Joanne De Simone is a graduate of Hunter College in New York with degrees in Dance and Special Education. She has counseled families and taught children from birth to preschool for more than twenty years. She is currently working on a memoir about her experiences as a special educator, a mother of two children with completely different but equally challenging disabilities and how her past as a dancer supports that journey. Joanne's work has appeared in several publications including Mamalode, The Mighty, Literary Mama, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and Brain, Child Magazine’s Blog. Her essay, “Benjamin is Benjamin” will be published by Temple University Press in a forthcoming book titled, Barriers and Belongings: Personal Narratives of Disability. Follow her at Special-EducationMom.com