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Children With Disabilities

Trump, State Leaders Differ On School Reform

Jack Jennings | Posted 11.21.2016 | Education
Jack Jennings

The 2016 elections are now behind us, but what remains is a divided country. Some people are very happy feeling that their voices finally were heard. ...

Confessions Of A Secret Dog Stalker | Pam Masin | Posted 06.30.2016 | OWN

This past summer, my wife Brenda and I decamped with our family of four to the New Jersey suburbs. Our reasons were mostly the typical ones: We wanted...

Proposed Act Jeopardizes Welfare of Children with Disabilities

The Heller School | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
The Heller School

By Kim Zayhowski In February of 2016, President Obama released his 2017 budget proposal, which included a $10 million boost to expand Medicaid for ho...

This Is Life Parenting Kids With Disabilities

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 01.26.2017 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

Next time you see a special needs parent, rather than thinking of how hard it is, I hope you think about what matters most. I hope you see the love.

Fantasy-Inspired Prosthetic Limbs Empower Kids To Feel Like Heroes

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 10.14.2015 | Good News

This tech startup's latest creation will have kids feeling tougher than iron and cooler than ice. Open Bionics, a U.K.-based technology company, has ...

Happy Birthday, IDEA

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.06.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I hope we can take a moment to reflect on what that extraordinary act was supposed to achieve. It was not just intended to guarantee services to children with disabilities, not just to serve them in the least restrictive environment, not just to see that they had IEPs. The idea was to help children achieve the maximum degree of success they could achieve.

Single Father Photographs The Complexities Of Raising A Daughter With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts

Being a parent is a challenge no matter what. Being a single parent, of course, requires even more responsibility and sacrifice. Being a single parent...

Want to Know What It's Like to Go Out in Public When Your Child Uses a Wheelchair?

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 05.12.2016 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

No one is being cruel. In fact, everyone is being positively dramatically spectacularly kind. Do their stares and smiles and comments make you angry? Of course not. But they do make you a bit, well... tired. Because you very quickly realize that it's not just your baby that everyone is watching. They're watching you too.

Inclusive Playground Makes Playtime Magical For Kids Of All Abilities

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 04.27.2015 | Good News

Playtime is one of the best parts about being a kid. The Magical Bridge Playground has everything a kid could want from a playscape. There are gia...

Struggling Students Read To Therapy Dogs, Find Confidence In Judgment-Free Zone

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 02.19.2015 | Good News

Therapy dogs are motivating kids who have trouble reading to hit the books. The Fletcher Library in Hendersonville, North Carolina, is home to a pr...

Happy Birthday, Sweetie Pie

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 03.17.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

Sweetie Pie was born with ten fingers, ten toes, and Down syndrome. I've never been one to wallow in the "Life is not fair" pity party, but when she was born I was confused about the unknown: Why did this happen? How do we help? What is her future? What about my daughter?

A Community of Problem Solvers: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Yes, My Adult Son with Down Syndrome Lives at Home

Mardra Sikora | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

The first thing you should know is this: My son Marcus is an adult with Down syndrome and he lives with us, not because he has to, but because we want to live together.

Reflecting on Inspirational Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey

Stephen M. Sweeney | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Stephen M. Sweeney

The 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games have just concluded and I applaud all of the event organizers, volunteers, supporters, and especially the athletes, for making this an amazing event.

To The Me Of 10 Years Ago

Phoebe Holmes | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Phoebe Holmes

You will learn to be a fighter. You will find strength you never realized you had and overcome your fear of confrontation. You do this because not doing this is not an option. That baby girl needs you to be this way. And you're not about to let that girl down.

Summer Camp for a Child With Special Needs: Learning New Things, Meeting New Friends and Trying Something You Never Tried!

Marla Murasko | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Marla Murasko

A lot of camps may encourage inclusion for children with special needs to take part in their camp activities with their typical peers.

Building Communication With a Deaf Child

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Lydia L. Callis

After a lifetime of feeling excluded from your own family, believing they never really got to know you, how do you make up for lost time? What is there to talk about?

17 Things You Can Say To A Parent Of A Child Who Has Special Needs Without Sounding Like a Jerk

Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D.

It's not hard to change your choice of wording; it just takes a moment to stop and think.

Joseph Erbentraut

How One Woman's Quest To Change The Face Of Beauty Might Actually Be Working | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.11.2014 | Good News

CHICAGO -- For Palos Park, Ill., mother Katie Driscoll, it all started with one photograph. When Driscoll's sixth child was born, the mother of fiv...

My Child With A Disability Is Not My Hero

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

The tendency of parents of kids with special needs and disabilities to say their kids are "heroes" makes me deeply uncomfortable.

Scandalous Options

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.07.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Whether the size of the football coach's salary or the glamorous new recreational facilities or the size of the Race to the Top grant, the power of money is trumping the value of real education. And once money gets into the mix, the opportunity for scandal is ever present.

Is It Bad To Give Kids And Teens With Disabilities Special Sports Treatment?

Ellen Seidman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

As the parent of a child with disability, I read the stories and watch the videos and I'm happy for the kids and parents. But lately, I've had concerns. What happens after the kid's moment in the spotlight is over?

How My Children Have Helped Me Become Perfectly Human

Andi Sligh | Posted 12.13.2013 | Parents
Andi Sligh

When I became a mom, I thought my job was to mold and shape my children into their best selves. To my surprise, my children have molded and shaped me.

Stunning Dollhouses Built For Children With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.11.2013 | Parents

These aren't your typical Barbie Dream Houses. Twenty acclaimed modern architects were enlisted by British property developer Cathedral Group to de...

What It Really Means To Be An Advocate For My Daughter

Robert Rummel-Hudson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Robert Rummel-Hudson

Sometimes I feel fear when I ponder Schuyler's future, but with that fear also comes something that looks and feels very much like hope. It's the hope that society can undergo a kind of sea change.