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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.


Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 10.08.2015 | Parents
Lisa Pullen Kent

I love teenagers. I do. Everything about them: the awkward, the self-conscious, even the angry bits. I'm especially intrigued by the way they shed their childhood like a skin and emerge a newer, older version of themselves.

My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 09.28.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

Autism isn't all about the six-year-old who can play Piano Man better than Billy Joel. Autism can be hard. Autism can be sad. Autism can be messy. Autism can be violent. Autism can be isolating.

A Not-So-Typical Birth-Mother Letter

Wendy Ferguson | Posted 09.11.2015 | Parents
Wendy Ferguson

You may never know how truly grateful we are for your decision to choose adoption for your unborn baby. There were other choices you could have made but you chose life and another family to raise your precious child. Our story is not the typical "thank you" for choosing life and for choosing our family.

How I've Learned To Love The Distance Between Me And My Son

Quiet Revolution | Priscilla Gilman | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

Priscilla Gilman, a teacher of romantic poetry who embraced Wordsworth’s vision of childhood’s spontaneous wonder, eagerly anticipated the birth o...

An Access Revolution

Tarita Karsanji Davenock | Posted 09.08.2015 | Travel
Tarita Karsanji Davenock

Some of us are lucky enough to fall into careers that we love, where just coming to work is a joyful part of the day. Fewer have been purposeful, have...

Disability Housing: Living, Supporting, and Loving Intentionally

Micaela Connery | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

A leisurely conversation-filled dinner with not a single phone on the table. Religion that was welcoming and inviting (and-not-even-a-tiny-bit-divisive). Morning greetings of "Wow, looking good!"

Autism and the Shot

Shanell Mouland | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Let me tell you the tale of two sweet little girls and a very special dog heading to the doctor with their sleep-deprived and slightly cranky mother. It all happened on a Tuesday... or was it Wednesday?

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"

Exploring a New Business Model for Autism

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

The problem is that many employers don't see the upside in hiring individuals who can be considered rigid and moody with poor communication skills. We need new approaches that let businesses tap into the potential of this unique population segment.

Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Alan E. Guttmacher

Some days, Kristal Nemeroff needs her wheelchair, but usually her walker suffices. She is slower than the students who buzz around her, but her motivation is in overdrive. At 27, Kristal is the nurse at Hamilton Elementary School in rural Pennsylvania, a few miles from where she grew up.

Let Freedom Ring for All

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.02.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

When the founders of our nation landed on the shores of Cape Cod, it was with the pursuit of religious freedom. All the other truths we've fought for since that time, stemmed from this same quest.

Disability Housing: 'How Sweet It Is' to Have Choices

Micaela Connery | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

How many choices do you make in a day? We choose how and with whom we spend our time. We make choices about when to wake up, what to wear, how to decorate our living space, and what to have for dinner.

Life With My 'Down's Kid'

Suzie Skougard | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Suzie Skougard

The hardest thing about having a child with Down syndrome isn't the child and it isn't the Down syndrome -- it's public perception. It's a lack of funding, resources and research. It's having to fight just to get your child an education and therapies. It's battling ignorance, and it's a full-time job.

What Special Athletes Can Teach Us About Parenting; Father's Day Edition

Joe De Sena | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Joe De Sena

Joe Galasso is clinical psychologist who specializes with individuals with disabilities and also with professional athletes. There is a specific part of his job that he holds close to his heart; working with Special Athletes.

Out Loud Planning for My Son With Special Needs

Rebecca Smith Masterson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Smith Masterson

Today, a man I have never met will ask me, "Do you think your son will be able to provide for himself when he reaches age 18?" I will look at this man, a stranger until today, and say for the very first time, "No. I don't think so."

Hiring Guru: Neil Moore's Simply Music Gateway

David Jensen | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
David Jensen

Being a "hiring guy'" and entrepreneur, for me, has brought one very unexpected gift that continues to drive me ever so happily along my path. It's the people I meet, their vast abilities, their stories and their unique approach to life and the serving of others.

How and When to Talk to Your Kids about Autism and Difference

Julie M Green | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

It's one thing deciding to tell strangers your child has autism or some other "invisible" disability, but when is the right time to tell your child?

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 06.21.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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.