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WATCH: This Famous Surfing Dog Rides the Waves to Help Others

HooplaHa | Posted 09.27.2016 | Good News

Ricochet is one of the most world-famous, award-winning surf dogs who loves the sport, but most importantly SURFS WITH PURPOSE! She surfs solo, with children, adults, pros, celebrities, other dogs!

How Do You Explain Autism to a Three Year Old?

Quora | Posted 09.23.2016 | Parents

What is the best way to explain a disability to a 3-year-old? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions ...

My Daughter Has Special Needs And She's a Fashion Model

Kathy Radigan | Posted 09.23.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Last Saturday my beautiful teenage daughter and I spent the day in a crowded New York hotel ballroom getting her ready to model in a fashion show. Th...

3 Things That Happen When Your Autistic Child Is Different At School And At Home

Miriam Gwynne | Posted 09.09.2016 | Parents
Miriam Gwynne

I am going through a very difficult time with my son. This morning, he was carried to his taxi by my husband and myself kicking and screaming. He was ...

Dave Hoppe, Hero for People with Disabilities

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 09.01.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

With the attention focused on the Presidential election, it is easy to forget that there are committed professionals working in public service in our ...

Gov. Markell: Hero To People With Disabilities

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 08.31.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

It is easy to get depressed about a lack of leadership in America today. However, there are still impactful, caring and successful leaders out there working to make our nation a better place. One of the true heroes is Governor Jack Markell of Delaware.

The Olympics Mirror US!

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 08.23.2016 | Sports
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Like it or not, the world is changing and these images of diversity help us all to see that ultimately our talents and our personhood are what matters. So, three cheers for the athletes and for the world as it becomes more accepting of all kinds of diversity.

9 Things I've Learned About Parenting Kids With Special Needs

Alethea Mshar | Posted 08.24.2016 | Parents
Alethea Mshar

Parenthood is a rich journey. When you add special needs into the mix, the parenting experience is amplified, adding poignancy and humor. Here are a f...

How a local church changed summer for one special needs family

Miriam Gwynne | Posted 08.11.2016 | Parents
Miriam Gwynne

One email. That was all it took. A lot of courage but just one email. Last summer was so hard and I knew I could not face it again so I swallowed m...

The Only Federal Law Enforced By Angry Parents: How One Man Continues To Support Youth With Special Needs

Robyn Shulman | Posted 08.04.2016 | Education
Robyn Shulman

John, thank you so much for taking your time to chat with me today. You are a social advocate who has been fighting for the rights of disabled kids si...

Is Patience Part Of Your Wardrobe?

Dr. Mindy McNeal | Posted 08.02.2016 | Education
Dr. Mindy McNeal

It seems to be inherently linked with special education teachers. Yet, I would never have described myself as a patient person. Inquisitive, determined, flexible, even funny, yes, but patient? No way.

My Daughter Has Special Needs, and Everything Is Better Than Fine

Quora | Posted 08.01.2016 | Parents

What is it like to find out your child has Down Syndrome? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are ...

People React To My Daughter's Skin Condition And I'm Empowering Her To Respond

Courtney Westlake | Posted 07.20.2016 | Parents
Courtney Westlake

I wanted to insert myself into the conversation happening a few feet away from me, to explain and to defend -- but I held back. I craned my neck a bit, waiting to hear what my children would say to the little girl who had just asked about my daughter's red, peeling skin.

My Boy's Escape From Depression (And My New Love For Hyperactivity)

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 07.13.2016 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

I've become a different mom by witnessing the mystery, complexity and seismic hope in my child's future. I've felt how my strength and my belief in my child helps provide fuel for his flourishing.

Remembering I'm A Special Needs Mom, Not A Super Woman

Kathy Radigan | Posted 07.05.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

With everything my husband and I have done to ensure our daughter's safety, as well as never really letting her get that far from our sight, why on earth did her brother think he needed to be so responsible for her?

Death Of A Dream

Dr. Mindy McNeal | Posted 06.30.2016 | Parents
Dr. Mindy McNeal

How many of us have painted pictures of what our children's lives would look like? Granted, some of us may have to use "paint-by-number" kits, but we ...

To The Child Nobody Claps For

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 06.08.2016 | Education
Amy Aves Challenger

To the child nobody claps for, I know you. You might be finishing the year, completing a grade, but you feel invisible. There's no ceremony for you. ...

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...

I Am That Mom

Eileen Flood O'Connor | Posted 06.02.2016 | Parents
Eileen Flood O'Connor

I am a mom. I am that mom. I have four kids just a few years apart and my oldest has autism. I have managed to lose each of them at different times for varying amounts of time.

My Daughter, My Hero

Christine Waltermyer | Posted 05.29.2016 | Parents
Christine Waltermyer

I still remember the day I received the results. "The baby tested positive for Down Syndrome." When the woman told me that I was having a girl, I collapsed to the floor and burst into tears. I was growing this precious life inside of me and was in love with her already. I was also suddenly afraid of all the unknowns.

Becoming Who I Really Am

Kathy Sebright | Posted 05.27.2016 | Parents
Kathy Sebright

After I lost my two babies in pregnancy, things started to change. It's not that I was better or worse than who I was before; I was just different. I had to start all over, rebuilding this person I only had a vague recollection of.

Schoolyard Bullying: It's Ok To Be Different

Colleen Berge | Posted 05.27.2016 | Parents
Colleen Berge

Bullying. A word that has only gained in intensity and power despite its frequent use. Everyone is outraged by bullying. It's the hot topic at parent meetings and "zero tolerance for bullying" has become every school's catch phrase. And rightly so.

The I.E.P. Adventure

Olivia Rosewood | Posted 05.20.2016 | Parents
Olivia Rosewood

Would you like to come to an I.E.P. meeting with me? I know, it sounds like fun. What is an I.E.P.? It is an Individualized Educational Plan, and it is every differently abled child's right in the United States of America.


Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

They were lined up in seats. One at a time they stood up, took a microphone, introduced themselves -- their name, their job--and then ended with "I am...

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...