to include such things as alcohol counseling, addiction counseling, and medication for shy people (now referred to as Social Anxiety Disorder). Severe mental illness can be catastrophic to the families of the mentally ill. Treating these patients can be very costly and coverage should be available in catastrophic insurance policies. But to mandate that every health insurance policy must cover the mildly depressed or shy or those who have difficulty paying attention drives premiums up for everyone.

The result of this is the expectation that every personality quirk must be treated by a doctor with expensive medicines. This puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the system. Drugs designed to treat even mild mental illness are some of the costliest and most widely prescribed medicines.

A married couple in their fifties should not be forced to pay for maternity coverage; they should be allowed to negotiate it out of their policy in exchange for a lower premium. Shouldn’t we be able to choose which coverage we want based on our individual needs? Unfortunately, government usually forces onto the majority, what is demanded by the minority.

In a single payer system, could the government roll back some of these mandated coverages without a revolt? Or would it simply continue to treat these illnesses and pay for it with mammoth tax increases? Probably the latter.

The Great Melting Pot: As preposterous as it sounds to the educated among us, the diversity that makes America unique will also make it nearly impossible to implement a nationalized healthcare system. Let me explain.

The United States is the least homogeneous country in the industrialized world. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but when we fail to see ourselves as Americans first, we have no inherent vested interest in the country. America is perhaps the only country in the world that insists on hyphenated labels for everyone. We cannot simply be Americans of African descent, or of Asian descent. No, we must be African-American, or Asian-American. Are there African-Austrians or Asian-Canadians? I don’t know, but I have not heard of any. My point is the great sense of nationalism and American pride that used to exist in America has been under assault for much of the last forty years. During this time, the tide has turned; instead of the U.S. Government playing the role of the great unifier to unite many groups into one great nation of Americans, it seeks to divide us along racial lines. The political Left has successfully segregated our society into a bunch of victim groups with their politically correct social engineering. In one of the greatest speeches of our time, John F. Kennedy implored us to ask not what our country can do for us- ask what we can do for our country. Over time, JFK’s own party has completely turned his appeal to Americans around 180 degrees.

This has rapidly created an entitlement mentality among a large percentage of our population. Nowhere is this entitlement mentality more evident than in the realm of healthcare.

We have already seen the havoc wreaked on our healthcare system when care is provided by the government. Studies of the Medicaid system have shown the average Medicaid patient accesses the healthcare system about ten times more than those on private plans or self-pays. In addition to free healthcare, we provide a cab ride to and from the provider’s location.

The Cost of New Medicines: There is no disputing the fact that Americans pay more for their prescription drugs than any other nation. To change this, we must first examine the causes. A certain amount of greed does exist on the part of the pharmaceutical industry, but this greed is what has given us some of the most innovative advances in medicine. It is a fact that most of the life-saving and life-changing molecular compounds have been developed with the hope of a profitable return on the investment, and without the superior economic landscape of the United States since World War II, finding and creating these compounds would be less likely to be a profitable endeavor. We can thank greed for our current quality of life and the dramatic decrease in infant mortality.

The very government that seeks to find a cure for the rising cost of prescription drugs is mostly to blame for these costs. In most other countries, one can go to the local pharmacy and purchase many of our prescription medicines without a prescription. Like any other government agency, the FDA does not like to give up control. When it reluctantly does however, we see a dramatic drop in drug prices. A case in point is the drug, Prilosec. Prilosec was at one time, a $5 billion a year cash cow for its manufacturer, AstraZeneca. Has anything changed in the ingredients or strength of Prilosec since it became an over-the-counter medicine? No; other than the fact that people can afford it now, and a doctor visit is not required to obtain it, it is the same drug that required a prescription before its patent expired. There are several classes of medicines the FDA knows are relatively safe, but chooses to keep them classified as prescription drugs.

The approval process for prescription drugs is a costly and arduous one for pharmaceutical companies. It requires three phases of testing, and once a compound is submitted for approval, the patent protection clock begins. Although pharmaceutical companies make their best educated guess as to which discoveries to submit for approval, the FDA approves about one out of nine submittals, on average. $300-$900 million later, a drug may make it to market. This is the preponderant reason that a pill which costs ten cents to manufacture is priced at five dollars. The fact that many in Congress do not understand this should be troubling to all of us.

In a single payer system, will the government simply set the prices of prescription medicine? If so, we can forget about any more innovative advances in drug treatments. Of course one could argue that the pharmaceutical industry appears to support the public option, currently being debated. The reason is simple; a short-term revenue attitude is pervasive among the industry leaders, who are beholden to stockholders. If forty to sixty million new potential patients are being written new prescriptions, simple math shows a huge potential windfall for the industry. The same reason caused the industry to climb on board the Medicare Modernization Act, signed by President Bush; a whole new market opened up.

Race Baiting: There exists today, an entire industry of race baiting for financial and political gain. After watching Barak Obama’s inauguration speech, I breathed a sigh of relief, believing that we now have overcome a giant racial hurdle by having as our president a black role model, who is a devout and educated family man. I refused to believe Rush Limbaugh’s assertion that racial tension would increase, not decrease as a result of Obama’s presidency. After all, how could we be a country of racists when 52% of the electorate voted for a black man for president? But this is why Mr. Limbaugh is smarter than I; he looked past the obvious and foresaw what the Liberal White Americans would resort to when their guy is backed into a corner. Now, the race card is dealt to any American who publicly opposes the current administration’s policies. Dissent was patriotic under Bush, but it is racist under Obama.

Now imagine a healthcare system that does not provide immediate and superior care to minorities. Never mind that we would all have to put up with slow and inferior care in a government healthcare system, there would be cries of institutional racism from the race pimps who depend on racism for their living. Just like a whole new market would open up for pharmaceutical companies, the new market for the race industry would be enormous.

Crime: violent crime accounts for a large percentage of costly, emergency trauma treatment in urban areas. Will we be required to pay for this treatment in a government-run system? Of course we will. With our current rate of violent crime, this could easily break the bank.

Liberal Sacred Cows: Congress has already begun taxing certain behaviors that may place a financial burden on the healthcare system, like tobacco, and will not stop there. We are sure to see tax increases on sugary soft drinks, food with high fat content, alcohol, etc. Will we see a tax on homosexuality? HIV is a significant burden on the system, especially in certain areas of the country. What is a major cause of HIV in America? Unprotected gay male sex. What about abortion? Will all Americans be forced to pick up the tab for a procedure most are morally against? We all know the answers to these questions.

Often times, a new product is test marketed on a small scale prior to a national rollout. Government-paid healthcare has been test marketed already, and it has failed everywhere it has been tried in the United States. Medicare is always on the verge of insolvency, until taxes are raised to pay for shortfalls. Medicaid is on life support in nearly every state in the nation; only tax increases keep it afloat. Our Veteran’s Administration healthcare system is a perfect example of a U.S. Government run system which fails its members on almost every level. In Tennessee, Tenncare, a program which sought to expand state coverage to an additional 500,000 people using managed care organizations, eventually the program ran out of money, was ripe with fraud and abuse, and was completely revamped on a much smaller scale. In Massachusetts, the shortfall is so great that the state may have to end its state healthcare system or raise taxes in an already heavily taxed state.

The sales pitch usually begins with slick politicians promoting a “pay-as-you-go” or “revenue neutral” plan. Remember, to liberal Democrats, every program is revenue-neutral when they are using Monopoly money to pay for it. There will never be cuts in any budget other than defense. If costs rise, which they will, tax increases and care rationing will rule they day.

The Democrats know a single-payer system will not work but clearly, implementing a successful program is not their goal. It is evident that total government control is the endgame for the Liberals in Congress and President Obama. Government already controls about half of all healthcare expenditures with the efficiency of…well, insert any government agency name here.

A single payer healthcare system in the U.S. would be a disaster by any measure and must be vigorously opposed . The current plan being promoted by Democrats is another step toward an incremental takeover of the healthcare industry

The Case for Online Law Degrees: You Be The Judge

Do courtrooms captivate you? Do you practically live for “Perry Mason” and “Matlock” reruns? When caught in some mischief, misconduct, or malfeasance while yet a youngster, did you present zealous arguments against punishment to parental authorities?

Maybe you have a highly-honed hidden bent for debate and dispute. You might currently hold a professional position of a very different perspective and want to switch sides. Or, perhaps you strenuously object to your dead-end circumstantial situation. Today’s class will explore, evaluate, and critique the evidence for obtaining an online law degree. All rise and come to order; class is now in session.

First, the facts

The term “law degree” may connote various meanings. Throughout this presentation, the term denotes a Juris Doctorate (“JD”). This is a graduate degree specifically designed to qualify students for state bar exam passage and subsequent law practice.

Nearly every state requires a JD earned through a program accredited by the American Bar Association (“ABA”) as condition precedent for attorney licensure. California is a notable exception. As of date, the ABA does not accredit any online law degree program that includes exclusively virtual study in excess of 12 credit hours. JD degrees typically require a total of 85-95 credit hours for completion.

If you want to be a lawyer, prepare yourself for physical class attendance. The portion of your legal education attainable online still offers significant savings. Being able to complete even part of your program while maintaining current income or incur relocation and commuting expenses is significant.

As elsewhere, technology has permeated the legal professional quite liberally. Although the majority of your studies may be completed on-campus, high-tech legal research tools such as online databases and external electronic storage media have revolutionized the study and practice of law.

Legal precedents and news developments that impact your specific area of law practice are available at your fingertips and updated hourly. While a student, you can avail yourself of high-tech study aids such as Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (“CALI”).

This specialized software is designed to prepare law students for final examinations in specific law school subjects. Other multimedia aids such as DVDs and interactive CDs feature real-life instruction in Trial Advocacy and Appellate Argument.

Strong arguments for the alternatives

Opportunities for online study abound for those desiring law-related positions that do not require legal licensure. One such popular career path is Court Reporting. This profession can also be quite lucrative. Unlike stenographers commonly employed in business offices, court reporters are officers of the courts that employ them.

Their transcriptions represent the official record of formal legal proceedings. Such a task is not to be taken lightly, class. Higher court appeals, lower court criminal sentencing, and civil damage awards depend heavily upon recordations of these dedicated professionals. Moreover, these folks are empowered to administer

legally binding witness oaths prior to taking testimony.

Many court reporters are self-employed and earn six-figure incomes from transcribing testimony at depositions or administrative proceedings. Even those holding full-time court employment can earn substantial side income through independent transcript preparation for private attorneys and litigants.

The case for paralegals and other supporting staff

Paralegals and Certified Legal Assistants are vital to efficient law practice. Even small law firms operated by sole practitioners invariably have at least one such staff member. These vital assistants conduct client interviews, legal research, and document preparation.

Legal secretaries are also indispensable. Law practice is paper-intensive. Voluminous motions, briefs, written correspondence, and documentation are the order of the day. Specialized office management skills are imperative to maintain proper order and supervision of this perpetual paper tide. One missed deadline or careless disclosure of confidential data will have disastrous consequences.

Other law-related professions

Careers as a court bailiff, Court Administrator, or Court Clerk are also attractive. A major benefit of such positions is job security. Such personnel are typically employees of local or state governments. Concurrent fringe benefits and retirement pensions are usually quite substantial. Most of these positions require a bachelor’s degree in a legal or administrative field of study.

Many online educational and training programs exist to prepare you for entry into any of the above law-related careers. As always, the savings you realize from avoiding associated expenses of traditional studies are substantial.

Begin formal preparations right now. Conduct a search engine query to find an online program that fits your particular case. After thoroughly weighing and analyzing all evidence, you will reach the only reasonable verdict. Law is a rewarding, dignified career. We are hereby adjourned. Class is dismissed.

New Bills in Mississippi Senate Call For Insurance Coverage for Autism

Mississippi Senate Bills Will Require Insurers to Offer Coverage for Autism Treatment

It is a challenge to be born with autism. For parents of children affected by autism, the situation is also a challenge. It can become an almost-insurmountable challenge when the parents’ insurance provider does not cover autism treatment. Most U.S. states have already put guidelines into law that require health insurance companies to provide some coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism.

Health Coverage for Autism Treatment Varies in Each State

These laws, however, vary, depending on the state. Some states cap the amount that can be spent in a single child per year or for a lifetime. Some states provide more money for treating younger children than older ones. Others require that a child be diagnosed by the time he reaches eight years of age for autism coverage. As one can easily see, many of these state laws could use some improvement. The hardest battle, though, is in contending with states in which there is no coverage required for children with autism.

Mississippi, unfortunately, is such a state. There is, however, a glimmer of hope. In Mississippi, there have been two bills introduced that would require Mississippi’s health insurance providers to cover autism screenings, diagnoses, and treatment for children affected by autism until the child reaches the age of 21.

The Current Drive for Mississippi to Pass Autism Treatment Coverage

Although Mississippi lawmakers have voted on similar bills, they have failed to pass any of them. This time, however, the state’s autism community may have a better chance for the state to pass a mandate for insurers to cover autism screening procedures, diagnosis, and treatment. Mississippi’s secretary of state, Delbert Hosemann, has a three-year-old grandson who has autism. His personal experience with autism may help convince his colleagues of the need for effective treatment of the condition.

Moreover, this year, more advocacy organizations in the autism community have become more involved in the struggle. Autism Speaks and other organizations have been outspoken in their support for these bills. In a state that has an estimated 10,000 children who have autism, this combined effort is much-needed.

If these bills pass, the state will require companies that provide health insurance to cover screenings, diagnoses, and treatment for children affected with autism until they reach the age of 21. If passed, the new law will cover all of the types of care proven to help children with autism. In addition to pharmaceutical care, psychiatric and psychological care will be covered. As many as 25 hours of Applied Behavior Analysis, a well-documented and effective treatment method that has been proven to help children with autism become successful in adulthood, will also be covered.

The bills will create an oversight process to help children with autism receive quality care. A state autism board will be created to issue and revoke licenses for Applied Behavior Analysis practitioners. They will also regulate the licensing of autism treatment professionals, as well as checking for any violations.

Without Insurance Coverage, Getting Help with Autism is Difficult

Without insurance, caring for a child with autism is a difficult road to travel. Parents have gone to extreme lengths to obtain needed treatment. Working extra jobs may keep parents from having needed down time or family time, but the need for treatment is so great that parents are willing to do whatever it takes to get their children the help they need.

Insurance Coverage for Autism is a Long-Term Investment in Mississippi’s Future

Some lawmakers in Mississippi may worry about the cost of autism coverage for the state’s children. This short-sighted thinking neglects to take into consideration the long-term financial advantage of providing autism coverage. According to a 2007 study conducted in the nearby state of Texas, early behavioral treatment for autism can save $208,500 for each child during 18 years of education. University of Southern Mississippi assistant professor Dr. Keith Radley brought the Texas study to the attention of frugal Mississippians, in the hope that they would take a long-term approach to the financial advantages of passing the bills.

Even the most conservative estimates find that there are at least 4,500 children with autism spectrum disorder in the state. With only that number of children involved, the state could realize a savings of $935 million just by passing the bill to mandate insurance coverage for early behavioral interventions. These numbers do not come from autism advocates, but rather from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA).

More importantly, treatment can make a positive impact upon the state’s children who are affected with autism. With this help, they can realize their great potential, enroll in universities and vocational schools, and contribute to the great pool of talent in America’s workforce.

History of Kabbalah – The Story of The Book of Zohar

Zohar means Radiance, and The Book of Zohar is the fundamental book in the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is the key enabling one to reveal the spiritual part of the universe, hidden to our five senses, and the Upper Force that governs everything and brings everything into being.

It was written by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, or Rashbi, a great Kabbalist who lived in the 2nd century CE. Rashbi attained all the wisdom that was to be recorded in The Book of Zohar while hiding from the hostile Roman authorities in a cave in Northern Israel. Together with his son Rabbi Elazar, Rashbi spent 13 years living in this cave, eating fruits of a carob tree and drinking water from a nearby source. In that time, the father and son had attained all the degrees of the spiritual world, and were able to feel the Upper Force or the Creator with utter clarity.

13 years later, Rabbi Shimon and his son reemerged from the cave, assembled a group of disciples, and wrote The Book of Zohar along with them. Kabbalah explains that ten men were necessary to write this unique book, because their souls corresponded to ten spiritual forces called “Sefirot.” Only together were they able to create the common spiritual vessel able to perceive the highest degrees of the spiritual world.

Therefore, when The Book of Zohar describes Rabbi Shimon and his students, it actually refers to the qualities that exist in the spiritual world. The ten sages had attained these spiritual qualities through their souls and were able to record them in a book.

The book was written in a special way. Rashbi knew that the text had to conceal its spiritual content, because this information was intended for those who would live two millennia later – us. This is why he had one of his students, Rabbi Aba, write it. Rabbi Aba was able to put the spiritual information in a concealed manner. He wrote The Book of Zohar by listening to Rashbi and recording what he said in a way that an uninformed reader could comprehend only the shallowest, most external layer of the text. For instance, here is how the book starts: Rabbi Chizkiyah opened, “It is written, as the rose amongst the thorns.” The text is beautiful and poetic, yet requires a spiritual attainment in order to decipher its true meaning.
Hence, when we read The Book of Zohar without the needed preparation, it appears as a series of fantastical tales and legends. And to learn how to read it properly, we should start with the writings of Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag, also called Baal HaSulam, after his Sulam (Ladder) commentary on The Book of Zohar. Baal HaSulam composed a comprehensive, accurate, and systematic interpretation of The Book of Zohar. His goal was to unveil the book to the public and make it suitable for the souls of our time.

The Book of Zohar was to be concealed for two thousand years, waiting for humanity to desire spirituality. And this is happening in our time, when more and more people are asking about the purpose of their very existence. That is why The Zohar is now becoming revealed to all by the great Kabbalists who have concealed it until now.

Specific Skills Will Be Required For a Legal Secretary

The skills to become a legal secretary will require a high school diploma or a GED. You will not be required to have a college degree, but your will need specific training and skills in business, and law related subjects.

If you are interested in becoming an accredited legal secretary, you can obtain a certificate through many community colleges, and specialty continuing education programs. There are many schools that you can earn a specialized certificate for becoming a legal secretary. The University of Phoenix, American Intercontinental University, Westwood, and ITT Technical Institute, and many of your local Universities and Community Colleges are just a few of the many schools you can attend. Many schools will offer online courses if you are not close enough to attend their classes on campus.

Many legal firms will not require you to have a degree as a legal secretary, but they will want you to have some experience. You can gain experience either in the work field starting as a receptionist, or by taking a legal training course. From a class you will receive training on computer programs related to your specific field of study, learn the legal vocabulary that is needed to perform your duties as a legal secretary, and also learn the basic skills required to run an office smoothly and efficiently.

Becoming familiar with basic secretarial skills will also help you perform your duties as a legal secretary more efficiently. You will spend most of your time typing legal documents, and letters, so good, fast and efficient computer and keyboarding skills are a must. A legal secretary is a specialized secretary. You will need to know many specifics in the law profession. While many law offices will not require their legal secretaries to have a degree, knowing some of the legal lingo will help you be prepared for your potential interviews. Your duties as a legal secretary will require you to have basic receptionists skills, arrange meetings between lawyers and clients, book appointments, file legal documents, dictate letters, maintain schedules, answer phones, and interact with other office staff and lawyers on a daily basis, to name a few. Communication and people skills will also be extremely important in this type of position. Taking a training course will help you be confident and qualified to perform all of the duties that will be required of you as a legal secretary.

Positions for qualified legal secretaries are abundant. Legal secretaries can help the over all efficiency of the lawyers and their firm. The salaries for dependable, certified, experienced legal secretaries are also very competitive, and are based on your experience, and specific set of skills.

How to Find an Accredited Online Law Degree Program

Going to law school is an experience that is both incredibly challenging and immensely rewarding. Unfortunately, not everyone has the chance to study law at a university. Not only is it expensive and difficult to get in, but law school is also very demanding of your time. There are many people who want to study law but are constrained by the requirements of their work or family. Perhaps you are such a person, who would like to earn a law degree but cannot take time off to attend university classes. In that case, you are the perfect candidate to go for an online law degree. Such online degrees are now available at many law universities, who are receptive to meeting the demand for online law programs for the growing number of people who require them.

Through an online law program, you can work to achieve the degree of Juris Doctor, which can possibly allow you to get into legal practice, depending on whether you choose to take the Bar program or the Executive program. If you take the Bar track, you will enroll in a four year program that is geared towards preparing you to take the state bar exam, which on passing will qualify you to practice law as an attorney. However, you can instead choose to take the Executive JD program, which is a three year course that will provide you with basically the same legal education, but will not qualify you to take the bar exam in your state or any other.

When you are looking into an online law degree program, it is important to check whether the program has the proper accreditation. That usually means accreditation by the American Bar Association (ABA), which is the leading national association for attorneys in the United States. If the program you take does not have the approval of the ABA, then you will not be allowed to sit for a bar exam in any state with the possible exception of California. (Programs accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State of California may qualify law students to sit for the bar exam, but only in California.)

You also have to consider the costs and financing options related to the online law degree program of your choice. Distance law programs, including online law degree programs, are on the whole less expensive than attending a traditional law course at the university. That is one of the reasons why getting an online law degree can be an attractive option to many.

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The History of Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is the most common and most recommended treatment method for children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Designed to allow children to achieve their maximum potential by teaching them critical thinking and learning skills as well as social skills, ABA is a well researched and refined method of treatment that has garnered the recommendation of many of the worldís most renowned autism researchers. Something few people are aware of, however, is the rich history of ABA and how much research has been put into the therapy in the last fifty years.

Applied Behavior Analysis therapy was first developed by a psychologist name Ivar Lovaas at the University of California Los Angeles, or UCLA, in the 1960ís. Lovaas held a theory that if children with autism are rewarded for a particular behavior then they will be likely to repeat the behavior. ABA is designed to revolve around the idea of asking the child a question or giving a command and giving the correct response. If the command is followed or the response repeated, a reward is given while all other responses are ignored. Responses to each question or command are documented and progress is tracked closely.

Over the next many years, a number of therapists worked using Dr. Lovaasí therapy, with varied degrees of success. Suspecting that success was at least in part related to the amount of time spend practicing ABA, Lovaas initiated a study that involved using intensive ABA therapy for a set number of hours weekly among children. The study provided a surprising answer that is to this day one of the key points of the therapy. Children who received at least forty hours a week of intensive ABA therapy were able to complete their first grade classes and function normally on an intellectual level while none of the students who only received ten hours of training weekly were able to do so. This revolutionized the practice of ABA therapy and led to a significant increase in successful treatment cases.

These days, ABA treatment remains much the same, as it is still the standard that children should receive 40 hours of intensive applied behavioral analysis per week from a therapist, caregiver, or parent. ABA may not be a cure for autism disorders, but it offers a great deal of hope. ABA offers children a chance to live up to their full potential and allows many a chance to function fully in society without others having a clue that they have an ASD.

Major Corporations Include Autism Benefits in 2015 Employee Healthcare Packages

Several major corporations, including Fortune 500 companies such as Bank of America, Comcast, Nike and Novartis, have voluntarily introduced coverage of behavioral health treatment for autism- a category which includes Applies Behavioral Analysis-in their employee health plans for 2015. Another, JetBlue Airways, will introduce the coverage to its employees this July.

Because these companies all self-insure their health plans, they are exempted from state insurance regulation and statutes, such as autism insurance reform laws. Their health plans are regulated under federal ERISA law.

“These leading companies chose to do the right thing for their employees by voluntarily offering coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA),” said Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks’ vice for state government affairs. To do so, she pointed out, will help companies attract and retain top quality employees.

According to a 2013 Mercer survey of health benefit plans offered by companies with over 500 employees, 82 percent offered some coverage for autism diagnosis and treatment. The survey found 36 percent covered behavioral health treatment, such as ABA, up from 32 percent the year before.

Companies who plan to cover autism diagnosis and treatment beginning in 2015 are the following:

Amica Mutual Insurance Company: Headquartered in Lincoln, RI, Amica has nearly 3,200 employees. The company, who was founded in 1907, claims to be the oldest company offering mutual insurance for car owners in the US. This company offers a diverse range of insurance products including marine, personal excess liability, homeowners, and auto coverages.

Bank of America: Based in Charlotte, NC, Bank of America stands at the no. 21 mark in the Fortune 500. Its 245,000 employees provide service to a wide range of customers from individuals to giant corporations. In addition to banking, it offers asset management services, investment services, and a host of other risk management and financial services. Bank of America has 15,700 ATMs and 4,900 retail locations.

Georgia Power: This Atlanta-based electric utility company has close to 8,310 employees began in 1902 as a streetcar company. It has grown to be the largest utility company in Southern Company’s stable of electric utilities. The company provides service to over two million customers in most of the 159 counties in the state.

Novartis: A Swiss-based global pharmaceutical corporation, Novartis employs nearly 135,000 people worldwide. Formed in 1996 with the merger of Sandoz and Ciba-Geigy, the company manufactures both prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as contact lenses, vaccines, and veterinary health products.

Rock-Tenn: Ranked #293 in the Fortune 500, this Georgia company specializes in packaging and other paper products. Founded in 1898 in Nashville, Tennessee, the company’s 26,000 employees are spread throughout the world in Rock-Tenn’s 245 facilities.

TD Bank: Formed in 2008 when Commerce Bank merged with TD Banknorth, New Jersey-based TD Bank provides various banking services to commercial, retail, and small business customers throughout the Eastern United States.

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc: Started in 1937, this investment firm provides subadvisory services, separate account management, and mutual funds to a wide variety of organizations, corporations, and individuals. Through its more than 5,300 employees, the company offers financial guidance and investment planning tools.

Comcast: The largest home Internet and cable service provider in the United States, Comcast stands at #44 in the Fortune 500. Based in Philadelphia, PA, the company operates in 40 states as well as Washington, DC. It owns NBC Universal, Telemundo, and also operates the Golf Channel, NBCSN, E! Entertainment Television, and Universal Parks and Resorts.

Nike: The athletic footwear and clothing giant, ranked at #115 in the Fortune 500, has nearly 44,000 employees at its headquarters and other locations around the world. Its trademark “swoosh” has become known worldwide for the company’s excellence in athletic equipment and apparel.

JetBlue Airways: This New York-based airline will offer behavioral health treatment for autism among its benefits beginning in July, 2015 to its 15,000 employees. Ranked at #466 in the Fortune 500, Jet Blue helps families affected by autism with its Blue Horizons for Autism program that it created in partnership with Autism Speaks. The program allows people with autism, as well as their families, to travel in an environment that is relaxed and welcoming.