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Children With Special Needs

What It Means To Be A Special Needs Parent

Mia Carella | Posted 06.23.2016 | Parents
Mia Carella

Five and a half years ago we were blessed with a little bundle of joy on the morning of Christmas Eve. Our daughter, Evalyn, came into the world as an early Christmas gift for us. She was born with a serious congenital heart defect and struggled after birth.

From Hollywood Ableism to Employment

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Disability rights advocates around the world are protesting Me Before You, the latest Hollywood movie to end with the assisted suicide or euthanasia o...

A Mother's Strength

Sharhonda Stockman | Posted 05.25.2016 | Black Voices
Sharhonda Stockman

There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for your child, but it's about wanting the best for them at their pace and at Godspeed. So at this point in my life, I have learned to live in the present and be excited about what is happening right now.

Tips and Suggestions for a Smooth IEP Meeting

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 05.03.2016 | Education
International Down Syndrome Coalition

These meetings can be stressful and for many parents navigating the world of special education is difficult. Below are some tips that might help your child's meeting go a little more smoothly!

What Is Normal?

Emma Davidson | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Emma Davidson

What do we even mean by labelling things "normal," are we tagging them as socially acceptable? If you're not "normal," does that make you abnormal? A word that we so frequently associate with weird and therefore a lack of social acceptability?

The Day My Life As a Parent Changed Forever

Kera Washburn | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Kera Washburn

It began like any other day. I was a new mom to the cutest redheaded toddler you'd ever seen. I graduated from college the year before; my husband was...

Special Thanks From a Special Needs Mom

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I've been reading my friends' Facebook entries of all the things they are thankful for. And I've been reflec...

I Cry For My Son

Lola Lolita | Posted 07.20.2016 | Parents
Lola Lolita

I cry for my son when I sneak in his room at night and watch him sleep, marveling at all he has courageously accomplished as well as all he has yet to face.

5 Truths from 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime'

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 06.05.2016 | Parents
Harriet Heydemann

Although my daughter, Ariela, did not have autism, we had a lot in common with the family in the play. Without giving too much away, here are just a few of the play's insights that I related to.

Asperger's Is Not a Cheese

Lauren Salkin | Posted 05.14.2016 | Parents
Lauren Salkin

We stopped speculating about Son's ability to defy gravity and dragged him to a pediatric neurologist. To our surprise, his brain scans were normal. As far as the head tilt, the doctor said, "He'll grow out of it. It's nothing to be concerned about." Sure, he's not your kid.

The Things We Take For Granted: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Super Food for Malnourished Children in Cameroon. After years of studying abroad, Marcel Kwedi returned to his native Cameroon with a desire support his community. When he returned to his village, he found desertification and rising food costs, which led him to launch NUTRIMAX.

Tips on Designing Tablet Games for Visually Impaired Kids

Catriona Wallis | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Catriona Wallis

Our meeting with Marco was more fascinating than imagined. He described the eight reference points on a screen that a blind person uses to navigate. He told us about software and hardware that make mobile devices accessible to the blind.

Letting Go of Special Needs Parenting

Whitney Fleming | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Whitney Fleming

My journey with her hasn't changed. I will still advocate on her behalf and ensure she has the resources to succeed in this life; however, I am slowly accepting that our path heads in a different direction.

Scenic Adventures in the Life of a Foster/Adoptive Special Needs Mom

Patty Boles | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Patty Boles

People wonder how we manage a large family with special needs kids. Well, that's how we do it. I have a Richard. Don't try this without one.

Wanting Your Children to Be in School Does Not Mean You Don't Love Them

Laurie Levy | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Laurie Levy

If you are condemning other parents for not being as excited as you are to have a fun-filled day off of school, please stop. Unless you have walked the proverbial mile in someone else's shoes, you have no idea

Please Don't Praise Your Kid For Playing With Mine

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

Follow your child's lead: make a new friend, maybe even someone with a disability. No, you will not be an exceptional person for doing that -- you will just be a little bit richer for having a new friend.

The Inclusive Gap Ad That Has Everyone Cheering

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.16.2014 | Parents

Earlier this month, Gap posted a photo on the brand's Facebook page to promote its autumn kids collection. The ad shows a group of children getting re...

Dogs in Asia: Doctors Not Dinner

Jill Robinson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

In a continent where dogs are often regarded as food, a change in attitude is palpable as the science behind the healing powers of canine therapy is being embraced by animal lovers and doctors alike.

Yes, My Child With Special Needs Understands You -- Please Talk To Him

Ellen Seidman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

When you meet a kid with disabilities, talk to him, not just his parent. If he doesn't seem up for interacting, back off.

My Son's Disability Doesn't Make Me A 'Special Kind Of Person'

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

Believe me, I am not diminishing my work as a mother. I am not pretending that my son is just like everyone else. But when we glorify his friends, or his mother, or his one-day prom date, we imply that he is less-than.

When Did Handicapped Bathrooms Become a Free-for-All?

Meg Harris | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Meg Harris

There has been much debate about the usage of handicapped bathrooms. Some people feel like they should be used exclusively by handicapped individuals, and others say they are built for handicapped individuals, not reserved for them. I would like to offer my opinion and experience as a mother of a child with special needs.

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.

Saying Goodbye to Class

John M. Simmons | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

My son wasn't very old when we realized that one of his greatest talents was to be able to make people feel loved and happy. When that is combined with people who like to see Jack feel loved and happy, magic happens.

Photographing Kids With Special Needs Isn't So Complicated. Let's All Do More Of It.

Lily Francesca Alt | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Lily Francesca Alt

As the photo director for Parents magazine, I produce all sorts of fun shoots on a variety of subjects, but some projects are especially rewarding. That was the case with our recent "Life in a Special-Needs World" section.