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Girl Without Speech Speaks Her Mind

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 03.05.2015 | Technology
Harriet Heydemann

She was around 20, when she received a new communication device, a sophisticated system that came with hundreds of short phrases, as well as an alphabet with word prediction software.

Opting Out of PARCC Testing for Children With Special Needs

Laurie Levy | Posted 03.03.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

As usual, it is those who need the most help who are crushed under the heel of the educational-industrial complex.

hen Winning The Lottery And Being Lucky Means Being Able To Care For Your Special Needs Child

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

I know what Marie Holmes meant about wanting to provide for her children. I am the mother of a special needs child, and I know the hurt of wanting to provide for your child, and also the advantage of being lucky enough to do so.

To The People Who Think My Son Doesn't Look Like He Has Autism

Lauren Casper | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Lauren Casper

Did my son seem "normal" to you in the 10 minutes you spent with him? Well, that's nice, because he is normal... he's a sweet, normal, beautiful boy with autism.

Nonprofit Bike Giveaway Will Help Hundreds of Kids With Special Needs

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

Cycling is a great way for anyone to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. For many people with disabilities, an adaptive bike can offer a sense of freedom that they have never experienced before.

To My Son's Cub Scouts Leaders -- Thank You!

Marla Murasko | Posted 02.25.2015 | Parents
Marla Murasko

He gained wonderful friendships, and learned that he can do certain things like ride a bike, build a car or rocket, speak in front of others and learn responsibility.

3 Ways Burlesque Has Made Me A Better Mom

Adiba Nelson | Posted 02.25.2015 | Parents
Adiba Nelson

I can truthfully pass on the adage to my daughter that she is beautiful and perfect just as she is, because she will never again hear me say anything other than that about myself.

Utah Students With Special Needs Make A Stunning Prom King And Queen

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.24.2015 | Teen

Two juniors with special needs were just crowned prom king and queen. Jebbah Kamara and Dustin Johnson, both students at Murray High School in Uta...

Not Your Typical Artist

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 02.20.2015 | Good News
Harriet Heydemann

"She may look like a little kid, but she'll hate you if you treat her like one. She's trapped in a body that doesn't work. Inside, she's just like you." I said this to the millennials who applied. We rarely hired anyone who wasn't a millennial. Ariela wanted to be with her peers.

Embracing the Future: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.19.2015 | 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. Since we started, fifty more individuals and families have joined in, each giving $1 or more a day to support our grantees.

A Diagnosis Is Not the End of the World

Julie M Green | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

My kid's diagnosis was nothing short of liberating. Don't get me wrong. Hearing those four words, "Your son has autism" were accompanied by an emotional tsunami. But mostly what I felt was relief because finally, finally, my gut hunch had been confirmed.

The Antidote to Wounded Deerism: A Superwoman Named Emily

Margaret Hession | Posted 02.13.2015 | Books
Margaret Hession

Little, yet fierce. That's precisely how Emily Dickinson, a poet first appeared to me in the pages of an anthology when I was 11-years-old. She would appear again later when my life was splintering away in trauma due to divorce (and I felt like eleven again).

Making It Better: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Fifty individuals and families have joined in, each giving $1 or more a day to support the grantees. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

Special Needs Mom Pushes To Make Mainstream Clothes Available To Kids Of All Abilities

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.06.2015 | Parents

New Jersey designer and mom-of-three Mindy Scheier was getting her kids ready for school one morning when her 10-year-old son Oliver asked her if he c...

Dad Performs Inspiring Rap Song For Son With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents

Eight-year-old Jared was born with cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, and several other debilitating medical conditions as a result of a stroke ...

The Dad with the Butterfly Tattoo

Brian Horn | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
Brian Horn

The tattoo tells the story of my journey with my son Jackson through the chrysalis of a butterfly (the butterfly is also the international symbol for Down syndrome).

5 Things You Need to Know When You Become a Special Needs Parent

Meredith McGee | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
Meredith McGee

There's no pamphlet they hand out with tips for the newly-minted special needs parent. Here are a few things from my experience that I think you should know:

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 03.01.2015 | 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 02.21.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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?