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Parenting a Limb Difference Kid

Jill Robbins | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Jill Robbins

We all want life to be easy for our kids and sometimes, it's hard to see him standing out when he'd rather fit in. My son's limb difference isn't always the first thing people notice, but eventually, they notice.

Unspoken Bonds

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 01.09.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

There is a bond between brothers that I see each day within my house. And there is a bond between a boy with a disability and his brother that is different than any other I have known.

Mom Of Special Needs Sons Supports Her Family By Bringing This Rare Product To Market

Posted 01.08.2015 | MarloThomas

"One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

What I Wish I Knew Then

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.07.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Remember it was never her job to be the dream child you expected. Children are their own people, whatever their challenges are. Give her the freedom to be the Elizabeth she's meant to be.

5 New Year's Resolutions for an Autism Mom

Julie M Green | Posted 01.05.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

I do the best I can, sure. But some days, my best falls short of good enough. My son is a tremendous kid. He deserves an equally tremendous -- at least most of the time -- mom. So in that spirit of self-improvement and self-awareness, I resolve to the following.

A Letter to my Daughter From an Autism Sibling Who's Been There

Shanell Mouland | Posted 01.05.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Grace received this letter just days ago. Be ready, because it punches you right in the feels. Amy, a volunteer with National Service Dogs, has been following our story, and she's taken a special interest in little Grace. She understands Grace, you see, in a way, even I can't.

16 People Who Made a Big Difference in 2014

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Mobility for physically and mentally challenged people in Northern Uganda. Widespread humane education in Australia. Community gardens for all in Chico, California.

Autism Without Fear: We Raise Money for Autism Research... But Not for Our Kids' Schools and Service Agencies?

Michael John Carley | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael John Carley

Many of us, as parents of spectrum kids, participate in "autism walks" or other events to raise money for autism research. But we don't volunteer anywhere near the same capacity for entities that directly impact our children -- our kids' schools or service agencies. Why?

My Special Needs Princess and the Dreaded Parent Intake Form

Kathy Radigan | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Tears I had no time for started to fall freely. I gave myself two minutes and then made myself stop. I knew my 9-year-old's bus would be here soon. I found the form in a box I use for all the things I don't want to face and set it out on the table so I could fill it out once he got home.

What We Can Learn From the Developmentally Disabled

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Karen Zainal

I love the work organizations like KEEN does, but it saddens me that we actually need to recruit volunteers to fulfill social and emotional needs that wonderful people like Charles are often deprived of.

After My Husband Left, I Chose To See Divorce As An Invaluable Gift

Margaret Hession | Posted 12.10.2014 | Divorce
Margaret Hession

The easiest path is always the dead path, the wrong trail.

For Parents of Kids With Special Needs, Parent-Teacher Conferences Feel Like Going to War

Laurie Levy | Posted 12.01.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

Parents of children with special needs are like all other parents. They want to feel reassured their child is happy at school. They want to collaborate and problem-solve in partnership with the teacher.

What Big Boys Can Do

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

The words marched across the page, cold and unfeeling like a barricade. No way around them, no hint of subtlety to their meaning, no chance to rearrange the letters and make them right.

An Uptick in Stats Means Greater Demand for Special Needs Education

Cari Shane | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Cari Shane

There are more than 6 million children in the U.S. with disabilities, from physical to developmental, and the numbers keep growing. The epidemic is leaving parents overwhelmed while the area's educational systems work overtime to meet demand.

Children of Color and Autism: Too Little, Too Late

Areva Martin | Posted 01.10.2015 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

As the incidence rate of autism continues to grow, institutions and scientists are missing an incredible opportunity to study a unique and distinct demographic of the autism community: children of color. Not only does this complicate any mission of advancing the science of autism overall, but it perpetuates health disparities for African-American children with autism.

Grant Guess Does Good

Mackenzie Long | Posted 01.09.2015 | College
Mackenzie Long

Grant is an example for me, and for us all, of someone who sought out a problem and then took it upon himself to fix it, build awareness and see it through until the bitter end. I wish I was more like Grant. I wish we all were a bit more like Grant.

In Five Days

Suzie Skougard | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Suzie Skougard

I love the way she coos, and the way she smiles a goofy, mouth-wide open grin. In five days, I will be handing her over to a team of pediatric surgeons. They will cut open her chest and, provided all goes well, they will repair her heart.

Appreciating the Kindness of Strangers

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.06.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

When you're the parent of a special needs child, learning to handle the looks and stares of strangers becomes an important part of the job.

Finding Delight In The Every Day

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 01.03.2015 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

Her voice grew stronger, her songs more varied. In the car and around the house. How had I not noticed her singing had completely stopped, weeks and weeks ago? She was back in school, smiling and singing and I was thankful and delighted with each verse.

Kids First! Be a #KidVoter

Areva Martin | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Areva Martin

We know that early education creates a foundation. We know exposure to words, language and literacy provides a ladder to boost children with extra challenges to the starting line in kindergarten.

3 Things You Should Know About Learning Disabilities

Karem Ensley | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Karem Ensley

Many people associate learning disabilities with low intelligence, laziness, lack of success, and not being able to learn. Sadly, the people who make these associations include the very children and adults that have been diagnosed with a learning disability.

We All Fall Down Sometimes, And Yet... A Spina Bifida Awareness Post

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

All the kids swing. All the kids slide. All the kids run and play. But only one of them is constantly falling down and, it turns out, she's starting to notice it too.

The Importance of Meditation for Parents of Children With Special Needs or Challenges

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 12.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

On my end, I've written that my meditation practice has been my "saving grace." Okay, if I am going to be honest... it is stronger than that. It has saved my life. With my daughter, I probably would have lingered in a consistent state of depression. I've had bouts, but with my practice I could always get out of it.

Bullying Hurts Kids With Intellectual Disabilities: A Parent's Perspective

Terri Barnhart | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Terri Barnhart

The teasing from his teammates started slowly, but then one day some boys on his team pants'd him by pulling down Ben's pants on the playing field, in front of the whole team.

The SPECTRUM Alert: 8 Steps Schools Can Take to Prevent Autism-Elopement Tragedy

Leigh Merryday | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Leigh Merryday

If a school district's plan to address autistic elopement is merely to wait for it to happen and call police, they are planning for tragedy. After consulting with both local law enforcement and Jerry Turning of Police and Autism: Bridging the Gap, here's a protocol I'm suggesting to my child's school district.