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To The Man Who Yelled At The Movie Theater About My Child

Nicole Skaro | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

It's 3:00 a.m. here in Waconia, MN. Somewhere in this area are two men sleeping the night away, while my pillow gets heavier and heavier with my tears. You will never remember me. But, I will remember you way more than I should ever have to.

An Overwhelmed Autism Momma's Thank-You To JetBlue

Shawna Wingert | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

Thank you on behalf of an 11-year-old boy who struggles to cope in a world that just doesn't understand or easily accommodate him.

I Want to Outlive My Child (And 3 Other Horrible Truths About Being a Special Needs Parent)

Kate Welch | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

Guardianship may be necessary, but it is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do for Caleb. It boils down to petitioning the court to acknowledge that he is an incapacitated person. It is effectively taking away his right to make his own decisions, and that is a very sad process.

Asperger's Is Not a Cheese

Lauren Salkin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Lauren Salkin

We stopped speculating about Son's ability to defy gravity and dragged him to a pediatric neurologist. To our surprise, his brain scans were normal. As far as the head tilt, the doctor said, "He'll grow out of it. It's nothing to be concerned about." Sure, he's not your kid.

The Next Frontier For A Special Needs Princess And Her Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Why my daughter? Why my family? It's not fair. It's just not fair. I'm ashamed to admit these were the feelings that were going through my head.

Sometimes That Handicapped Permit Is For a Kid

Kate Welch | Posted 04.16.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

If you are ever tempted to question the legality of a handicapped permit, please leave it to the police. Not all handicaps are visible.

My Kid Is Too Special for Special Olympics

Kate Welch | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Kate Welch

Eighty degrees is the cutoff for Caleb. His IEP clearly states that at that temperature or higher, he can only be outside for 10 minutes and even then he needs to be monitored. I'm thinking as I write this that Caleb may have crossed the line from having special needs to being medically fragile.

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.

Vanessa's Journey: Empowering Special Education Through Technology

Smart Parents | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

My daughter's story started like many children born with special needs - doctors telling us not to expect much. I did my research and discovered that visual learning may be one of her unique abilities. It's turned out to be true.

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.

80-Year-Old Karate-Chopping Grandma Is Making The World A Better Place

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.31.2015 | Fifty

At 80, Helen Dugan could easily take down someone decades her junior. That's because the great-grandmother has been practicing karate for over 30 year...

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 05.23.2015 | 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.

My Daughter Isn't The Only One Who's Getting A Special Education

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I left that day almost the same way I came in. Except my feelings of joy, gratitude and respect had grown, and my feelings of sadness and dread had almost, but not completely, disappeared.

How a Spring Break in Texas Completely Changed My Perspective About Special Needs

Neel Swamy | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
Neel Swamy

While my skin may not be any tanner, my heart and mind feel significantly more full and rejuvenated. I will never forget my experiences at PKRC, and one thing is certain: this is not and will not be my last visit to the Peaceable Kingdom.

My Daughter's Speech Therapy Is Breaking My Heart

Adiba Nelson | Posted 05.17.2015 | Parents
Adiba Nelson

I just want our secret language. I want to hold onto it for all its quirky, silly nuances that only she and I know about. It's selfish, I know.

Scenic Adventures in the Life of a Foster/Adoptive Special Needs Mom

Patty Boles | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Patty Boles

People wonder how we manage a large family with special needs kids. Well, that's how we do it. I have a Richard. Don't try this without one.

Nonprofit Bike Giveaway Will Help Hundreds of Kids With Special Needs

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

Cycling is a great way for anyone to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. For many people with disabilities, an adaptive bike can offer a sense of freedom that they have never experienced before.

Parenthood's Real Life Legacy: Raising Awareness and Acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

For the first time, audiences were part of the story of both a young man and an adult navigating the world with an autism spectrum diagnosis*.

My Growing Boy

Mary Hickey | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

Nobody prepares you or teaches you how to celebrate the journey into adulthood when your child has a disability and the future doesn't necessarily hold the same promises.

Your IEP Team Doesn't Hate Your Kid

Beth J. Caldwell | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Beth J. Caldwell

I can't even begin to count all the parents I spoke to over the years who were convinced that the special education staff at their school hated their child. The parents would ask for something that they believed their child desperately needed, but the staff would refuse to do it, or fail to do it.

I Found My Voice When I Became a Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I was a shy, insecure young woman. The dyslexia that made school and life so hard made me an extremely cautious person. I was terrified that if I opened my mouth, people would discover just how stupid I was.

In Your Own Time, Baby

Shanell Mouland | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

I told you how happy I was for you. What an occasion it was. I made excuses to let you go and then I cried. Kate hadn't spoken yet. Hadn't uttered a sound.

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:

A New Organization and a New Focus: Enabling Children and Families to Succeed

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Adam Pertman

When families struggle to address the consequences of children's early adversity, they should be able to receive -- as a matter of course integral to the adoption process, and not as an "add-on" that can be subtracted -- services that meet their needs and sustain them.