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The Long-Term Emotional Consequences of Toxic H2O in Flint, Michigan

Jerome Schultz | Posted 02.05.2016 | Parents
Jerome Schultz

It goes without saying that support for appropriate educational intervention for these victims becomes a moral obligation for the civic leaders of Flint. However, we must not ignore the long-term collateral effects of this thoughtless and disastrous re-routing of a water supply through a network of toxic conduits.

How Report Card Day Reminds Me That Life Is Good

Wendy Ferguson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Parents
Wendy Ferguson

Four times per year. That is four more times that I am reminded of how different my daughter is from her peers. The thought of her academic differences is never far from my mind but the looming day brings it all back to the forefront.

Why I Let My 12-Year-Old Son Watch Sesame Street

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

It is his birthday, today. My oldest boy is 12 years old. He is autistic, non-verbal, differently abled in so many strange and wonderful ways. And alone, together, we are marking this special day with our annual tradition -- a trip downtown, to the theatre to see Sesame Street Live, on stage.

VIDEO: A Music Therapy Mini Case Study in Texas

Kat Fulton | Posted 02.01.2016 | Education
Kat Fulton

In 2002, I saw "music therapy" pop up in my Google search results for "careers in music," and thought ~WOW, I'll do that! My parents aren't gonna like...

Why Does Sunday School Have To Be School?

Shawna Wingert | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Shawna Wingert

It's Sunday morning. How many families are fighting to get their kids out the door today, and into that Sunday school classroom? When I was a single...

Please Help -- Parents of Special Kids Need Special Care Too

Marci Lebowitz | Posted 01.21.2016 | Parents
Marci Lebowitz

If you're a parent or caregiver of a child with autism, or one with other complex special needs, you deserve a world of thanks. Special needs parenting can be incredibly challenging, and this is why the topic of parent self-care is so very important.

5 Lessons Learned From Blending A Family With Special Needs

Quenby Schuyler | Posted 01.13.2016 | Divorce
Quenby Schuyler

It has been three years, we live together, and now we have a child of our own. Our brood has grown to four ranging from teen to teether. Despite my idealistic presumptions, it has been anything but easy to blend. Here are five lessons the process of blending a family with special needs has taught me, and we are all better because of it.

When People Ask Why 'A Big Boy Like That' Is In A Stroller

Colleen Berge | Posted 12.31.2015 | Parents
Colleen Berge

There are many things in a child's life and about a child's development that outsiders know nothing about.

My Favorite Part of The Lion King Was Intermission

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 12.27.2015 | Arts
Jonathan Byrd

My family and I were given three tickets to the Broadway production of The Lion King. Tuesday, 7 p.m. Only the tickets weren't there when we got there. The theater was sold out.

10 Tips for Including People With Disabilities in Your Party

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

With the holiday season upon us, it's easy to hold a party where all guests -- with and without disabilities -- feel welcomed, respected and have fun. All it takes is some planning.

How School Systems Create *That* Parent for Children in Special Education

Laurie Levy | Posted 12.15.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

Demanding. Annoying. Angry. Unrealistic. Unreasonable. Every teacher, principal, and school district administrator knows *that* parent. In special ed...

We Are All Born This Way

Sue Robins | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents
Sue Robins

My son Aaron is eyeing Santa at the Festival of Lights at the botanical garden. "Do you want to go talk to him," I ask Aaron, who is 12 and has Dow...

Finding Strength in a Special Needs Marriage

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 12.11.2015 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

It was a breezy, warm Florida afternoon when we recited our vows. My hair fell into unkempt bundles grazing over my eyelids. Everything happened fa...

Tearing Down Barriers Through Television

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Culture plays a critical role in our society. It contributes to the values and ideals that define us, and what we desire to share with our families, f...

Political Commitment of Our Next President Needed to Help our Children

Ray Flynn | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Ray Flynn

Recently, I attended a hugely successful Legends Gala dinner in Wrentham, Massachusetts-sponsored by the Hockomock Area YMCA and supported by the New ...

Letter to the NEA: On the "Chronically Tarded and Medically Annoying"

Leigh Merryday | Posted 12.09.2015 | Education
Leigh Merryday

Recently, a speech by NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia on what teachers are expected to do each day flooded social media. While many shared the clip and applauded some of its excellent points, it didn't take long for outrage to set in.

Every Student Should Succeed Under the New Law -- Even Those Denied Special Education

Laurie Levy | Posted 12.08.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

My personal belief is that making a profit in education is intrinsically wrong. If a program is great and saves money, shouldn't the children be the total beneficiaries of the profit? I'm sure there are many better uses for the money than paying large dividends to investors.

Friend Or Associate

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 12.03.2015 | Women
Sophia Williams-Baugh

So...I've always wondered, "what is a friend?" How is a friend supposed to act? How do they interact with each other? How much time do they spend toge...

A for Effort

Curtis Rogers | Posted 11.30.2015 | Parents
Curtis Rogers

It's hard to read with tears in your eyes. I thought the number at the top of Charlie's spelling test was a 78 but I wasn't sure because I was crying....

3 Things My Autistic Son Taught Me About Business

Chelsea Hutson | Posted 11.30.2015 | Parents
Chelsea Hutson

At times, amidst the constant struggle we call life, particularly when faced with as much adversity as having a child who has special needs, we tend t...

WATCH: The Adventures of Sullivan the Therapy Dog

HooplaHa | Posted 01.21.2016 | Good News
HooplaHa

Do you ever wonder what it is like in the day of a therapy dog? They help so many different people in so many ways. In a new short series from HooplaHa and Inclusion Films, Sullivan's Travels, we get a pawsitively adorable look.

Special Thanks From a Special Needs Mom

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I've been reading my friends' Facebook entries of all the things they are thankful for. And I've been reflec...

Teachers, Don't Make Me Be *That* Parent

Laurie Levy | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

Most parents want to be understanding, supportive, and liked by their children's teachers. They don't want to be branded as complainers, pushy, or demanding. In short, they want to be nice. Unfortunately, being nice can end up hurting the person who matters most, their child.

12 Tips for Hosts Entertaining Holiday Guests with Sensory Processing Challenges

Jessica Miller-Merrell | Posted 12.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica Miller-Merrell

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a condition where sensory signals don't get organized into appropriate responses. SPD affects the way a child processes messages sent to his or her brain from any of the five main senses -- sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.

I Am A Killer of Scorpions

Rebecca Smith Masterson | Posted 11.20.2015 | Divorce
Rebecca Smith Masterson

I've been unmarried for several months now, and this scorpion was the most legitimate post-divorce test I'd been faced with to date. This scorpion in my house was my post-divorce final exam.