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Family Angered After Police Handcuff And Shackle 5-Year-Old With Special Needs

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.04.2015 | Crime

After a 5-year-old boy ended up handcuffed and shackled in a patrol car following a classroom outburst last week, his family is saying the school's fa...

Hello, Winter The Dolphin! It's Me, Eliza

Meg Harris | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Meg Harris

From the first time that Eliza watched the movie Dolphin Tale, she fell in love with Winter, a young dolphin who loses her tail. Eliza seemed to innately understand the dolphin's struggles.

One Magic Moment

Rob Ashe | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Rob Ashe

While the two of them danced, Elsa walked over to have a conversation with our oldest. We explained that she wouldn't reply back, but Elsa continued to speak to our daughter just like we do. She may not reply, but that doesn't mean she is not worthy of our words and attention.

Since When Is Autism A Competition?

Julie M Green | Posted 04.24.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Autism is not a competition. It's a spectrum, with challenges common enough to fall under the same diagnostic family tree, yet different enough for the grass to seem greener on the other side.

Finding Strength on the Vulnerable Journey to Autism Diagnosis

Laurie Ashley | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Laurie Ashley

The year leading to diagnosis was the darkest and brightest year for me. As a mother, I was vulnerable and that humbled me. My radar kicked in. This was no longer about me. This was about him.

Having a Disability Is Not Wrong

Becky Holland | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Becky Holland

Being honest is hard. When life is different to the "norm" it can be hard to know what to say. In the early days the below questions confronted me and hurt; even if a person means well it doesn't make it easy to answer. These days they don't bother me as much but I still don't like them.

A Special Needs Mom's Letter to Steve Harvey

Sonia Smith-Kang | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Sonia Smith-Kang

Did you hear the one about a mom of a special needs daughter listening to one of her favorite comedians making a tasteless joke about a special needs person?

Sometimes That Handicapped Permit Is For a Kid

Kate Welch | Posted 04.16.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

If you are ever tempted to question the legality of a handicapped permit, please leave it to the police. Not all handicaps are visible.

I Am "That" Parent

Smart Parents | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

I am that parent. Dear professionals: You know me, I am the one who asks questions. The one who will turn a 15 minute scheduled meeting into 45 minutes. The one who does not hesitate to let you know when things are not going well for her child.

Vanessa's Journey: Empowering Special Education Through Technology

Smart Parents | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

My daughter's story started like many children born with special needs - doctors telling us not to expect much. I did my research and discovered that visual learning may be one of her unique abilities. It's turned out to be true.

How One Mom Is Using Military Uniforms To Solve A Problem For Kids With Autism

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.10.2015 | Parents

When Crystal Lyons' toddler son John was diagnosed with autism in July 2014, the South Carolina mom looked into buying him a weighted vest -- a therap...

Passover Sedars - Traditional to the Future and Back

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Harriet Heydemann

I never liked Passover when I was a kid. Sedars were long and tedious. We couldn't eat anything until all of the blessings were said, and all of the commentaries were read in Hebrew and sometimes in both Hebrew and English.

Down the Rabbit Hole Again in Search of a Diagnosis

Kathy Radigan | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I would be lying if I said I wasn't scared for what the next few weeks and months may bring. I want the best for my son, and I want him to have a happy life. I know that by sharing our story, it may mean that at least one other family may know they're not alone. And isn't that what these awareness campaigns are all about?

Three Lessons from Pre-K

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 04.07.2015 | Good News
Harriet Heydemann

I read a story in Huffington Post last week about teaching kindness in kindergarten. Who could argue with that? Comments came in with praise for the program. The story brought back memories of my daughter's pre-K class.

To Succeed at School, Children With ADHD Need Both Medication and Non-Medication Treatments

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 04.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

An impor­tant ques­tion then, for mil­lions of kids diag­nosed with ADHD and for their par­ents and edu­ca­tors, is whether long-term aca­d­e­mic func­tion­ing can improve with appro­pri­ate treat­ment.

Tips on Designing Tablet Games for Visually Impaired Kids

Catriona Wallis | Posted 04.06.2015 | 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.

Autism Acceptance: Don't Stop Believin'

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 04.03.2015 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Two days before our 19-year-old autistic son Mickey leaves for sleep away camp, he asks to get a haircut. No big deal, right? But 15 years ago this would have been unthinkable.

A Birthday Dinner, Autism Style

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

When his sixth birthday rolled around, he was going through a phase where restaurants were too loud, too dark or too much fire (it's amazing how many restaurants have candles, pizza ovens or openly visible grills). The pressure was on to come up with something special.

My Sons Love Their Sister, But Not Autism

Eileen Flood O'Connor | Posted 04.03.2015 | Parents
Eileen Flood O'Connor

As much as I want my children to accept and embrace what life gives, I don't want them to feel guilty for wishing that their sister could tie her shoes or write her name or talk to them about how life can be so mean and unfair. I want them to know it's OK to love their sister, while not loving that she has autism.

How An Autism Dog Loves and Heals

Eileen Flood O'Connor | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Eileen Flood O'Connor

Pablo has plowed through many a social barrier not only for Erin, but for her brothers as well. When approached by this gentle giant sporting his bright blue service dog vest, people naturally let down their guard. Pablo puts people at ease and allows Erin to interact and communicate.

Little Sparks: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. This summer we will make our 1000th grant! Here are the extraordinary people we supported with seed funding this week.

80-Year-Old Karate-Chopping Grandma Is Making The World A Better Place

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.31.2015 | Fifty

At 80, Helen Dugan could easily take down someone decades her junior. That's because the great-grandmother has been practicing karate for over 30 year...

10 Things I Learned From My Special Needs Child

Angela J. Kim | Posted 03.30.2015 | Parents
Angela J. Kim

Pain is a natural part of life. As long as we keep our eyes and hearts on the rainbow, rainy days are no longer unbearable.

8 Things I Wish I Could've Told Myself Before I Became A Special Needs Parent

Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D.

Some days are going to be tough. You are going to fall into bed at the end of them and be amazed that you survived! But you will survive those days, and there will be so many wonderful, happy, love-filled days that will far outnumber the tough ones in the end.

My Daughter's Speech Therapy Is Breaking My Heart

Adiba Nelson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Adiba Nelson

I just want our secret language. I want to hold onto it for all its quirky, silly nuances that only she and I know about. It's selfish, I know.