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The Inspirational Story of Nolan's Sweet Heat

Reghan Conrey | Posted 09.15.2014 | Teen
Reghan Conrey

Nolan Stillwell. CEO, avid gardener, talented chef, and beacon of hope. Nolan has Down Syndrome, but there is nothing "disabled" about this hardworking, motivated young man.

Please Segregate My Special Needs Child

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Eliot Borenstein

Inclusion is a wonderful idea, and should always be the goal whenever it is reasonable. But inclusion must not be treated as an inflexible ideology.

I'm So Sorry My Daughter's Disability Is Such An Inconvenience For You

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

If you think individuals and their families are just trying to game the system for their own benefit, think again.

Five Extra-Special Young People Share Their Lives With the World in The Specials Reality Show

Brian Horn | Posted 09.03.2014 | Entertainment
Brian Horn

The series chronicles four years in the lives of five young adults, ages 19 through 23. What makes this so "special" is that these five young people all have intellectual disabilities.

Goldstock: 400 Golden Retrievers Gather for One Weekend

Suz Redfearn | Posted 09.03.2014 | Good News
Suz Redfearn

Close your eyes and picture the smiling, fluffy bundle of mirth that is a golden retriever. Now picture 400 golden retrievers galloping across grassy fields to a long dock jutting into quiet lake and each dog launching him or herself into the water with gusto.

This Is How You Discover The Real Meaning Of Life

Ray Flynn | Posted 08.27.2014 | Fifty
Ray Flynn

NBA and college basketball great Jimmy Walker once said to me, 'Ray, you were one of the best outside shooters in college basketball and the highest vote getter in Boston history, when you were Mayor of Boston, so now that you are out of politics and sports, does all that excitement and meaning in life come to an end? Basketball is over for me, so what happens next?'

The Land of Empathy and Wonder

Kristi Rieger Campbell | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Kristi Rieger Campbell

The only thing important in my imagined land is a person's heart. And his empathy. And his ability to find wonder.

To The Typical Siblings

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

You are perhaps more mature than someone your age. You've probably had more responsibilities than most of your peers. I guess in some ways you've lived a different life, life impacted by disability.

Employment for People With Intellectual Disabilities: Lil' Help?

John M. Simmons | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
John M. Simmons

When you notice places of business and employment positions where people with intellectual disabilities might fit in, take a few minutes to write a letter to management.

When Justin Timberlake And 25,000 Fans Sang Happy Birthday To A Boy With Autism

Marika Rosenthal Delan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Marika Rosenthal Delan

Now I have found that others don't always find all the things you find beautiful about your child to be so beautiful, but I think that's where Leonard Bernstein comes in. Everyone around us saw it. Everyone felt it but none of us could name it.

I See You There, Judging My Child

Angela Keck | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Angela Keck

There are a lot of things about my child that you don't see. You don't know that he loves me with his whole heart, without reservation and without hesitation.

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.

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.

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

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 07.30.2014 | 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.

Autism Parents Build Virtual Birdhouse for Others

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 08.10.2014 | Technology
Rabbi Jason Miller

Dani Gillman was a single mom in Metro Detroit with an autistic daughter, Brodie, who ran a popular blog detailing her daughter's challenges and successes as a way to help other parents of autistic children.

South Africa's Missing Genius Children

Vashthi Nepaul | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Vashthi Nepaul

Today I want to talk about 'a good education,' one of the priority areas for the United Nations My World Global Survey. But there is a specific segment of education which I believe is being overlooked to our detriment.

My Son's Rendition Of 'Let It Go' Will Change The Way You Think About Singing

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.18.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Some people might listen and think that Max is just "trying" to sing. To them I'd say: change your definition of singing.

Data Is Key to Improving Outcomes for Students With Special Needs

Michele Jolin | Posted 09.10.2014 | 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.

For Special Needs Parents, Every Milestone Is Major

Ellen Seidman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

When Max walks, says a word, feeds himself, picks up an object, uses his pointer finger, reads a word, writes his name, climbs the stairs, goes to the bathroom or uses his iPad speech app, I'll suddenly be filled with gratitude that he is able to do what he does. I take none of it for granted.

How to Ask for Special Considerations When Traveling With Your Special Needs Child

Meg Harris | Posted 09.06.2014 | Travel
Meg Harris

It's such a sensitive subject and often embarrassing for parents to even ask, but sometimes so necessary. In a time where so many people are traveling and experiencing all that life has to offer it is hard for families with special needs children to participate. The lines are so long, the noise level can be through the roof and navigating through the millions of people can be overwhelming.

What If She Lives With Us Forever?

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 09.06.2014 | 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.

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 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.

How a Plane Ride Changed My Daughter's Life

Meg Harris | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Meg Harris

Airplanes have always been a huge source of delight for my daughter Eliza, who was born with Atypical Rett Syndrome. So you can only imagine Eliza's thrill when she recently took her very first commercial flight to NYC.

Summer Camp for a Child With Special Needs: Learning New Things, Meeting New Friends and Trying Something You Never Tried!

Marla Murasko | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Marla Murasko

A lot of camps may encourage inclusion for children with special needs to take part in their camp activities with their typical peers.