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3 Questions That Will Help You Decide If Your Child Needs Professional Help

Pacer | Posted 02.10.2017 | Parents

If your child has behavioral or emotional problems, seeking professional help can sometimes be a tough decision.

Father and Son: Love After Challenges and Grief

Gays With Kids | Posted 02.09.2017 | Queer Voices
Gays With Kids

Previously published on Gays With Kids. By Erika Prins Simonds A story about a little boy's challenges, a grown man's grief, and the infinite healin...

Activists Are Rallying To Stop Betsy DeVos From Running The Country's Public Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics

Earlier this week, Katie Keier, a kindergarten teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, was in a meeting with colleagues about student literacy. But inste...

What You Don't Know About My Daughter With Special Needs

Mia Carella | Posted 01.20.2017 | Parents
Mia Carella

No, you don't know my daughter, but I wish you did. You are missing out.

Dance From Your Heart: A Place Where ALL Children Can Learn To Dance

Evey Rosenbloom | Posted 01.17.2017 | Impact
Evey Rosenbloom

I had the pleasure of visiting Laylas Dance Academy, a studio designed for dancers of ALL abilities. Layla is a Russian-trained gymnast, who was scou...

Native American Students Sue The U.S. Government Over Dismal Education

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics

Kindergarten student Taylor P. has only spent a short period of time in school, but already the experience has been traumatic. Taylor, who attends sch...

Sweet 15: Life With a Teenage Special Needs Child

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.09.2017 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

"I hate you. I hate you. I hate you." I heard my soon to be 15-year-old daughter sing my praises from the back seat of our mini-van as I pulled int...

ICAN, WE-can, All Fight for ICAN!

Erin Zahradka | Posted 12.15.2016 | Education
Erin Zahradka

It's one of those feelings you can't quite describe. The support of a community of loving parents, all working towards one, seemingly simple goal of ...

Why My Family Stopped Going to Church

Kathy Radigan | Posted 12.12.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

The other day, as the kids and I were driving home from picking up Tom from his after-school club, my youngest said, "Mom, there's another baby Jesus,...

When Something Seems Wrong With Your Child

Kathy Radigan | Posted 11.29.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I still remember the morning, 14 years ago, when I knew in my soul something wasn't right with our daughter Lizzy. She was six weeks old and gorgeous....

School Forms And Preparing My Daughter With Special Needs For The Future

Kathy Radigan | Posted 11.07.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

It's that time of year again. A few weeks ago I started getting notes home from my daughter's special needs school, first reminding, then begging me, ...

From One Parent To Another: 5 Tips On Having A Child With Down Syndrome

Meriah Nichols | Posted 10.25.2016 | Parents
Meriah Nichols

Pride being more powerful than shame, it makes sense to me to teach my daughter that she has a right to be here. She has contributions to make. Down syndrome can and should define her. Her presence is as necessary to the world as the star shine is.

My Son with Autism Spectrum Disorder and His Experience with a Common Cold

Maran Whiting Hanley | Posted 10.26.2016 | Parents
Maran Whiting Hanley

Autism Spectrum Disorder, for my son, is like the world and everything in it is amplified. Everything is intensified. Big and beautiful. Loud and o...

Joy of Exploration: Thoughts From Volunteering With Special Needs Children in Abu Dhabi

Anastasiya Oleksiyenko | Posted 09.29.2016 | World
Anastasiya Oleksiyenko

In February-May 2016 I volunteered at the Future Center for Special Needs in Abu Dhabi. The Community Outreach office at my university NYU Abu Dhabi promoted the opportunity and I felt a need to take it, to actively serve the society in which I had been studying for four years.

WATCH: This Famous Surfing Dog Rides the Waves to Help Others

HooplaHa | Posted 09.27.2016 | Good News

Ricochet is one of the most world-famous, award-winning surf dogs who loves the sport, but most importantly SURFS WITH PURPOSE! She surfs solo, with children, adults, pros, celebrities, other dogs!

How Do You Explain Autism to a Three Year Old?

Quora | Posted 09.23.2016 | Parents

What is the best way to explain a disability to a 3-year-old? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions ...

My Daughter Has Special Needs And She's a Fashion Model

Kathy Radigan | Posted 09.23.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Last Saturday my beautiful teenage daughter and I spent the day in a crowded New York hotel ballroom getting her ready to model in a fashion show. Th...

3 Things That Happen When Your Autistic Child Is Different At School And At Home

Miriam Gwynne | Posted 09.09.2016 | Parents
Miriam Gwynne

I am going through a very difficult time with my son. This morning, he was carried to his taxi by my husband and myself kicking and screaming. He was ...

Dave Hoppe, Hero for People with Disabilities

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 09.01.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

With the attention focused on the Presidential election, it is easy to forget that there are committed professionals working in public service in our ...

Gov. Markell: Hero To People With Disabilities

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 08.31.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

It is easy to get depressed about a lack of leadership in America today. However, there are still impactful, caring and successful leaders out there working to make our nation a better place. One of the true heroes is Governor Jack Markell of Delaware.

The Olympics Mirror US!

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 08.23.2016 | Sports
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Like it or not, the world is changing and these images of diversity help us all to see that ultimately our talents and our personhood are what matters. So, three cheers for the athletes and for the world as it becomes more accepting of all kinds of diversity.

9 Things I've Learned About Parenting Kids With Special Needs

Alethea Mshar | Posted 08.24.2016 | Parents
Alethea Mshar

Parenthood is a rich journey. When you add special needs into the mix, the parenting experience is amplified, adding poignancy and humor. Here are a f...

How a local church changed summer for one special needs family

Miriam Gwynne | Posted 08.11.2016 | Parents
Miriam Gwynne

One email. That was all it took. A lot of courage but just one email. Last summer was so hard and I knew I could not face it again so I swallowed m...

The Only Federal Law Enforced By Angry Parents: How One Man Continues To Support Youth With Special Needs

Robyn Shulman | Posted 08.04.2016 | Education
Robyn Shulman

John, thank you so much for taking your time to chat with me today. You are a social advocate who has been fighting for the rights of disabled kids si...

Is Patience Part Of Your Wardrobe?

Dr. Mindy McNeal | Posted 08.02.2016 | Education
Dr. Mindy McNeal

It seems to be inherently linked with special education teachers. Yet, I would never have described myself as a patient person. Inquisitive, determined, flexible, even funny, yes, but patient? No way.