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One Magic Moment

Rob Ashe | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Rob Ashe

While the two of them danced, Elsa walked over to have a conversation with our oldest. We explained that she wouldn't reply back, but Elsa continued to speak to our daughter just like we do. She may not reply, but that doesn't mean she is not worthy of our words and attention.

Since When Is Autism A Competition?

Julie M Green | Posted 04.24.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Autism is not a competition. It's a spectrum, with challenges common enough to fall under the same diagnostic family tree, yet different enough for the grass to seem greener on the other side.

Finding Strength on the Vulnerable Journey to Autism Diagnosis

Laurie Ashley | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Laurie Ashley

The year leading to diagnosis was the darkest and brightest year for me. As a mother, I was vulnerable and that humbled me. My radar kicked in. This was no longer about me. This was about him.

Why I (Almost) Broke Up With IKEA

Julie M Green | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Just as more and more businesses are opening their doors to kids with differences, you weren't able to think outside your own big blue and yellow box that afternoon.

Tips on Designing Tablet Games for Visually Impaired Kids

Catriona Wallis | Posted 04.06.2015 | Education
Catriona Wallis

Our meeting with Marco was more fascinating than imagined. He described the eight reference points on a screen that a blind person uses to navigate. He told us about software and hardware that make mobile devices accessible to the blind.

Autism Acceptance: Don't Stop Believin'

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 04.03.2015 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Two days before our 19-year-old autistic son Mickey leaves for sleep away camp, he asks to get a haircut. No big deal, right? But 15 years ago this would have been unthinkable.

This Girl's Small Kindness For My Special Needs Kid Was Major

Ellen Seidman | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

A couple of times, Sadie -- the middle child -- came over and started dancing with Max, waving her arms and grinning. He just stood there, amused (I think he could really get used to having girls dance around him).

5 Things I Wish Others Understood About My Son With Down Syndrome

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 04.03.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

Two different parents reached out to my husband and I at the school to let us know their children wanted to help Thorin. I got the feeling I was going to be asked to write college references for these kids someday.

10 Things I Learned From My Special Needs Child

Angela J. Kim | Posted 03.30.2015 | Parents
Angela J. Kim

Pain is a natural part of life. As long as we keep our eyes and hearts on the rainbow, rainy days are no longer unbearable.

8 Things I Wish I Could've Told Myself Before I Became A Special Needs Parent

Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D.

Some days are going to be tough. You are going to fall into bed at the end of them and be amazed that you survived! But you will survive those days, and there will be so many wonderful, happy, love-filled days that will far outnumber the tough ones in the end.

Letting Go of Special Needs Parenting

Whitney Fleming | Posted 03.19.2015 | Parents
Whitney Fleming

My journey with her hasn't changed. I will still advocate on her behalf and ensure she has the resources to succeed in this life; however, I am slowly accepting that our path heads in a different direction.

hen Winning The Lottery And Being Lucky Means Being Able To Care For Your Special Needs Child

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

I know what Marie Holmes meant about wanting to provide for her children. I am the mother of a special needs child, and I know the hurt of wanting to provide for your child, and also the advantage of being lucky enough to do so.

To My Son's Cub Scouts Leaders -- Thank You!

Marla Murasko | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Marla Murasko

He gained wonderful friendships, and learned that he can do certain things like ride a bike, build a car or rocket, speak in front of others and learn responsibility.

Helping My Son Learn to Talk

Nitzia Logothetis | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Nitzia Logothetis

It is so hard to acknowledge that your child may need help. It's easy to worry that you have done something wrong as a parent. But I know now that the benefits of seeking support far outweigh the stress of wondering if there might be something wrong and trying to manage everything on your own.

Special Needs Mom Pushes To Make Mainstream Clothes Available To Kids Of All Abilities

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.06.2015 | Parents

New Jersey designer and mom-of-three Mindy Scheier was getting her kids ready for school one morning when her 10-year-old son Oliver asked her if he c...

Please Don't Praise Your Kid For Playing With Mine

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

Follow your child's lead: make a new friend, maybe even someone with a disability. No, you will not be an exceptional person for doing that -- you will just be a little bit richer for having a new friend.

Dad Performs Inspiring Rap Song For Son With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents

Eight-year-old Jared was born with cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, and several other debilitating medical conditions as a result of a stroke ...

5 Things You Need to Know When You Become a Special Needs Parent

Meredith McGee | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Meredith McGee

There's no pamphlet they hand out with tips for the newly-minted special needs parent. Here are a few things from my experience that I think you should know:

(Inadequately) Talking To My Kid About Death

Sue Robins | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Sue Robins

I can tell Aaron isn't sure what to do with his emotions. MY GRANDPA DIED! he sometimes yells. I haven't been that successful in explaining that in North America, we don't run around yelling about death.

5 New Year's Resolutions for an Autism Mom

Julie M Green | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

I do the best I can, sure. But some days, my best falls short of good enough. My son is a tremendous kid. He deserves an equally tremendous -- at least most of the time -- mom. So in that spirit of self-improvement and self-awareness, I resolve to the following.

16 People Who Made a Big Difference in 2014

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Mobility for physically and mentally challenged people in Northern Uganda. Widespread humane education in Australia. Community gardens for all in Chico, California.

Autism Without Fear: We Raise Money for Autism Research... But Not for Our Kids' Schools and Service Agencies?

Michael John Carley | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael John Carley

Many of us, as parents of spectrum kids, participate in "autism walks" or other events to raise money for autism research. But we don't volunteer anywhere near the same capacity for entities that directly impact our children -- our kids' schools or service agencies. Why?

The Hardest Part Of Autism

Lauren Casper | Posted 02.14.2015 | Parents
Lauren Casper

As much as I sometimes want to, we don't pin a sign to Mareto's shirt explaining his autism. So other people, particularly strangers, give us a lot of attention in the form of staring, dirty looks, snide under-the-breath comments and just overall judgment.

What We Can Learn From the Developmentally Disabled

Karen Zainal | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Karen Zainal

I love the work organizations like KEEN does, but it saddens me that we actually need to recruit volunteers to fulfill social and emotional needs that wonderful people like Charles are often deprived of.

What Big Boys Can Do

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

The words marched across the page, cold and unfeeling like a barricade. No way around them, no hint of subtlety to their meaning, no chance to rearrange the letters and make them right.