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Kids With Special Needs

10 Things I Need To Say To Tired Special Needs Moms

Alethea Mshar | Posted 08.10.2016 | Parents
Alethea Mshar

Dear Special Needs Mom, My guess is that you feel invisible today, that it seems like nobody really knows what your days are like. I know, I’ve been...

Mom Writes Viral Letter After Her Son Was Excluded From A Birthday Party

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.28.2016 | Parents

When her son with special needs was not invited to a classmate's birthday party, a Canadian mom wrote a powerful letter to educate the world about inc...

Girl With A Prosthetic Leg Overjoyed To Get A Doll That Has One, Too

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 06.03.2016 | Good News

What a doll! A video of a young girl named Emma Bennett, who has a prosthetic leg and received an American Girl doll with one as well, has gone viral....

A Tough Love Message to Charter Schools About the Dangers of Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

I'm an avid supporter of charter schools. I work at one. I send my kids to one. I donate to one. I'm making this disclaimer early, lest what's to come...

Piano-Playing Is Teen's Forté Despite Being Born Without Hands

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 04.21.2016 | Good News

Like Beethoven, Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles, one teen found the key to playing the piano, despite a disability. Alexei Romanov, a 15-year-old from Ru...

Powerlifter And Girl With Rare Disease Share A Strong Bond

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 04.08.2016 | Good News

He may be taller than her, but these two buds see eye-to-eye. After a photo of professional powerlifter, David “The Beast” Douglas, 29, and 12-ye...

Family Honors Bus Driver Who Looked Out For Son With Down Syndrome For 10 Years

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 04.05.2016 | Good News

A small act of kindness had a big impact on a teen with Down syndrome -- and his family. Every morning for 10 years, bus driver Scott Reynolds greeted...

When Your Sibling Has Special Needs, Your Needs Are Special Too

Heather C. Miller | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents
Heather C. Miller

I know not everyone's story is the same. Some siblings may have better coping skills to deal with the ups and downs. Some people are naturally good at looking at the bright side, while others need some help finding the light... and that's OK too.

Kmart Keeps It Inclusive By Featuring Models With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 03.22.2016 | Good News

Attention Kmart shoppers, there's an awesome new addition to the brand’s latest catalog. Kmart Australia has taken a big step toward inclusivity by ...

Fearless Boy Who Has Incurable Disease Sings Eminem's 'Not Afraid'

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 03.15.2016 | Good News

You don’t need to be a hip-hop head to heart this 12-year-old talent. Sparsh Shah, a singer and musician who also goes by his rapper name, Purhythm,...

Teen And Her Service Dog Look Fetching In Matching Prom Outfits

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 03.11.2016 | Good News

Well, haute dog! Some teens would be mortified to see someone wearing a similar outfit at prom, but Erin Condrin, a 16-year-old teen from Queensland, ...

This Hairdresser Went Above And Beyond For Her Kid Clients With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 01.14.2016 | Parents

Laura Connerton, a mom of two children with special needs, recently described a "huge moment" that took place when she took her kids for haircuts. The...

How A Special Ed Teacher's Simple Idea Is Making A Big Difference

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 10.28.2015 | Parents

Here's proof that an idea doesn't have to be complicated to go a long way. Just ask special education teacher Sadie Guthrie. A video from SoulPancake ...

Photo Series Exposes The Joy And Heartache Of Raising Kids With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.21.2015 | Parents

Photographer Natalie McCain has made headlines for her "Honest Body Project" -- an empowering collection of photo series that feature moms in a stripp...

Dad Says He Was Fired For Asking Coworkers Not To Say The R-Word

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents

When Pennsylvania dad Bruce Casper heard his coworkers repeatedly use the R-word, he complained to upper management. As a result of his speaking out, ...

Mom Petitions To Improve Travel For People With Autism

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.30.2015 | Parents

When mom Beth Joy Papaleo decided to take her toddler daughter who has special needs on a Hawaiian vacation, she made the proper arrangements to ensur...

Kids With Special Needs Become Superheroes In Mom's Awesome Photo Series

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.30.2015 | Parents

When mom Renee Bergeron took superhero-themed photos of her son with special needs, the little boy was so overjoyed with the experience that she decid...

This Girl's Small Kindness For My Special Needs Kid Was Major

Ellen Seidman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

A couple of times, Sadie -- the middle child -- came over and started dancing with Max, waving her arms and grinning. He just stood there, amused (I think he could really get used to having girls dance around him).

I Wish I'd Known Then What I Know Now

Deanna Smith | Posted 04.25.2015 | Parents
Deanna Smith

I know I am supposed to be the teacher, the mother. But the truth is, you have taught me more than I'm sure I have managed to teach you.

Dad Performs Inspiring Rap Song For Son With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents

Eight-year-old Jared was born with cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, and several other debilitating medical conditions as a result of a stroke ...

What It Feels Like To Be A Special Needs Mom

Kristi Rieger Campbell | Posted 02.09.2015 | Parents
Kristi Rieger Campbell

You'll see love that's bigger than you are. Life will be different than you imagined. But ya know what? It's going to be just fine.

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...

10-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Raises $100,000 For Other Kids With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents

Ten-year-old Keith Boyd has Cerebral Palsy and is nonverbal. He cannot walk or use his hands, and he can only speak through a special device called a ...

My Son's Rendition Of 'Let It Go' Will Change The Way You Think About Singing

Ellen Seidman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Some people might listen and think that Max is just "trying" to sing. To them I'd say: change your definition of singing.

To The Troll Who Called My Son Ugly

Megan Davies Mennes | Posted 06.21.2014 | Parents
Megan Davies Mennes

This will not be the last time someone discounts my son because he is different. It will not be the last time someone makes a joke at his expense, but to actively seek out actual people to tease goes beyond cruel. It's inhuman.