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Children With Disabilities

Happy Birthday, IDEA

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.06.2015 | 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 ...

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

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 05.12.2015 | 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.

The Most Important Thing I've Realized About My Son's Future

Dan Sally | Posted 11.22.2013 | Parents
Dan Sally

We don't know the world our children will enter into as adults any more than our parents did with us, and cultivating the ability to hear their inner voice and the courage to follow it is far more valuable than a pre-written playbook written in conventional wisdom.

Indigenous Children With Disabilities Have Rights Too

Shantha Rau Barriga | Posted 10.07.2013 | World
Shantha Rau Barriga

Olga thought she had been segregated from other students as a punishment for not understanding Spanish. Only after she'd become an adult did she realize that the teacher had been trying to protect her from getting injured by her classmates.

What I Know About Fatherhood Now That I Have A Teenager With A Disability

Robert Rummel-Hudson | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Robert Rummel-Hudson

There are only two things that I can promise my daughter without fail. I can promise her love, and the truth. One of these is much, much easier to give her with any real consistency. But both are key to being the best father I can be to her.

Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

Caryl M. Stern | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Caryl M. Stern

This critical international human rights treaty would give people with disabilities across the globe the same of kind protections afforded to U.S. citizens by the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.

One Word That Can Change Our Understanding Of Kids With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 06.27.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

So often our kids' challenges are described in terms of impairment (disability, special needs), words that encompass their entire beings. But "rebel" makes it clear it's just a part of them that's acting up. It doesn't let their challenges define who they are.