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Special Needs Children

The Intricate Web of Care

Angelle Albright | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Angelle Albright

Who could have ever predicted that the power of the world wide web would turn out to be a delicate roadway that can connect a villager in the Swedish ...

10 Emojis Special Needs Parents Could Really Use

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

"I had eleventy billion things to do today and only one got done"

Why I Chose Summer Camp

Caroline Catlin | Posted 07.23.2015 | College
Caroline Catlin

They've taught me about choosing joy over hardship, about embracing my own silliness, about how to work on things I needed to work on to in order to become the person I want to be. And most of all, perhaps, they've taught me to treasure the magic of small moments.

A Starting School Survival Guide for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Lee Lee | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

Parents of kids with disabilities face all of the same anxieties that other parents face upon starting pre-school or kindergarten. There are also other concerns, many of which are more abstract and frightening. I've been there.

Three Family Friendly, Special Needs Accomodating, and Active Outings in the Smoky Mountains

Melissa Fenton | Posted 07.22.2015 | Travel
Melissa Fenton

Ready to get out of the summer theme park rut? Want to get your kids physically active and learning while having a blast? Check out these three summer destinations all perfect for families of all ages, and all within two hours of Atlanta.

Carrying the Torch for Inclusion, After the Games Are Over

Torrie Dunlap | Posted 07.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Torrie Dunlap

The Special Olympics World Games will, for a short period of time, make disability visible. But we should not be persuaded that this is what inclusion looks like, and should continue to fight for greater participation by students with disabilities in our schools, communities, and even our sports leagues.

Mama Sees You: Parenting Through Fear

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

Sometimes when you are prepared for it, when you've made peace with it, bad news comes as an odd sort of relief. When as a parent, you feel something is off, you feel calmer than you should when the truth hits you like a ton of bricks. This is how it felt when the doctor told me about my boy's eyes.

WATCH: Special Friendships Build Over Bowling

HooplaHa | Posted 07.16.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

Creating friendships when you're a teenager can be difficult. That's why The Friendship Circle was formed, an organization that pairs teens with kids who have special needs.

Dear Nicest Dad Ever: A Thank You From the Mom of a Nut-Allergic Son

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

After we RSVP-ed to your little girl's party, you called my husband on the phone, and told him how excited you were that my son was coming to your party. That you planned to hire someone to clean the house for nuts before the event, and that you wanted to know where you could buy a nut-free cake. Seriously? Who are you? The greatest person on earth?

Yes, My Daughter Is a Total Misfit. Now Will You Help Her?

Shanell Mouland | Posted 07.10.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

In the five short years that Kate has been alive I have found myself in countless meetings where my agenda has been to prove to the people around the table that Kate is disabled.

Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Alan E. Guttmacher

Some days, Kristal Nemeroff needs her wheelchair, but usually her walker suffices. She is slower than the students who buzz around her, but her motivation is in overdrive. At 27, Kristal is the nurse at Hamilton Elementary School in rural Pennsylvania, a few miles from where she grew up.

The Celebration

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

Disability is a community that brings unwilling people together in one room, people all just trying to make the best of it. No one chooses to be in that room together. But the amazing part is that we still make the best of it. This is how it goes.

Disability Housing: 'How Sweet It Is' to Have Choices

Micaela Connery | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

How many choices do you make in a day? We choose how and with whom we spend our time. We make choices about when to wake up, what to wear, how to decorate our living space, and what to have for dinner.

An Honest, Tear-Jerking Account Of Becoming A Father

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents

It's impossible to anticipate the challenges that may arise in the journey to becoming a parent. Telegraph political cartoonist Bob Moran shared h...

What Special Athletes Can Teach Us About Parenting; Father's Day Edition

Joe De Sena | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Joe De Sena

Joe Galasso is clinical psychologist who specializes with individuals with disabilities and also with professional athletes. There is a specific part of his job that he holds close to his heart; working with Special Athletes.

Special Recognition for a Very Special Girl

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

When you are the parent of a special needs child, you see your kid get a lot of awards and trophies for putting in the amazing effort it takes to complete anything. All the kids are superstars. I have never seen my daughter singled out for an accomplishment.

Not the Father I Thought You'd Be

Jamie Krug | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Jamie Krug

You are not the unflappable, always composed man that I met, that I thought you were. You are not the father I thought you'd be. You are so much more.

People of Faith Must be Informed and Involved Citizens

Ray Flynn | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Ray Flynn

I am often invited to speak to various religious groups and organizations throughout the United States and beyond. Sometimes it's to a large organization and other times it's to a small church group, in a temple or even at a youth parish sports dinner.

For Individuals With Disabilities, There's No Place(ment) Like Home

Micaela Connery | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

It's the physical space where we greet each day. It's the people who we clock the most hours alongside. It's where we welcome guests, cozy up when we're sick, and retreat at the end of a long week.

A Choosy Mom on Choosing Schools

Smart Parents | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

After spending many wonderful years in our church preschool, it was time for my daughter to transfer to public school. As any mom can attest to, this can be an emotional time. When you have a child with special needs, it can be unnerving.

My Daughter Is Much More Than One Word

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I've never been comfortable using words that soften things. When my kids ask me a question, I give them the most honest answer that I think they're able to handle.

The 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards

Yvonna Russell | Posted 06.04.2015 | New York
Yvonna Russell

Fred Astaire directed, "Do it big. Do it right and do it with style." On the night of June 1st, the 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards celebrated excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and film did just that.

Dad Says He Was Fired For Asking Coworkers Not To Say The R-Word

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents

When Pennsylvania dad Bruce Casper heard his coworkers repeatedly use the R-word, he complained to upper management. As a result of his speaking out, ...

The 'Some Days' When You're a Special Needs Family

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Will the boys resent the time and energy their sister required? What will they have to deal with when my husband and I are no longer here? Who will take care of Lizzy when we can't do it ourselves?

Kyle Bryant's Race For Hope

Eileen Flood O'Connor | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Eileen Flood O'Connor

For parents of a child diagnosed with a life altering condition, there is no greater hope than someone who lives a life of passion and purpose in spite of a disability. For a host of parents Kyle Bryant has been that someone.