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Howard Stern, Please Don't Be a Rob Portman!

Kel Kelly | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Kel Kelly

If you heard that your grandson/granddaughter -- an innocent, pure-hearted child -- was being called a retard and was being bullied at school because they were intellectually challenged, your heart would break and you would do everything within your power to stop it. Don't wait until that moment, Howard.

What To Do When You Think Another Parent Is Judging You

Laura Shumaker | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Laura Shumaker

If you are the parent of a child with "issues," you know what I am talking about. It's not easy to be on stage during tense moments like these. Still, the next time you think someone is judging you, try taking a step back.

Because of DadMom: Troubling Messages in Ads About Parenting

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 04.25.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

How can people who may not have amazing dads in their lives grow up to be or expect to co-parent with amazing dads if we don't see dads being normal and amazing in our lives?

Special Needs Parents, You Are Not Invisible

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

You parent a child with special needs and sometimes you feel alone and invisible. But you are not. Today, I want to tell you that I see you.

15 Things Never To Say To A Special Needs Parent

Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D.

I write this list in the hopes that it will be read by some of those good people who mean well but whose words can still be as sharp as knives.

WATCH: Mom's Photos Smash Stereotypes Of Down Syndrome

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.10.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

When Chicago blogger Katie Driscoll learned that her fetus carried the chromosome for Down syndrome, she quickly realized that unfair stereotypes of t...

Divorce and the Child With Special Needs

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. | Posted 04.05.2014 | Divorce
Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

All children are vulnerable when parents divorce. Children with special needs are even more so. But with special attention to their uniqueness and special needs, they too can cope and thrive.

My Child With A Disability Is Not My Hero

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

The tendency of parents of kids with special needs and disabilities to say their kids are "heroes" makes me deeply uncomfortable.

Avonte Oquendo Was Our Son and Now He Must Be Our Hope

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

Now more than ever, special needs parents everywhere want to take action because Avonte was our son, our child, our brother and now is our hope.

WATCH: Special Needs Student Makes SportsCenter's Top Plays With Buzzer-Beating Basket

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News

An Arizona high school basketball team made a very special substitution on Monday night. With time running out in the game, Glendale's Deer Valley...

What Nonverbal Kids Can Gain From Technology

Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP

Technology is truly a beautiful thing. It gives voice, words and expression to an inner world that may otherwise lay dormant without the tools to access and express it.

How The 'Love Hormone' Could Help Kids With Autism

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

By: By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 12/02/2013 04:58 PM EST on LiveScience For children with autism, a dose of oxytocin — the so-c...

CDC Estimates 6 And A Half Million U.S. Kids Have ADHD

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 11.22.2013 | Parents

ATLANTA (AP) — The number of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise but may be leveling off a bit, a new surv...

I Am the Author of the Open Letter to Chuck Klosterman Regarding the R-word

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

At the risk of sounding trite, Mr. Klosterman is who we have been waiting for. People with intellectual disabilities and their families and friends and allies have been waiting for someone of his stature and character to come to the fore.

7 Practical Ways to Help a Special Needs Family

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 11.12.2013 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

There are times when we could really use your help. Here are seven practical ways you can help a special needs family.

5 Things You Should Know About Families Dealing With Disability

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

My daughter's genetic disorder resulted in a variety of disabilities, both cognitive and physical, that impact nearly every aspect of our lives. Usually we go along with our routine, but sometimes I am struck by how little others know about disability and what life is like for us.

Eye-opening Insights Into International Adoption, Orphans, Special Needs and "Re-homing"

Adam Pertman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Adam Pertman

More children are remaining in orphanages for longer periods of time, thereby incurring the increased developmental and psychic harm that comes from being institutionalized, while also diminishing their prospects for ever moving into a permanent family.

The Lesson I Learned From the Gift of a Pumpkin: How to Find Family Fun on Halloween

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

Like any celebration, Halloween is really about what's FUN for your family, and not the endless hype for the one night of dressing up in costumes and store-bought decorations. This is the lesson I learned long ago -- when I saw the light in my little girl's eyes, and the smile on her face, while her arms held tight her real Halloween pumpkin in her hospital bed.

Why I Refuse to Care About the Redskins Name Controversy

Andi Sligh | Posted 12.28.2013 | Parents
Andi Sligh

There's something very wrong with a society that obsesses over the nickname of a professional football franchise but sees nothing wrong with the everyday use of the word "retard."

Twice-Exceptional: Is It a Gift?

Kelly Hirt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kelly Hirt

As my son grew, he continued to surpass expected milestones. He had an amazing memory and asked inquisitive questions that were unexpected as a toddler. When my son turned four, a quirky toddler had morphed into a demanding dictator.

'Special:' A Poem Written By a Mom For Her Special Needs Son

Marla Murasko | Posted 12.15.2013 | Parents
Marla Murasko

When you start thinking about becoming a Mom the first things that pop into your mind is whether you will have a boy or a girl, what will the name be and what they will be when they grow up. You don't stop to think will he/she have special needs! Down Syndrome!

If You Only Knew Me

Kyra Phillips | Posted 11.26.2013 | Parents
Kyra Phillips

Meeting "Jimmy" more than 20 years ago changed my life. Not only did I become a spokesperson for Special Olympics, I became an advocate for every human being with Down Syndrome.

Self-Advocacy for Individuals with Special Needs

Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP

There is a whole giant world outside of school, a world without the cushion of educators and therapists. In this world -- the "real world" -- the grocery store clerk is impatient, the librarian is too busy, the MTA employee isn't aware and the boss simply doesn't care.

I Don't Really Know My Son

Jamie Krug | Posted 10.28.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I hold onto these moments now. Because I know him in these moments. I know what his heartbeat feels like against mine, and his face buried in my neck, and the smell of his hair. But I don't know him very well at all beyond these sweet moments we share.

What I Don't Wish For My Son With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

I will do whatever I can within my powers to pave the road Max walks on and make his path in life easier. But I love this kid, the one I got.