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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...

A Child Doesn't Need Words to Say 'I Love You'

Angela Ashton Smith | Posted 05.11.2016 | Parents
Angela Ashton Smith

There are so many ways in which every child on the autism spectrum, verbal or non-verbal, is capable of saying "I love you." What they need is for us to realize that we can listen with more than just our ears!

Our Ordinary Lives Raising Children With Extraordinary Needs -- Two Mothers Reflect

Carrie Brennan | Posted 05.16.2016 | Parents
Carrie Brennan

People often view our lives as extraordinary, but perhaps they are more ordinary than others realize.

This Mother's Day I'm Thankful My Daughter's Life Was Saved

Hillary Savoie | Posted 05.06.2016 | Parents
Hillary Savoie

Five years later, my daughter's challenges are still mysterious. But they are familiar, and far, far less terrifying. This Mother's Day my mother, Esmé and I may be able to sit in the sunshine and admire the gardens as they burst into life.

When "I Don't Know How You Do it" Is the Worst Thing to Say

Hillary Savoie | Posted 05.02.2016 | Parents
Hillary Savoie

So, the next time you talk with someone and you think, I don't know how you do it, flip IDKHYDI on its head and make it a question: How do you do it? If they laugh nervously and say, "Me? Oh I'm fine..." wait for more. Let them know it's okay to talk about their fears, hopes, and dreams.

My Take on the Target Debate: Thank You Kroger!

Heather Davis | Posted 04.29.2016 | Parents
Heather Davis

Thank you Kroger for being sensitive of the rights of all of your customers and coming up with a common sense solution. Your decision to create a sin...

Get Over Your Parental Pity Party

Terri Linton | Posted 04.27.2016 | Parents
Terri Linton

Sometimes we become so entrenched in the valleys of our lives that we fail to stop, get over ourselves, and take a look around at the other billions of people in this world who are also going through some things. We easily convince ourselves that our lives are uniquely complicated until we encounter someone whose life challenges quash even the worst of our days.

New Understanding and Hope for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Part 2

Anat Baniel | Posted 04.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

Three More Things You Can Do to Help Your Child With ASD In the previous article, Part 1, we discussed the importance of shifting from "fixing" to "c...

Time Does Not Heal All Wounds

Victoria Strong | Posted 04.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Victoria Strong

Time makes people stop asking and stop mentioning her name. It makes them shift in their feet and look away when I weave her into a conversation.

Breaking Down Barriers for Special Needs Children

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.20.2016 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

No other field of education benefits as much from progress in technology as special education. Most developed and developing countries around the worl...

My Special Dancer

Kathy Radigan | Posted 04.18.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I run through the list in my head. Dance costume? Check. Jazz shoes? Check. Do I need hairpins? No, this is only the dress rehearsal. I'll get hairpins and hairspray before next week's recital.

Autism Is Really a Super Power

Jema Anderson | Posted 04.14.2016 | Parents
Jema Anderson

Ethan taught me to look beyond diagnoses. He taught me to look beyond the behaviors of people and to find their core. To see people with love and compassion.

To the Parent Whose Child Is Pointing at Mine

Courtney Westlake | Posted 04.14.2016 | Parents
Courtney Westlake

As we enter the playground area, your child immediately points to mine, calling loudly "Mom, look at HER!" You quickly hush him, calling him to you to quietly reprimand him. You're at the end of the same grocery store aisle when your child catches a glimpse at the baby in my cart and asks "why is that baby so red?"