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It's Folic Acid Awareness Week, But the Number 1 Thing I Want You To Know About Spina Bifida Isn't About Folic Acid

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

By all means, doctors and public health advocates should continue to make sure that women of childbearing age take their folic acid. But I'm not interested in using my beautiful child to scare folks into doing it.

What Big Boys Can Do

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

The words marched across the page, cold and unfeeling like a barricade. No way around them, no hint of subtlety to their meaning, no chance to rearrange the letters and make them right.

We All Fall Down Sometimes, And Yet... A Spina Bifida Awareness Post

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

All the kids swing. All the kids slide. All the kids run and play. But only one of them is constantly falling down and, it turns out, she's starting to notice it too.

Emily Thomas

Mom Cleverly Dresses Up Son's Wheelchair Each Halloween | Emily Thomas | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents

For the past six years, Cassie McLelland has been dressing her son's wheelchair in clever Halloween costumes, like Batman and his Batmobile or Superma...

Why Boris Kodjoe Is As Beautiful Inside As He Is Out

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.11.2014 | Black Voices

Actor Boris Kodjoe couldn't be happier with the relationship he's forged with his wife and family, and he admits he has therapy to thank for that. ...

How to Talk to Kids About Disability (and Voldemort)

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

Voldemort is so freaking scary that if you even speak his name, all manner of horrors could rain down upon you. The kids at Hogwarts knew better than to mess with him because, just like we teach our kids in the real world, it's best not to talk about bad things.

When A Little Girl Felt Sorry For My Son

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

I felt it more than I heard it. Deep in my stomach, in that place right below my breastbone. The place where I keep all my fears and my sadness. I felt it like a kick in the ribs.

My Son's Disability Doesn't Make Me A 'Special Kind Of Person'

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

Believe me, I am not diminishing my work as a mother. I am not pretending that my son is just like everyone else. But when we glorify his friends, or his mother, or his one-day prom date, we imply that he is less-than.

Why I Call Myself a #spinabifida Mom

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

I write a lot about Spina Bifida, I read a lot about Spina Bifida, and I like to connect with other folks dealing with the same things. By putting it in my profile, and also by hashtagging my photos, I can find other families who also inhabit the world of SB.

As Long As It's Healthy.... But What If It's Not?

Sarah Watts | Posted 07.20.2014 | Parents
Sarah Watts

We're talking about our children -- an arrangement that's supposed to be unconditional -- and as long as they're healthy! is alarmingly conditional. Everyone's happy for a new baby and congratulations are in order -- but only under certain criteria. Right?

A Letter to Judgy McJudgerson About the iPad Potty

Sarah Watts | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Sarah Watts

Know what I think? This thing is freaking great. It's a masterpiece. Potty training is hard, with a bowel program or without, and whatever keeps your kid socially continent and potty-trained before they go to kindergarten, I'm all for.

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?

Man With Tail Worshipped As God (But Not By His Wife)

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 02.07.2014 | Weird News

A 35-year-old tea picker in Alipurduar, India, is getting tailed by followers every day -- mainly because the 14.5-inch tail growing out of his back m...

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.

Astoria Characters: The Original Wild One

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.09.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Everybody else in the house is still asleep. That's why Tommy Capezza is waiting at the front door.

Quarterback Gives Awesome Teen The Surprise Of Her Life

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Teen

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently suffered an injury that may prevent him from scoring on the field, but he's definitely scoring so...

Game Over. This Costume Wins Halloween

Posted 10.31.2013 | Impact

This parent better clear some shelf space because she’s set herself up for a lifetime of taking home costume-contest awards. For the first time e...

Bridges ... A Solid Foundation for Opportunity

Bill Marriott | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Bill Marriott

Years ago, when our company was first beginning to add hotels to our business, my dad would scout locations for new hotels by watching the traffic across the bridges of Washington. He would say they would never move the bridges.

LOOK: People With Actual Tails

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 08.05.2013 | Weird News

The human tail is front and center this week, thanks to Ke$ha and a 12-year-old boy worshipped as a living God in India. Ke$ha, who previously clai...

Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Carla Lohr | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents
Carla Lohr

I have Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele. I can personally say that life with it is not as bad as people assume. I have accomplished all my goals thus far. My goal in life now is to help change the public's perception of people with this disability.

Why President Obama's Health Care Law Is a Big Win for the Disabled Community

Carla Lohr | Posted 08.29.2012 | Impact
Carla Lohr

Obamacare may not be perfect. Nothing will be the 'be all and end all' for everyone, but for the disabled community, it finally puts us in a position where we have a fighting chance at a decent life -- one where we can find employment and say goodbye to government assistance.

In Arizona, You'd Be Pregnant By Now!

Deborah Stambler | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Deborah Stambler

Some who favor this law are claiming that it protects women. I'm not sure how that logic works. It seems to follow the same rule that claims every woman in Arizona who has her period is pregnant.

Isolating a Child With Disabilities Can Do Life-Long Damage

Carla Lohr | Posted 04.23.2012 | Parents
Carla Lohr

We as a society need to step back and rethink the view we have of disabled children. And the parents who are raising these children have to get serious about bringing these children up with the understanding that they can live their lives to the fullest.

WATCH: Disabled Student Walks Publicly For First Time At Graduation

Posted 08.06.2011 | Education

High School graduation is typically thought of as the first step in a long journey. For one student, that step was literal. Angeline LeVasseur walke...

The Unnatural Order

Cheryl Wills | Posted 07.13.2011 | Home
Cheryl Wills

Eight infants a day are born with spina bifida and it remains the most common permanently-disabling birth defect. The Able Life of Cody Jane: Still Celebrating describes a person with a droll sense of humor who didn't allow physical limitations to define her.