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Disability Housing: A Diverse Population Needing Diverse Options

Micaela Connery | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

Looking Upwards is one of the largest disability service providers in the state of Rhode Island. They provide services and supports to over seven hundred individuals with disabilities with a variety of abilities, diagnoses, and needs.

How My Son With Autism Forced Me out of My Comfort Zone in a Good Way

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 10.04.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

I'm a relatively quiet person, but after my son Evan was diagnosed with autism I became an advocate in ways I could never have imagined.

A Lesson for All

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Usually, the first rehearsal for a new season is a straightforward affair. We make announcements, introduce new musicians and staff and get our collective chops together. Such was not the case in Detroit on a sunny Thursday morning.

10 Years Strong

Areva Martin | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Areva Martin

As Special Needs Network celebrates our 10-year anniversary and the decade that we have spent serving South LA's special needs families, I'm reminded of the power of patience.

7 Things You Should Never Tell the Parent of a Child With Autism

Alicia Gonzalez | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents
Alicia Gonzalez

When someone becomes ill, loses a loved one or a child, is suffering personal crisis, or has a child with a condition that is assumed to lower a child's "quality of life," many of us tend to say the wrong thing. I've done it. We all do. So, here are seven things you should never tell the parent of a child with Autism. Let's talk about it!

Why I Call Myself An 'Autism Mom'

Shawna Wingert | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

Being a momma of a child with autism has its own challenges, its own rewards, its own misunderstandings, its own joy, and its own grief. And talking about it, writing about it, being honest about it, and owning it -- that matters.

I Feel Guilty

Shanell Mouland | Posted 09.28.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Sure, with autism, our daughter could ultimately run a fortune 500 company, or invent space shoes, or be the first female MLB closer but we have to prepare for a future where her awesome little self lives with us because we can offer her what she needs.

My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 09.28.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

Autism isn't all about the six-year-old who can play Piano Man better than Billy Joel. Autism can be hard. Autism can be sad. Autism can be messy. Autism can be violent. Autism can be isolating.

What Being a 'Special Needs' Mom Has Taught Me About Just Plain Being a Mom

Shawna Wingert | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

When your child wants to snuggle just a little longer, snuggle. When you worry about spoiling your child because you snuggle them so much, please know there will come a time when snuggling with you is the last thing they will ever want to do. Snuggle now. Snuggle long. You will miss it.

The Smith School: Making a Difference

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.17.2015 | New York
Joe Peyronnin

The Smith School describes itself as a "Small School with a Big Heart." This month it is celebrating its 25th year of making a difference for special students in New York City.

Horses, Autism, and Healing

Tim Hayes | Posted 09.16.2015 | Books
Tim Hayes

Horses don't see a child with autism. They see a child. Autistic children know this, and it feels good to them. In order for anyone, autistic or otherwise, to grow, heal, and have positive relationships with others, they must first have a positive relationship with themselves.

How I've Learned To Love The Distance Between Me And My Son

Quiet Revolution | Priscilla Gilman | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

Priscilla Gilman, a teacher of romantic poetry who embraced Wordsworth’s vision of childhood’s spontaneous wonder, eagerly anticipated the birth o...

5 Things I Wish I'd Known When My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

Shawna Wingert | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

It's been years now since my son received his autism diagnosis. As I look back at all the progress we have made, and how much our life has changed for the better, I am so very grateful. As I look back, I can also see that many of the things we learned, we did so by trial and error.

Two Awesome Moms Blog About Special Needs Children

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Marcia G. Yerman

Parenting is a journey and a challenge. At #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us, I attended the panel, Storytelling Builds Bridges: I Want You To Know Me; Storytelling about Special Needs Parenting and Disability. It drew a room full of mothers and fathers of "atypical" children. The top takeaway was, "When you share your stories with virtual strangers, you are not alone."

The Wanderer

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 09.15.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

I hope you never experience this sensation. The empty bed, the helpless fear, the wide open door. My son was missing.

To the Mom Who Says My Child Is Too Young

Nicole Skaro | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

I wanted to just whisper, please cherish that youth. Cherish it and celebrate it. Celebrate the true belief and comfort in watching your children grow, the ignorance of their own mortality.

Back-To-School Means Back-To-Hell For Too Many Kids

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

Today I'm sending a shout-out to the moms and dads who're battling for their kids. Get some rest. Hug your child. Then lets pull each other out of our valleys and get BACK-to-school. I mean the loving-learning-friend-making-fun-filled-school!

There's No Quitting in Parenthood

Jennifer Cowie King | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Cowie King

No, I'm not going to quit today or any other day on you, my precious son. My beautiful boy with the wide blue eyes and impossibly blonde hair. As much as you confound and challenge me, you inspire me.

Couple Expands Family With Special Needs Adoption

Nadine Cheung | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents

Adam Owens and Karen Owens always wanted children, but they never thought they’d have a big family. However, after the tragic loss of their son, Gav...

You Are the Worst Part of Autism For Us

Shanell Mouland | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Listen up, I've had it up to my messy bun with you and your dangerously ignorant comments about children with autism and their parents. You know who you are. If you're reading this because someone shared it on social media, maybe that's because they wanted YOU to read it. Here's what you need to know.

Words Can Hurt; Words Can Heal

Becky Holland | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Becky Holland

It is late at night that the words sneakily return and disable reasoned thinking. The ceiling becoming a notice board for my thoughts, all pushing for my attention. "Could I have done more?"

Circus and the Healing Balm of Laughter

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 08.17.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

As I tour the country, I often have the opportunity to visit children in the hospital as part of the community outreach efforts of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®. These hospital visits always serve to remind me to be thankful for my physical health.

One Tough Interview

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 08.14.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

Of course it's hard to get any nine-year-old kid to really talk about his thought or feelings but with Evan it's different. I feel fortunate that he is verbal but even though he talks, there is so much he can't articulate. But that doesn't mean I stop trying.

Students Build Apps for Peers in Special Education

XPRIZE | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education

At San Elijo Middle School in San Diego, students are using their technology prowess to help fellow students with special needs learn. It began when one teacher's interest in his colleague's teaching methods blossomed into a program that uses technology as a learning aid for both of classes.

'Mama, Why Does I Always Mix Up?'

Shanell Mouland | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

As proud as we are that Kate is beginning to articulate more, it terrifies us that she is beginning to understand her differences, her deficits. Like any parent, our goal is to protect her. And everyday we wonder if we are doing it right.