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Special Needs Children

Bullying Hurts Kids With Intellectual Disabilities: A Parent's Perspective

Terri Barnhart | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Terri Barnhart

The teasing from his teammates started slowly, but then one day some boys on his team pants'd him by pulling down Ben's pants on the playing field, in front of the whole team.

The SPECTRUM Alert: 8 Steps Schools Can Take to Prevent Autism-Elopement Tragedy

Leigh Merryday | Posted 10.16.2014 | Education
Leigh Merryday

If a school district's plan to address autistic elopement is merely to wait for it to happen and call police, they are planning for tragedy. After consulting with both local law enforcement and Jerry Turning of Police and Autism: Bridging the Gap, here's a protocol I'm suggesting to my child's school district.

The Inclusive Gap Ad That Has Everyone Cheering

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.16.2014 | Parents

Earlier this month, Gap posted a photo on the brand's Facebook page to promote its autumn kids collection. The ad shows a group of children getting re...

Jessica's Haven & Rescue: Special People, Special Dogs

Maggie Sergio | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Maggie Sergio

What has evolved is an educational program that works with the local community, and across the San Francisco Bay Area. Jessica's Haven & Rescue has a vocational skills training program that operates four days a week in addition to rescuing and finding homes for unwanted dogs.

Here's How To Plan A Trip To Disney World With Special Needs Kids

MiniTime | Posted 10.13.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

Children with autism need to know what's going on, and about the environment that they're traveling to. Now you can do this two ways.

Learning to Trust My Parenting Instincts

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Trusting my own instincts can be very hard for me at these times. I find myself caught between wanting to be the perfect daughter and making my parents happy and needing to be the mother that I know Lizzy requires me to be. Yesterday, motherhood won out.

Common Core Kills Curiosity

Yohuru Williams | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.

"Normal" Is a Dryer Setting: We're All More Alike Than We Are Different

Debra Jenkins | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Debra Jenkins

I was honored to be a presenter at TEDxHuntsville on September 7 and am thrilled that the video of my talk has now been posted.

The Great Disclosure Debate: When Should You Tell Strangers Your Child Has Autism?

Julie M Green | Posted 09.26.2014 | Parents
Julie M Green

Is it better to be upfront about your kid's disorder to bemused strangers, or to keep your private business private?

I Won't Let My Daughter With Down Syndrome Be Defined By A 'List'

Deanna Smith | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Deanna Smith

When my daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome, I was given a list. A list of potential features and problems to expect. This list is cold, emotionless and almost comes across as grotesque if you are reading it with fear already in your heart.

Good Neighbors Around the World: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in a social change leader, every single day of the year? Since January 1, 2013, through the Pollinatio...

Finding the Magic From My Soapbox

Audrey Hayworth | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Audrey Hayworth

If you don't know the parent you are judging, just stop. And if you do know them, proceed with kindness.

I've Been Holding My Daughter Back For My Son's Sake. Not Anymore.

Jamie Krug | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

Saying "yes" to her, often means saying "no" to him -- or forcing him to watch from the sidelines. Saying "no" to both seems easier -- more fair -- though I am now seeing that it is the former rather than the latter.

My Response To A Mean Old Woman

Debra Jenkins | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Debra Jenkins

It's my responsibility to keep my mind and heart open to our ever-changing world if I want to remain an active participant in it. I refuse to allow myself to become as closed-minded as you, Old Woman. I will keep up and join in... or I will get out of the way.

Stepping Outside of My Place of Fear

Meg Harris | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Meg Harris

When I left the camp for the last time, I cried even harder, but the tears were of joy, relief and a profound sense of gratitude to the camp, the counselors and her aid for giving Eliza the opportunity to grow and learn and to have this very "typical" summer experience.

Dogs in Asia: Doctors Not Dinner

Jill Robinson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

In a continent where dogs are often regarded as food, a change in attitude is palpable as the science behind the healing powers of canine therapy is being embraced by animal lovers and doctors alike.

Children with Disabilities are KEEN on Sports

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 09.10.2014 | DC
Jamie Davis Smith

It can be difficult for children with disabilities and their families to find activities that they can enjoy. KEEN of Greater DC (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) has provided wonderful programming for children with disabilities and their families.

How to Talk to Kids About Disability (and Voldemort)

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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.

Eight Ways to Knit A Community: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

My Child Can't be Defined By A Parent Intake Form

Kathy Radigan | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

The other day I was in the middle of my morning routine of packing snacks, reminding people to wear underwear and ordering them to brush their teeth when I happened to see it, my special needs daughter's red take home folder.

Bartender Builds Charity for People with Special Needs, One T-Shirt at a Time

Brian Horn | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Brian Horn

What if your next T-shirt could provide joy and financial support to an individual with special needs? What if that same T-shirt could inspire confidence and a sense of accomplishment for an adult worker with special needs? A Phoenix area bartender created a charity that does just this.

Why I Really Love Princesses And all Things Pink And Girly

Kathy Radigan | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

It's her love of pretty clothes, tiaras and princesses that are the threads I clutch to when I can't connect with her on any other level.

The Special Way DWTS' Tony Dovolani Embraces Fatherhood and Raising His Autistic Son

Caroline Presno | Posted 10.19.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

Tony Dovolani of ABC's Dancing With the Stars puts his family above all else:"Love your family more than anything else in the world. If you treat your family the way they should be treated, then your family will always, always be there for you."

The Truth About Our Autism

Jessica Woodbury | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Jessica Woodbury

Our autism is no longer a thing that brings me to my knees constantly. It is growing and changing every day.