special needs parenting

How Summer Camp Shapes Your Special Needs Child’s Future

It is that time of year, the school year is winding down and summer plans are shaping up. By now, the application process for most summer camps is completed and the steep application fees have been paid. Parents and students now anxiously await the arrival of the approval letter, which usually arrives by “snail mail.” […]

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Ground Hog’s Day. The More things Change, the More they Stay the Same?

The More things Change, the More they Stay the Same? The daily adventures of being a “special needs” mother often feels like the movie, Ground Hog’s Day. You wake up and find certain rituals and routines follow you through decades and no matter how hard you try to change it up, they repeat. In my

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Everyone Needs a Break–The Importance of Respite

Reluctant eagerness. Yes, those two words capture my dilemma each time I take a break from being a “special needs mom” and caregiver—if there is such a thing. Respite is good for both of us. On one hand, I am eager to leap out of my routine. Since, Mikelle graduated from high school, I have

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Reflecting on Success. Families at the Forefront of Technology Conference

Start. With a dream. They do come true. Not always. But, this time one did. Fourteen years ago, I wrote my first article on connecting people with disabilities to emerging technology for the Advance, a newsletter for APSE-The Employment Network. Ever since, I have been talking, writing and speaking about bridging the digital divide. Who

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