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The Day My Life As a Parent Changed Forever

Kera Washburn | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Kera Washburn

It began like any other day. I was a new mom to the cutest redheaded toddler you'd ever seen. I graduated from college the year before; my husband was...

18 Tips for Preparing for an IEP Meeting

Kera Washburn | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Kera Washburn

The form sent home should say who will be attending. Call if you want to know for sure. You really need to know who will be there so you can be ready for possible confrontations or situations that might arise. Knowing that the special education director for the school district is coming really changes how you prepare.

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.

This Is Life Parenting Kids With Disabilities

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 01.26.2016 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

Next time you see a special needs parent, rather than thinking of how hard it is, I hope you think about what matters most. I hope you see the love.

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.

A Reminder to Special Needs Parents That You Are Not Alone

Kate Welch | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Kate Welch

We all have dreams for our lives. For some it's a happy marriage, for others a fulfilling, satisfying career. The truly brave shoot for both. Often built into those dreams is the assumption of healthy children. How many times have you heard "We don't care if it's a boy or a girl, as long as it's healthy." What if it's not?

Special Needs Mom: The Best Gift Ever

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 12.23.2015 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

As I help Zoe out of the car, she looks up to me and grinning asks, "Mom, you know what would be the best gift ever?" This is a game we have been playing lately, the girls and I naming both real and imagined items as a best.gift.ever. "What?" I ask pausing, as I picture Zoe's painstakingly prepared Santa list sprinkled with favorites like Barbies and nerf guns.

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...

Why Believing in Your Autistic Child's Abilities Makes All the Difference

Marci Lebowitz | Posted 12.09.2015 | Parents
Marci Lebowitz

Parents ask me all the time, "How can I believe in my child when the professionals tell me he is low functioning and has a low IQ? How can I believe in my child when I'm dead tired and overwhelmingly frustrated with their challenging behaviors?"

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....

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...

What It's Like to Be a Mother of a Chronically Ill Child

Shawna Wingert | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

These diagnoses feel so heavy. At times, I have found some words. I have been able to open up about little things that happen, to my friends and my husband. It feels good to admit it. This is real. He is actually chronically ill. This isn't going away.

Let Your Advocacy Voice Be Heard

Marla Murasko | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Marla Murasko

A lot of people are comfortable in the "online" space, but I'm here to tell you to let your advocacy message have a voice, have a face! Above you see me doing a presentation about Down Syndrome Awareness and Inclusion to my son's class.

Lessons Learned as a Special Needs Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I would be lying if I said it has been easy. It hasn't been. But through it all there is Lizzy. Her spirit and smile can light up a room. She adores her family, fashion, music, jewelry, and animals. It is her drive and spirit that spur me on when I literally have nothing left in my "mom tank."

How My Son With Autism Forced Me out of My Comfort Zone in a Good Way

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 10.04.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

I'm a relatively quiet person, but after my son Evan was diagnosed with autism I became an advocate in ways I could never have imagined.

Our Special Kids: The Common Denominator

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 09.24.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

Parenting is tough stuff. Really tough at times. And it doesn't matter if you have one kid or seven of them. It doesn't matter if your child is embracing his terrible twos or acting like a moody teenager (and she's only seven).

What Being a 'Special Needs' Mom Has Taught Me About Just Plain Being a Mom

Shawna Wingert | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

When your child wants to snuggle just a little longer, snuggle. When you worry about spoiling your child because you snuggle them so much, please know there will come a time when snuggling with you is the last thing they will ever want to do. Snuggle now. Snuggle long. You will miss it.

Photo Series Exposes The Joy And Heartache Of Raising Kids With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.21.2015 | Parents

Photographer Natalie McCain has made headlines for her "Honest Body Project" -- an empowering collection of photo series that feature moms in a s...

5 Things I Wish I'd Known When My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

Shawna Wingert | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

It's been years now since my son received his autism diagnosis. As I look back at all the progress we have made, and how much our life has changed for the better, I am so very grateful. As I look back, I can also see that many of the things we learned, we did so by trial and error.

It Takes a Village

Lauren Casper | Posted 09.09.2015 | Parents
Lauren Casper

They say it takes a village to raise a child. I used to bristle at that phrase and think to myself, "I don't want anyone raising our children but me and my husband. We didn't bring them home so someone else could raise them!" But I didn't understand what the phrase meant.

Two Awesome Moms Blog About Special Needs Children

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Marcia G. Yerman

Parenting is a journey and a challenge. At #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us, I attended the panel, Storytelling Builds Bridges: I Want You To Know Me; Storytelling about Special Needs Parenting and Disability. It drew a room full of mothers and fathers of "atypical" children. The top takeaway was, "When you share your stories with virtual strangers, you are not alone."

There's No Quitting in Parenthood

Jennifer Cowie King | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Cowie King

No, I'm not going to quit today or any other day on you, my precious son. My beautiful boy with the wide blue eyes and impossibly blonde hair. As much as you confound and challenge me, you inspire me.

I'm Not That Strong, and YES, Some Days I Want to Hate God

Nicole Skaro | Posted 08.20.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

Maybe I am stronger than I think. Yes, some days I want to be mad and even hate God. But, I can't because I am blessed. I am loved and my horror is someone else's dream and I remember that every day.

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"