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Teacher's Letter To A Student With Autism Is What Education Is Really About

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.15.2016 | Parents

A U.K. teacher went above and beyond for her student with autism. Eleven-year-old Ben Twist has autism and attends Lansbury Bridge School and Sports ...

Don't Make Our Most Vulnerable Children Wait Longer!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In an important show of bipartisanship, Congress is on the cusp of an historic step to help many of the most vulnerable children in our nation who are abused and neglected and at risk of entering foster care and lingering in group care.

Mom's Powerful Letter Says Doctor Was 'So Very Wrong' About Her Daughter

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 06.09.2016 | Parents

Florida mom Courtney Williams Baker gathered her thoughts for more than a year, taking time to prepare what she would say to the doctor who recommende...

From Hollywood Ableism to Employment

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Disability rights advocates around the world are protesting Me Before You, the latest Hollywood movie to end with the assisted suicide or euthanasia o...

My Daughter, My Hero

Christine Waltermyer | Posted 05.29.2016 | Parents
Christine Waltermyer

I still remember the day I received the results. "The baby tested positive for Down Syndrome." When the woman told me that I was having a girl, I collapsed to the floor and burst into tears. I was growing this precious life inside of me and was in love with her already. I was also suddenly afraid of all the unknowns.

The I.E.P. Adventure

Olivia Rosewood | Posted 05.20.2016 | Parents
Olivia Rosewood

Would you like to come to an I.E.P. meeting with me? I know, it sounds like fun. What is an I.E.P.? It is an Individualized Educational Plan, and it is every differently abled child's right in the United States of America.


Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

They were lined up in seats. One at a time they stood up, took a microphone, introduced themselves -- their name, their job--and then ended with "I am...

Big Rocks

Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Lisa Pullen Kent

I ran out of time. For a year I intended to write about turning 50 - a contemplative, insightful piece extolling the wisdom gained from living for half a century, but in a few days I'll be 51. Gone the way of shoulder pads and stirrup pants, like it or not, the time has passed.

A Tough Love Message to Charter Schools About the Dangers of Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

I'm an avid supporter of charter schools. I work at one. I send my kids to one. I donate to one. I'm making this disclaimer early, lest what's to come...

This Mother's Day I'm Thankful My Daughter's Life Was Saved

Hillary Savoie | Posted 05.06.2016 | Parents
Hillary Savoie

Five years later, my daughter's challenges are still mysterious. But they are familiar, and far, far less terrifying. This Mother's Day my mother, Esmé and I may be able to sit in the sunshine and admire the gardens as they burst into life.

Here's How Target's Special Needs Shopping Carts Are Making An Impact

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.06.2016 | Parents

Earlier this year, Target made a widely lauded announcement: The retailer vowed to stock almost all of its U.S. stores with at least one Caroline’s ...

New App Will Serve As 'TripAdvisor' For People With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 05.05.2016 | Good News

Who knew stairs would lead to a positive step in accessibility? After booking a "wheelchair accessible" hotel that ended up having stairs, a software ...

Getting Your Finances Ready for Adoption

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 05.04.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

When you think about it, planning to start a family through adoption is not much different than starting a biological family - it's all joyful. Howeve...

Tips and Suggestions for a Smooth IEP Meeting

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 05.03.2016 | Education
International Down Syndrome Coalition

These meetings can be stressful and for many parents navigating the world of special education is difficult. Below are some tips that might help your child's meeting go a little more smoothly!

Surviving Parenting With Self-care (or Selfishness?)

Laura A Boggs | Posted 04.28.2016 | Parents
Laura A Boggs

I've become a master of no, of boundaries, of polite regrets. Hello? You want me to bake how many vegan, gluten-free cupcakes--for what? I'm sorry, I ...

Loving My Misunderstood Child

Christina Romo | Posted 04.26.2016 | Parents
Christina Romo

My sons have always been my world, and I have always loved them with every fiber of my being. It has taken a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get to a place where I can truly say that I understand my youngest son -- that I understand what his needs are, the reasoning behind the choices he makes, and how he copes with the reactions of others who may not understand where he is coming from.

People Who Are Not Disabled Need To Check Out #AbleismExists Right Now

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 04.23.2016 | Impact

To put it simply, ableism is prejudice against people with disabilities. But Dominick Evans, a filmmaker and activist, thinks the problem is more comp...

Breaking Down Barriers for Special Needs Children

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.20.2016 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

No other field of education benefits as much from progress in technology as special education. Most developed and developing countries around the worl...

6 Affirmations to Calm an Anxious Child

Jessica Bartram | Posted 04.18.2016 | Parents
Jessica Bartram

Anxiety tends to sneak up unexpectedly and turn a peaceful moment into an uneasy situation. It's not any different for our kids. It doesn't matter if ...

Special Ed Teacher Allegedly Made Student Masturbate In Class

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.08.2016 | Crime

A middle school special-education teacher in New York's Long Beach Public Schools outrageously abused disabled students and the district covered it up...

What Is Normal?

Emma Davidson | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Emma Davidson

What do we even mean by labelling things "normal," are we tagging them as socially acceptable? If you're not "normal," does that make you abnormal? A word that we so frequently associate with weird and therefore a lack of social acceptability?

The Wedding Invitation I Almost Didn't Send

Eve Sturges | Posted 04.08.2016 | Weddings
Eve Sturges

The more I tried to change my thinking, the more ashamed I felt for it. So, as my wedding day approached, I did what adults who swear that they are confident and way past worrying about what other people think don't do: I called my parents and told them that I didn't want my sister at my wedding.

5 Things I've Said To Strangers That Were Not Jokes

Hillary Savoie | Posted 04.06.2016 | Parents
Hillary Savoie

Having a child who is medically complex is serious business... but it also involves finding humor in unexpected places.

Rockin' the Socks for World Down Syndrome Day

Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 03.21.2016 | Parents
Lisa Pullen Kent

The invitation is extended all around the globe to rally behind the #lotsofsocks campaign by wearing socks. To get people talking and asking questions, the organizers of WDSD recommend wearing, "not just any socks, brightly colored socks, mismatched socks, long socks, printed socks, one sock. Maybe even three socks, one for each chromosome."

A Day in the Life of a Special Needs Mother

Mary Hickey | Posted 03.18.2016 | Parents
Mary Hickey

It was not my first IEP meeting. Hardly. My 75th team meeting to be exact. With three boys on the autism spectrum, I am a professional IEP parent.