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Audrey Kinsella's Children's Book Celebrates Determination in the Face of Disability
Dingle the dog, who is determined to help his handicapped owner, teaches kids the value of hard work, patience, and a helpful attitude in this book by Audrey Kinsella. (read the story...)

5 Halloween Tips for Parents of Children with Autism
For children with autism, Halloween can be a very scary time. Debora Harris, president of the ELIJA Foundation and director of the ELIJA School on Long Island, offers her top five tips on how parents can make Halloween more fun and less frightening for a child on the autism spectrum. (read the story...)

Get 20 Percent Off Triaid Tricycles for Kids with Disabilities
Triaid, an innovative manufacturer of special needs equipment for children, offers tricycles especially adapted for kids with disabilities. Get our discount code for 20 percent off! (read the story...)

Books by Samantha McLeod Offer Insights of a Special Sibling
Samantha McLeod's trilogy of children's books document her experience growing up with, and learning to accept and love, a brother who has autism. (read the story...)

Hope Paige Medical ID Bracelets Keep Kids Fashionable and Safe
These medical ID and awareness bracelets by Hope Paige Medical are a subtle way to keep kids with medical conditions or special needs safe when they're away from home, and they're modern and fashionable enough to wear everyday. (read the story...)

A Bill of Rights For Parents of Kids With Special Needs
A Bill of Rights for Parent of Kids with Special Needs written by a Ellen Seidman, in honor of her son Max, and all children with special needs. (read the story...)

Learn about Dyslexia Symptoms, Warning Signs, and Resources
Learn all about this developmental reading disorder, including facts, warning signs, common myths, and more, by checking out our round-up of dyslexia information. (read the story...)

Jewels Insitute Yoga Fundraiser Raises $6,000 for Children's Speech Therapy Program
The Jewels Institute, a nonprofit organization in New Rochelle, hosted a yoga fundraiser to raise money for its free Speak to the Beat program, a speech therapy program offered to local children who are underserved or have special needs. (read the story...)

Kids of Courage Takes 150 Sick Kids on the Summer Vacation of a Lifetime
Kids of Courage, a Long Island-based nonprofit organization, took more than 100 local children, all either chronically ill or with severe special needs, on a nine-day summer vacation to San Francisco. (read the story...)

Skoog Makes Creating Music Possible for All Abilities
The Skoog, an innovative new instrument that can play an orchestra of sounds, gives children with special needs the ability to create music. (read the story...)

New HearBuilder Program Teaches Kids How to Follow Directions
Super Duper Publications' HearBuilder series has introduced a new software program that helps kids, with or without special needs, improve their listening skills and learn how to follow directions. (read the story...)

The Super Glider Bike Helps Those with Special Needs Learn to Ride
Glide Bikes' new Super Glider is specially designed to help older kids and adults with special needs learn to ride by first improving motor skills and balance. (read the story...)

Jeepers Peepers Game Helps Kids Develop Early Language Skills
Jeepers Peepers, The Ask and Answer Question Game, puts a fun spin on the age-old 20 Questions game and helps kids develop early language and a host of other skills. (read the story...)

'The Silver Mist' Sheds a New Light on Down Syndrome
"The Silver Mist," a fiction novel told from the perspective of a young woman with Down syndrome, is a touching and unique read that raises questions about the ways in which we view this illness. (read the story...)

How to Talk to an Autistic Kid
An autistic teen hopes to increase acceptance and understanding of those with autism through his book, "How to Talk to an Autistic Kid," which explains autism and its symptoms in easy-to-understand terms. (read the story...)

Etnies Shoe Line Benefits Autism Speaks
Etnies, maker of action shoes and apparel, has partnered with Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, to create co-branded kids' RVM and Fader footwear that support Autism Speaks' mission. (read the story...)

Starabella Series Celebrates Children's Learning Differences
The award-winning Starabella trilogy, about a little girl with learning differences who expresses herself through music, was inspired by author Sharon Fialco's own daughter, who has autism. (read the story...)

Lids 'N Lizards is a Fun and Educational Game for Kids
Lids 'N Lizards, a categorization game developed by Super Duper Publicatons, helps kids with special needs build up their articulation, categorization, and auditory and visual memory skills. (read the story...)

Funzee the Zebra Teaches Kids Everyday Sounds
Funzee Everyday Sounds is an award-winning interactive software game developed by speech language pathologists that teaches kids the sounds of 60 common objects and allows parents to track their child's progress. (read the story...)

How to Find the Best Apps for a Child with Special Needs
Apps for Children with Special Needs, a thorough and easy-to-follow website, makes it easier to know which apps are worth your money—and your child’s attention. (Discounted iPads, too.) (read the story...)

How Technology Can Help Children with Special Needs
Innovative technology, including iPad apps and adaptable motorized wheelchairs, is revolutionizing the way many children with special needs communicate and experience the world. (read the story...)

Family Activities and Your Child with Special Needs: Get Out There, Together
Despite the obstacles—potential stares, insensitive comments from strangers—including your child with special needs in family outings, even everyday errands, is worth it. The father of a teen with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome shares his insights on how and why to make it work. (read the story...)

What Records a Parent of a Child with Special Needs Should Keep
It’s critical to keep organized files and/or a notebook about your child’s school experiences. Use this checklist as a way to organize your child’s school paperwork for important meetings with teachers, counselors, specialists, or administrators. (read the story...)

Autism Speaks Releases IEP Guide for Parents
A new Individualized Education Programs (IEP) guide helps parents of children with special needs understand the legal rights of students with disabilities and offers advice on how to get special education services and form an IEP for your child. (read the story...)

What to Do When Your Child is Diagnosed with a Learning Disability
When your child has been recently diagnosed with a learning disability or you suspect your son or daughter may have learning disabilities, find out what your first steps should be. (read the story...)


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