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Special Needs Children

Why This Video Of A Boy Zipping A Jacket Is So Powerful

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.22.2017 | Parents

A seemingly simple video is offering an important message about autism. On March 8, mom and blogger Mandy Farmer posted a video of her 6-year-old son ...

And Gorsuch Makes Three: With Trump And DeVos, A Special Needs Nightmare

David Royko | Posted 03.21.2017 | Healthy Living
David Royko

First, I want to thank you, sincerely, for helping our son. Ben suffers from severe autism. His needs are immense, as are the bills, for him and the h...

These Young Gay Dads Set An Example For Parenting A Child With Special Needs

Gays With Kids | Posted 03.03.2017 | Queer Voices
Gays With Kids

Originally published on Gays With Kids. Many of us gay men became dads somewhat later in life. When we were younger perhaps our priorities lay elsewh...

Blaming The Parents Of Children With Special Needs

Shawna Wingert | Posted 03.06.2017 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

Since the day my first baby was born, I have felt responsible for my children’s differences. Not responsible in the “I’m the momma so I need to ...

You, We, Us: Semantics of a Special Needs Marriage

Eileen Flood O'Connor | Posted 03.02.2017 | Parents
Eileen Flood O'Connor

Love and marriage can be complicated by kids. The oldest of our four children was born with a rare genetic condition which causes speech and motor imp...

3 Questions That Will Help You Decide If Your Child Needs Professional Help

Pacer | Posted 02.10.2017 | Parents
Pacer

If your child has behavioral or emotional problems, seeking professional help can sometimes be a tough decision.

Father and Son: Love After Challenges and Grief

Gays With Kids | Posted 02.09.2017 | Queer Voices
Gays With Kids

Previously published on Gays With Kids. By Erika Prins Simonds A story about a little boy's challenges, a grown man's grief, and the infinite healin...

Activists Are Rallying To Stop Betsy DeVos From Running The Country's Public Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics

Earlier this week, Katie Keier, a kindergarten teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, was in a meeting with colleagues about student literacy. But inste...

What You Don't Know About My Daughter With Special Needs

Mia Carella | Posted 01.20.2017 | Parents
Mia Carella

No, you don't know my daughter, but I wish you did. You are missing out.

Dance From Your Heart: A Place Where ALL Children Can Learn To Dance

Evey Rosenbloom | Posted 01.17.2017 | Impact
Evey Rosenbloom

I had the pleasure of visiting Laylas Dance Academy, a studio designed for dancers of ALL abilities. Layla is a Russian-trained gymnast, who was scou...

Native American Students Sue The U.S. Government Over Dismal Education

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics

Kindergarten student Taylor P. has only spent a short period of time in school, but already the experience has been traumatic. Taylor, who attends sch...

Sweet 15: Life With a Teenage Special Needs Child

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.09.2017 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

"I hate you. I hate you. I hate you." I heard my soon to be 15-year-old daughter sing my praises from the back seat of our mini-van as I pulled int...

ICAN, WE-can, All Fight for ICAN!

Erin Zahradka | Posted 12.15.2016 | Education
Erin Zahradka

It's one of those feelings you can't quite describe. The support of a community of loving parents, all working towards one, seemingly simple goal of ...

Why My Family Stopped Going to Church

Kathy Radigan | Posted 12.12.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

The other day, as the kids and I were driving home from picking up Tom from his after-school club, my youngest said, "Mom, there's another baby Jesus,...

When Something Seems Wrong With Your Child

Kathy Radigan | Posted 11.29.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I still remember the morning, 14 years ago, when I knew in my soul something wasn't right with our daughter Lizzy. She was six weeks old and gorgeous....

School Forms And Preparing My Daughter With Special Needs For The Future

Kathy Radigan | Posted 11.07.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

It's that time of year again. A few weeks ago I started getting notes home from my daughter's special needs school, first reminding, then begging me, ...

From One Parent To Another: 5 Tips On Having A Child With Down Syndrome

Meriah Nichols | Posted 10.25.2016 | Parents
Meriah Nichols

Pride being more powerful than shame, it makes sense to me to teach my daughter that she has a right to be here. She has contributions to make. Down syndrome can and should define her. Her presence is as necessary to the world as the star shine is.

My Son with Autism Spectrum Disorder and His Experience with a Common Cold

Maran Whiting Hanley | Posted 10.26.2016 | Parents
Maran Whiting Hanley

Autism Spectrum Disorder, for my son, is like the world and everything in it is amplified. Everything is intensified. Big and beautiful. Loud and o...

Joy of Exploration: Thoughts From Volunteering With Special Needs Children in Abu Dhabi

Anastasiya Oleksiyenko | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
Anastasiya Oleksiyenko

In February-May 2016 I volunteered at the Future Center for Special Needs in Abu Dhabi. The Community Outreach office at my university NYU Abu Dhabi promoted the opportunity and I felt a need to take it, to actively serve the society in which I had been studying for four years.

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

HooplaHa | Posted 09.27.2016 | Good News
HooplaHa

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
Quora

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.