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Special Needs Families

My Daughter Is Much More Than One Word

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.09.2016 | 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 'Some Days' When You're a Special Needs Family

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.02.2016 | 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?

The Community Roots of Mother's Day

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.08.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

All of these moms have taught us, regardless of the obstacle -- be it extreme poverty, gang violence, managing children with special needs or even living in a refugee camp -- that there is nothing that a mom can't do when it comes to nurturing her community.

Embracing the Future: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.20.2015 | 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.

Appreciating the Kindness of Strangers

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.06.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

When you're the parent of a special needs child, learning to handle the looks and stares of strangers becomes an important part of the job.

This Ordinary Family

Kathy Radigan | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I love my daughter. She's beautiful inside and out. Her humor and love of life are infectious. She makes our life as amazing and complete as her two brothers do. Yet she's different -- from her brothers, from other girls her age, and from what I expected.

The Day My Favorite Waitress Made Me Cry

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I always describe myself as being a special needs mom, but in reality we are a special needs family. We have not had to tell our boys to feel responsible for Lizzy, they do that because they love her.

The Reality of Being a Special Needs Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I am not the same naive young mom who thought she could solve any problem that came her way. I know better.

7 Practical Ways to Help a Special Needs Family

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 11.12.2013 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

There are times when we could really use your help. Here are seven practical ways you can help a special needs family.

Did the TSA Harrass Us Because of Our Special Needs Son?

Marla Murasko | Posted 06.15.2013 | Parents
Marla Murasko

My husband and I have traveled many places with our son, who is 7 years old and diagnosed with Down syndrome. We have traveled through many airports and have always followed the TSA policies. However, on this one particular day, we encountered rude and unpleasant harassment.

10 Things All Parents Can Learn From Special Needs Families

Hannah Brown | Posted 02.06.2013 | Parents
Hannah Brown

There are sports, and then there are extreme sports. I like to think of raising a child with autism as extreme parenting. That said, in some ways, it's not as different as you might think.