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Target Hits A Bull’s-eye By Offering Carts For Kids With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 02.12.2016 | Good News

This is the kind of news that will make you spring out of your seat. Caroline’s Carts, a shopping cart with an extra-large, forward-faci...

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...

What The Mom Of Girls With Microcephaly Wants You To Know

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents

Gwen Hartley has two daughters with microcephaly, a condition in which a baby's head is significantly smaller than expected. In some cases, ...

To the Moms I Am Not, But Was Supposed to Be

Rebecca Smith Masterson | Posted 02.05.2016 | Parents
Rebecca Smith Masterson

I was pulled out of the comfort of my life by my child so hard I had whiplash, but now, years later and happy to be exactly where I am, I get to sit back and observe a world to which I wouldn't have been privy, a world I wouldn't have even noticed

Kids With Disabilities Become Superheros By Designing Their Own Prosthetics

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 02.05.2016 | Good News

Move over, Daredevil. A new generation of crusaders is in town. Thanks to the kid-friendly design firm, KidMob -- which teaches kids to tackle commun...

VIDEO: A Music Therapy Mini Case Study in Texas

Kat Fulton | Posted 02.01.2016 | Education
Kat Fulton

In 2002, I saw "music therapy" pop up in my Google search results for "careers in music," and thought ~WOW, I'll do that! My parents aren't gonna like...

5 Reasons You Need to Stop Telling My Daughter She Should Have Long Hair

Shanell Mouland | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

I can't really believe I am having to address the issue of her hair. I get that some of you might not understand food aversion, or echolalia or any ...

The Glory of Groundhog Day: A Special Needs Mom Sounds Off

Eileen Flood O'Connor | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Eileen Flood O'Connor

Any parenting expert, any parent, will report that kids thrive on a predictable routine. Parents of children with autism know that some kids take "routine" to a whole other level.

Over-sharing? Or My Special Needs Son's Soundtrack?

Rebecca Smith Masterson | Posted 01.27.2016 | Parents
Rebecca Smith Masterson

There is an ongoing debate in the online special needs community about over-sharing. Are we mom and dad bloggers stepping over the line when we share stories and details about our kids and their special needs? It's a heated debate, a thing, a downright brouhaha.

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.

This Hairdresser Went Above And Beyond For Her Kid Clients With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 01.14.2016 | Parents

Laura Connerton, a mom of two children with special needs, recently described a "huge moment" that took place when she took her kids for haircuts. The...

Tim Tebow Organizing Over 200 Proms For People With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Erick Fernandez | Posted 01.13.2016 | Sports

Tim Tebow and his foundation are organizing hundreds of proms throughout the world for people with disabilities. According to People magazine, the SEC...

The Tightrope Walk of Parenting

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Once again I was reminded at how parenting can be a tightrope walk. It's not always easy to know when it's time to teach a lesson and when my child really needs me to back off and be there for him.

Bus Driver Replaces Stolen Bike Of Woman With Special Needs Out Of The Goodness Of Her Heart

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 01.05.2016 | Good News

A bus driver mobilized friends and family to rally around a woman with special needs who fell victim to an unfortunate incident.  Sylvie ...

The Night I Knew My Daughter and I Would Be Just Fine

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Through all of her challenges and all of the scary times we have endured, somewhere deep inside me I've always known that she was meant to be here, and, one way or another, the two of us would always be just fine.

The Awesome Change American Girl Is Making In 2016

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 01.13.2016 | Parents

American Girl just made an awesome move toward inclusiveness. Starting this year, kids with diabetes are able to give their American Girl dolls diabet...

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...

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?"

We Need to Change How We Treat Anyone With a Disability

Kate Welch | Posted 12.02.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

From the day my precious son Caleb was born in 1996, there have been whispers. There have been curious stares. There have been unasked questions in people's eyes about whether, perhaps, I caused my child's disability.

Giving Glendon A New Wheelchair

Plumfund | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Plumfund

Today, the family pushes forward by transitioning a large portion of their farm from chemically treated produce to more desirable organic practices, and by ensuring that the grandkids stay on track with their education.

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...

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.

The Lizard Woman

Catherine Sigit | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Catherine Sigit

"How come your arms are all wrinkled up?" the little girl asks. I've got ichthyosis. It makes my skin look overly dry, scaly and cracked, darker than normal. Much like a snake's skin, but I suppose 'wrinkled' describes it too.

Target's New Halloween Ad Features A Child With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 10.23.2015 | Good News

Target mailed a new product catalog to customers this month, and some recipients were pleasantly surprised to find a girl with disabilities prominent...

Disability Housing: A Diverse Population Needing Diverse Options

Micaela Connery | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

Looking Upwards is one of the largest disability service providers in the state of Rhode Island. They provide services and supports to over seven hundred individuals with disabilities with a variety of abilities, diagnoses, and needs.