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Joanne De Simone
Formerly a professional modern dancer, 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 the past seventeen 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 lives in West Orange, New Jersey, with her boys and husband John, a feature film production professional.

Entries by Joanne De Simone

Moving Forward

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 12:57 PM

It was an ordinary day in the park. That was the plan. John and I walked around the black paved path pushing Benjamin, our non-verbal, seizure-ridden 14-year-old son, in his wheelchair. With cautious optimism, we eyeballed our 10-year-old son Sebastian as he rode his bike on the path.


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The Moment I Knew

(11) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 10:34 AM

When we asked readers to tweet about the moment they knew they needed to de-stress, the responses were alarming. Breaking points were marked by health crises, family problems and other types of suffering. We decided to go deeper into some of these stories in the hope that others...

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