What if I did this with my teen-something boys? What if I did this with my best-girlfriends? With my Dad? With his new wife? My mother-in-law? My father-in-law? My 20-something daughter? What if I let myself be bold and open and in love?
When the lady with the blue folder walked in my room, I instinctively knew that folder she held in her hand was full of definitions, statistics and medical jargon. Wasn't being told your child had Down syndrome enough to process for one day?
As the parent of a differently abled child, this release of expectation has changed the way I parent, and it has released me from the shackles of expectation -- shackles I didn't even know I had. Every day is a new day, every day is a surprise.
They wield unprecedented power as their thumbs blaze across screens torturing their victims one electronic letter and picture at a time. Bullies destroy lives and they need to be stopped. I say that, and not without hope. You see, I have found an oasis that is all but free from bullying.
Too often we focus on what children with disabilities can't do rather than what they can do. With the proper instruction, support, and encouragement, children with special needs can far exceed the expectations that are set upon them.
There is no doubt that Obama has lots of potential to use executive authority on behalf of bringing broadly supported rationality to US relations with Cuba, beginning with authorization of non-tourist travel.
Ara loves her daughter despite her limitations. But people's reaction towards Khan ever since she was born has only led her to despair. One relative, perhaps in sympathy, asked her: What have you done to deserve this calamity?
At its heart, Jacob's Turn is designed to inspire -- to let special needs children know that the unique challenges they face need not limit the potential to achieve dreams, even small ones that start on a baseball field.