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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 08.19.2014 | 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 08.14.2014 | Parents
Jessica Woodbury

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

What My Daughter's Autism Means To Her Older Sister

Janel Mills | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Janel Mills

In the past four years, I've watched these girls go from two girls who were basically indifferent to each other to sisters who run around the house screaming and laughing hysterically over the silly games they've made up together.

To The Summer Camp Director Who Excluded A Child With Special Needs

Laurie Levy | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Laurie Levy

Please don't bring Olivia back tomorrow, the person in charge stated. We need the helper to manage the behavior of other children in the class as well. Olivia just doesn't fit in because she needs too much of the helper's time.

Autism In Our Family

Courtney Fitzgerald | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Courtney Fitzgerald

He alone makes me a better mother than I thought I would ever have to be. Every point he makes, I see his side -- and I pray he understands that I'm ALWAYS on his team.

New Report by AbilityPath Helps Families With Transition to Adulthood for Individuals With Special Needs

Alexis Wineman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Alexis Wineman

While I am thankful my family and I were able to successfully navigate the transition into adulthood after high school graduation, it wasn't without its challenges.

I Didn't Know How She Was Going to Fit into the World So I Made the World Fit Her

Janelle McLeod | Posted 08.12.2014 | Small Business
Janelle McLeod

I struggled day in and day out to find fashion for little people. I would see clothes for the big and tall but nothing for the little or small. Then I said to myself "God, if I am struggling this way and I am sure all the little people struggling like this too?!"

The Day My Favorite Waitress Made Me Cry

Kathy Radigan | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I always describe myself as being a special needs mom, but in reality we are a special needs family. We have not had to tell our boys to feel responsible for Lizzy, they do that because they love her.

The Bears in the Park: Anxiety and the Autism Parent

Leigh Merryday | Posted 08.08.2014 | Parents
Leigh Merryday

I don't want stress to win, but it's ever present. It steals from me sleep, laughter, and peace. Joy? It's fleeting. Found in bits and snatches -- and always bestowed to me by my children. Yes, it's there. But it's often stolen by the thieves of anxiety and fear.

The Reality of Being a Special Needs Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 08.06.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I am not the same naive young mom who thought she could solve any problem that came her way. I know better.

The Best Gift My Grandson Ever Gave Me

Ray Flynn | Posted 07.13.2014 | Fifty
Ray Flynn

When one of my 17 grandchildren was born with a rare undiagnosed neurological disease, my priorities changed. My passion was not politics, but helping my handicapped grandson Braeden, now 7-years-old... Like all grandparents would say, all their grandchildren are the light of their lives, but a handicapped child is a pure delight.

Data Is Key to Improving Outcomes for Students With Special Needs

Michele Jolin | Posted 07.11.2014 | Education
Michele Jolin

For far too long, we as a nation have set unnecessarily low education expectations for students with special needs, limiting their choices and opportunities for success.

What If She Lives With Us Forever?

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

What I once feared so much is something I now would welcome with open arms. I enjoy my daughter, and the thought of having her around makes me smile.

When Did Handicapped Bathrooms Become a Free-for-All?

Meg Harris | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Meg Harris

There has been much debate about the usage of handicapped bathrooms. Some people feel like they should be used exclusively by handicapped individuals, and others say they are built for handicapped individuals, not reserved for them. I would like to offer my opinion and experience as a mother of a child with special needs.

Reflecting on Inspirational Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey

Stephen M. Sweeney | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Stephen M. Sweeney

The 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games have just concluded and I applaud all of the event organizers, volunteers, supporters, and especially the athletes, for making this an amazing event.

June Is Aphasia Awareness Month: Learn About Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Laurie Levy | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Laurie Levy

You may have heard of aphasia if you know someone who has had a stroke or brain injury. In public schools, how can we right the wrongs for children who can't even tell us they are happening?

To The Woman In The Elevator Who Asked About This Bracelet

Mike Porath | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Mike Porath

I'd never worn a bracelet -- I don't even wear a watch -- but when you get a diagnosis like we did and you don't have any answers, you do whatever you can to show support.

To The Me Of 10 Years Ago

Phoebe Holmes | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Phoebe Holmes

You will learn to be a fighter. You will find strength you never realized you had and overcome your fear of confrontation. You do this because not doing this is not an option. That baby girl needs you to be this way. And you're not about to let that girl down.

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.

I Thought We Had More Time

Jamie Krug | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I am supposed to be the one to soothe him, to tell him... what on Earth am I supposed to tell him? That it will be fine? That it sucks? That I'm sorry?

Hope for USA Auties and Aspies From UK

David Adrian Thomas, Esq., M.C.I.H.T. | Posted 08.10.2014 | Education
David Adrian Thomas, Esq., M.C.I.H.T.

As a joint blog answered commenter Russell's first question last week I'll just address his second question, which was, what do I mean by solve the au...

Why We Put This Little Girl On Our Magazine's Cover

Sasha Emmons | Posted 08.10.2014 | Parents
Sasha Emmons

You would never know this kid struggles with heart problems and has been through three eye surgeries. Sitting on our set, clapping her hands and bobbing to Pharrell's "Happy," she was the picture of pure glee.

Eating My Words at the Awards Assembly

Katherine Wintsch | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Katherine Wintsch

For the younger kids (pre-school through second grade), the school plays by the "everyone's a winner" rule. Each class is called up as a large group and the awards are passed out one by one. While I prefer a little competitive action when it comes to awards, I try to contain myself. "Try" being the operative word.