Special Needs

Find support for parents of children with special needs. Learn how to advocate for your child, raise funds for needed equipment and find helpful organizations.

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Assistive Technology

Feelif is making photos and the environment more accessible for kids who are blind!

Feelif just released two applications that will help blind and visually impaired users have a better understanding of their surroundings and of photos.

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Parenting, Special Needs

Home Sweet Group Home?

When is the right time to move your special needs child out of the house and into a group home?

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Education, Special Needs

How Statewide School Testing Discriminates Against Special Needs Students

Is it always appropriate to test students, even those with severe disabilities? And can standardized tests be considered discriminatory, even when alternative testing options are offered to special needs students?

To the Mother Whose Life Isn't Taking the Expected Path

Parenting, Support

To the Mother Whose Life Isn’t Taking the Path She Expected

The path of a special needs parent is hard, but you need to choose happiness. You feel countless emotions, each and every one of them, and at some point you...

leandra and abby

Parenting, Special Needs

I Lost My Daughter. Even though She is Alive, I Lost Her, and I Grieve Her all the Time

Having a special needs child is a lifelong grieving process. Each new milestone that does not happen is a painful reminder of what you've lost.

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Parenting, Special Needs

Something Happened While I was Waiting for My Daughter to Tell Me She Loves Me

If your child is nonverbal they may not be able to say, "I love you." But they can express their love in so many other ways!

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Advocacy

How to Work with Difficult Doctors & Therapists

As the parent of a disabled child you probably have to meet with quite a few doctors and therapists. What can you do if you just don't agree with their...

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Advocacy, Parenting

Family vs Ableism: What I’ve Learned As a Mother of a Child with a Disability

Is it more important to be worried about how you're presenting yourself and your family to the outside world and the wider disability community, or to focus on the needs...

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Assistive Technology, iPad Apps and Accessibility

Feelif: The Accessible Tactile Tablet for Kids who are Visually Impaired

Feelif is a tactile tablet that is able to combine native features of the Samsung tablet, like vibrations and the built-in screenreader, with a tactile surface to create a whole...

Michael sitting in a chair and smiling

Parenting, Special Needs

My son will not read this post

For a special needs parent, being realistic does not mean losing optimism. It means finding peace with what is.

Support

When Your Special Needs Support Group is Anything but Supportive (and 5 Tips to Get it Back on Track)

Moms yelling at each other certainly isn't a new thing, but online support groups can take it to a whole new level! Find tips on how to keep your special...

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Parenting, Special Needs

What does it really take to make a home accessible?

What really makes your home an inclusive space for your special needs or blind child? Is it the furniture? Or is it the way you think?

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Support

What can you do for the special needs mom who doesn’t feel anymore?

Sometimes it seems like I don't have the time to feel, and I know this isn't a new thing. I've been not feeling for a long time. Is it OK...

Mother kissing her baby's foot

Parenting, Special Needs

When my family accused me of using my special needs child as an excuse

We make decisions for our medically fragile kids every day, but sometimes family members just don't understand our reasons.

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Advocacy, Orientation and Mobility

Make Your Own White Cane Lapel Pin for White Cane Day

Celebrate White Cane Day with your very own white cane lapel pin! Show your white cane pride with this hand-made bead pin.

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Support

The hidden truth about special needs resources: It doesn’t need to be this complicated

Do you ever feel like you're tied up in knots looking for support and resources for your special needs child? Maybe it doesn't have to be this way!

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Support

Do you have the courage to redefine disability?

What does disability look like to you? How do people with disabilities interact with the mainstream world? What can you do to help?

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Support

I’m tired of being “the special needs mom”

Are you the parent of a special needs child? Do your friends also have kids with disabilities and that's all you ever talk about? Maybe it's time for a change!

Ivan with his grandma

Parenting, Support

Dear Grandparents of Visually Impaired Children

Being a grandparent is so important, maybe even more so for grandparents of blind children. Here are some tips to help you relate to your family and give them the...

a mother who is sad

Support

They told me feeling sad made me a bad mother

By admitting that my child's disabilities make me sad, I am saying that my child's existence brings me grief. By writing this in a public space, I am telling the...

proud special needs girl

Advocacy, Parenting

I’m Raising My Special Needs Child with Dignity – Are You?

Special needs children deserve honor and respect. As parents, we need to maintain their dignity and help them present themselves at their best in public.

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Advocacy

Learning Advocacy When You Have Low Vision

L. Penny Rosenblum is a TVI, a parent and student advocate, and has a vision impairment. She writes about what it was like learning to advocate for herself as a...

sensory bottles

Special Needs

Positive Eye: Training and resources for practitioners working with children with vision impairment

Positive Eye was established five years ago to offer a consultancy and training service to professionals and parents on meeting the educational needs of children and young people with visual...

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Education, Special Needs

Thoughts from a Preschool Teacher About Teaching a Blind Student

Heidi interviews her son's mainstream preschool teacher and asks her how she prepared to introduce a blind student to her classroom.