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SPECIAL NEEDS PARENTS
Mom Writes Viral Letter After Her Son Was Excluded From A Birthday Party
"[I]t’s not OK to leave someone out because of their disability, race, or gender."
A Tough Love Message to Charter Schools About the Dangers of Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies
Marilyn Anderson Rhames
Educator, Author, Speaker, Faith & Thought Leader
Some of the nation's larger "big-box" charter networks have super-strict discipline policies that falsely define how the
Tips and Suggestions for a Smooth IEP Meeting
International Down Syndrome Coalition
Beth Sullivan is Chairperson of the International Down Syndrom...
These meetings can be stressful and for many parents navigating the world of special education is difficult. Below are some tips that might help your child's meeting go a little more smoothly!
It's Day 9 of Our Christmas 'Break' and Only Two-Thirds of Us Have Cried Today
I talk about autism, a lot.
For fun I count how many times they say "Mama" while I prepare a meal they'll never eat. At 29, I quit counting.
The Honest Body Project / Natalie McCain
Photo Series Exposes The Joy And Heartache Of Raising Kids With Special Needs
The series is titled 'Defined by Our Hearts.'
Kyle Bryant's Race For Hope
Eileen Flood O'Connor
For parents of a child diagnosed with a life altering condition, there is no greater hope than someone who lives a life of passion and purpose in spite of a disability. For a host of parents Kyle Bryant has been that someone.
I Want to Outlive My Child (And 3 Other Horrible Truths About Being a Special Needs Parent)
Guardianship may be necessary, but it is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do for Caleb. It boils down to petitioning the court to acknowledge that he is an incapacitated person. It is effectively taking away his right to make his own decisions, and that is a very sad process.
What Does Autism Awareness Even Mean?
Without you, autism awareness is an exclamation without a point, or a balloon without enough air. It is lacking. Because without you, the breathtakingly unusual person in your life would simply drift -- it is you who keeps him or her or them afloat and buoyant.
8 Things I Wish I Could've Told Myself Before I Became a Special Needs Parent
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D.
Founder, Strong as Steel Adaptive Sports
Some days are going to be tough. You are going to fall into bed at the end of them and be amazed that you survived! But you will survive those days, and there will be so many wonderful, happy, love-filled days that will far outnumber the tough ones in the end.
Special Needs Parents and Nap Envy
Owner of Things Japanese Gallery
So, for new parents of special needs kids, I'll just say that an afternoon nap may be enticing, elusive and, very likely, not in the cards. Please do not bemoan this reality. It's something to work towards as there's nothing wrong with stealing a nap wherever and whenever time/life permits. I
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To The People Who Think My Son Doesn't Look Like He Has Autism
Blogger, Speaker, and Author of It's Okay About It
Did my son seem "normal" to you in the 10 minutes you spent with him? Well, that's nice, because he is normal... he's a sweet, normal, beautiful boy with autism.
To My Son's Cub Scouts Leaders -- Thank You!
Down Syndrome Parent Influencer & Lifestyle Blogger, Health Ad...
He gained wonderful friendships, and learned that he can do certain things like ride a bike, build a car or rocket, speak in front of others and learn responsibility.
Please Don't Praise Your Kid for Playing With Mine
Author, Blogger, Speaker
Follow your child's lead: make a new friend, maybe even someone with a disability. No, you will not be an exceptional person for doing that -- you will just be a little bit richer for having a new friend.
The Dad with the Butterfly Tattoo
Brian Ainsley Horn
Entrepreneur. Investor. Author.
The tattoo tells the story of my journey with my son Jackson through the chrysalis of a butterfly (the butterfly is also the international symbol for Down syndrome).
Parenting a Limb Difference Kid
Award winning writer, speaker, humorist, mom, wine snob
We all want life to be easy for our kids and sometimes, it's hard to see him standing out when he'd rather fit in. My son's limb difference isn't always the first thing people notice, but eventually, they notice.
What We Can Learn From the Developmentally Disabled
Blogger at 'Under Reconstruction', Artist, Educator.
I love the work organizations like KEEN does, but it saddens me that we actually need to recruit volunteers to fulfill social and emotional needs that wonderful people like Charles are often deprived of.
The Inclusive Gap Ad That Has Everyone Cheering
Seven-year-old Ines Mitsouras has cerebral palsy. As her mom Melinda excitedly wrote in the comments for the ad, "The girl
Learning to Trust My Parenting Instincts
Writer, Blogger, and the mind behind My Dishwasher's Possessed!
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.
No, Actually, It's Not OK For My Son To Lick You
The thing is, I can say with great certainty that if Archie had been a typical child, she would not have even looked twice. In fact, she may have even thought,
too bad, punk
. But because Archie has Down syndrome, in her mind, he needed to be let off the hook. Um, no.
What Are You Going to Do When He Grows Up?
Author, Speaker, Advocate
There are times he comes out to tell you "the man helped me." With the sink, with the paper towels, with the door. Never a concern on his face. Never a problem breathed.
My Child Can't be Defined By a Parent Intake Form
Writer, Blogger, and the mind behind My Dishwasher's Possessed!
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.
I'm So Sorry My Daughter's Disability Is Such an Inconvenience for You
Jamie Davis Smith
, Guest Writer
If you think individuals and their families are just trying to game the system for their own benefit, think again.
An Awesome Life Lesson From My Son With Down Syndrome: Friends and New Beginnings
John M. Simmons
Author, To Sing Frogs and The Marvelous Journey Home
In Jack's mind, you never lose friends, you just don't see them outside of your own mind as much as you used to. And to my son, that is the beauty of life. You just keep adding more and more friends. It never ends!
To the Summer Camp Director Who Excluded a Child With Special Needs
Sharing insights & personal experiences on education, aging, s...
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.
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