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Advocating for Independence Days

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

You don't have to be a grown-up to advocate. You have to care about something and, most importantly, you have to act on it. So teach your children well. Get them involved in whatever issue is central to your life.

Does This Photo of a Teen With Cerebral Palsy Shock You? It Shouldn't

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

The truth is, the realities of raising a child with physical challenges are often not pretty, however lovingly they are handled.

To the Wonderful Mom That I Met Today

Meg Harris | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Meg Harris

As we sat in line waiting for our children to be let in to the Dinosaur Dig exhibit today, we shared knowing glances as our boys raised their hands in excitement and answered every question that the very patient narrator asked.

The First Time I Said 'My Daughter Has Down Syndrome'

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.04.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Tara McCallon can remember the first time she ever articulated that her daughter had down syndrome. She was in the hospital gift shop, waiting for ...

The Supreme Court Takes a Stand on the Term 'Mental Retardation'

Ellen Seidman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Using more neutral terminology to describe a person with intellectual disability, when they need to be described at all, is just one more way to respect them. Not the only way, of course; just one. An easy one.

Not Pictured

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

The truth is, while I rationally know that we have made the absolute best decision to send Claire to a developmental preschool, I still sometimes feel guilty that she's not home with me and Etta.

A Dad Sounds Off on Why the BatKid Was Important

Rob Watson | Posted 02.04.2014 | San Francisco
Rob Watson

For Miles, it was a great day. For those of us in its midst it was a necessity. We needed to know it could happen. We needed to know that the possibility of making it and other impossible dreams happen is within our grasp. It was a journey that rescued us from cynicism and took us into a community of hope.

The Grief My Son Does Not Deserve

Ellen Seidman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Max's 11th birthday is coming up. My 11th anniversary as a mom is coming up. His birth will never be a happy event for me, yet why does it have to still hurt so much? It feels as if I am doing Max wrong by grieving this way. He doesn't deserve that.

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.

What You Don't Know And Can't See

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 10.31.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

I rolled over and took Zoe's hand in mine, trying to focus on her face in the nightlight glow. She is 11 now, and bedtime lately has taken a serious turn. We talk about kids who stare, what she is afraid of and how people are different.

To The Author Of The Anonymous Note Left On My Car Window

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 10.27.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

In your hurry to keep things neat and orderly, you didn't see the whole picture. You didn't see the wheelchair lift permanently installed into the back of my SUV, and you didn't see me unload my little girl's pink manual wheelchair that we use for "quick" trips.

Why I Choose to Celebrate My Sassy Tween's Back-to-School Attitude

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

As much as I want to expand into the quiet, empty space, claim it as mine and finally clear my never-ending list of things to do, there is something about that first day of school that tugs at my mother's heart.

We Tithe, Pay Our Bills, Are Deep in Debt and Want to Buy a House

Steve Rhode | Posted 07.23.2013 | Business
Steve Rhode

Reader Question My husband was without income or on reduced income for 3 years. We accumulated debt during that time in the name of "just surviving",...

My Message For People Who Pity Kids With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

How crushing would it be to know that others think you are a lesser human being? Or that you are an "unlucky child" (who grows into an unlucky adult)? Our kids need every bit of confidence they can get in this world.

How I Found The Words To Advocate For My Daughter

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 05.30.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

There just isn't a teacher, a doctor or other well-meaning professional who definitively knows what is "best" for my child. As Zoe's mother, I see her as the whole child she is: her spirit, her strengths, her abilities.

The Only Way To See The Truth About My Daughter

Amy Julia Becker | Posted 05.13.2013 | Parents
Amy Julia Becker

To think that a child's life can be summarized by the balance of her flaws and her achievements, with a scorecard at the end that deems her either a burden to our family or a productive citizen within our society, betrays my role as her mother altogether.

The Upside of Autism

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

People often talk about the difficulties associated with parenting a child with autism. But this post isn't about that. I want to recognize and celebrate the upside of autism, a blessing we "special needs parents" are given somewhere, somehow -- packaged up in a gift I like to call "perspective."

The Obama Administration Invents a Right to Wheelchair Basketball

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 01.26.2013 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

The American people are a compassionate lot. I have no doubt that they will support the notion that kids with disabilities should get to play sports, too. But let's put it to their elected representatives to decide how it might work, not the faceless bureaucrats in the Office of Civil Rights.

Lisa Belkin

Gabe's Care Map: What It Really Takes To Care For One Boy With Special Needs | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.20.2013 | Parents

Cristin Lind couldn’t find the words, so she drew a picture. The artistic inspiration hit about a year ago, after she’d been asked to speak to...

Got Time? Got Love? Get With The Program

Karin Kasdin | Posted 12.19.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

"When we moved to Philadelphia, we left all our family and friends more than 100 miles away. We were able to procure excellent therapeutic services for Sadie, but we missed family. We needed a grandma, someone who would love our daughter without judgment."

My Activism for Special Needs

Stuart Chaifetz | Posted 11.21.2012 | Education
Stuart Chaifetz

Mitt Romney wants to build battleships and cut government spending. That means that Americans with special needs are going to suffer, for the federal government already shamefully underfunds special education.

Cost Of Educating Students With Special Needs Disproportionately Left To Traditional Public Schools

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 08.20.2012 | Education

LOS ANGELES -- The high cost of educating students with special needs is disproportionately falling on traditional public schools as other students in...

9 Ways You Can Help A Special Needs Parent

Maria Lin | Posted 07.02.2012 | Parents
Maria Lin

Although a typical world can be miles apart from a special needs world, I will never give up on trying to build bridges and understanding, because our combined world won't grow otherwise.

My Kid, the Jewish Day School Reject

Malina Saval | Posted 06.02.2012 | Parents
Malina Saval

My 5-year-old son, Boaz, received two thin envelopes in the mail (in Los Angeles by the time a kid is 2, it's not unheard of that he's fielded enough ding letters from private preschools to wallpaper his playroom).

Special Needs Student Allegedly Died From Teacher's Forced Neck Brace

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.06.2012 | Education

Parents of Aaron Hatcher, a former special needs student at Roswell High School in Atlanta, Ga., have filed a $10.5 million lawsuit against the distri...