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Resale Boutique for American Girl Dolls Supports Women with Autism
Girl AGain, a resale boutique for American Girl dolls and their accessories in Hartsdale, recently opened inside the Sweet Heaven Family Spa. The resale store is a venture of Yes She Can Inc, a nonprofit which provides job skills and employment opportunities for young women with autism. (read the story...)

Future Applications of Brain Research for Kids With Special Needs
In hopes of gaining a greater understanding of how the brain works, Manhattan-based organization, the Child Mind Institute advocates more scientific research of children with learning disorders and psychiatric disabilities. The organization believes that more studies could lead to more accurate diagnosis and treatment. (read the story...)

NYMetro Special Parent Spring/Summer 2014 Table of Contents
The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of NYMetro Special Parent magazine focuses on The Future for children with disabilities and their families. Read essays, profiles of local individuals with special needs, and helpful articles on transitioning from pediatric to adult health care, adult housing for those with disabilities, the value of overnight respite, and much more. (read the story...)

A Mother Reflects: Daughter with Special Needs Surpasses Doctors' Predictions
Jill Edelman, mother of a child with special needs and author of This Crazy Quilt: Parenting Adult Special Needs One Day At a Time, reflects on her daughter surpassing doctors' predictions and living a fulfilling life. (read the story...)

Targeted Genome Sequencing: The Future of Personalized Medicine
With targeted genome sequencing, doctors are able to determine the proper course of drug treatment for patients to prevent adverse drug reactions. Doctors hope to use such personalized medicine to change the landscape of treatments for children with special needs. (read the story...)

Child Mind Institute Promotes 'Speak Up Sundays' in May
The Child Mind Institute, an organization dedicated to transforming mental health care for children, hosts its annual Speak Up for Kids campaign and encourages people everywhere to share stories about mental health issues during #SpeakUpSundays in May. (read the story...)

The Future for Children with Special Needs: Four Unique Perspectives
A young girl with autism, a sibling to two brothers on the spectrum, and two parents of children with disabilities share their unique perspectives on what the future will be like for their loves ones with special needs. (read the story...)

The Future of Alternative Housing for Adults With Autism
Though they want independence, most individuals on the spectrum require some form of live-in assistance, severely narrowing options for alternative housing. The ABLE Act aims to ease financial strains faced by adults with disabilities. (read the story...)

How to Build a DNA Kit for Your Child
Having a current child ID kit enables parents to provide immediate and essential information for the search, recover, and rescue of a missing child. Follow these tips to build a DNA kit for your child. (read the story...)

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Max Gamer, an Accessible Icon, and Celebrating Small Milestones
From the NYMetro Special Parent Spring/Summer 2014 issues comes a selection of thought-provoking quotes about special needs parenting, including one dad's take on miniscule milestones, optimism about autism, and an introduction to the new accessible icon. (read the story...)

St. Vincent’s Adds Hydroworx Pool for Aqua Therapy
St. Vincent's Special Needs Services recently added a Hydroworx pool and now offers aqua therapy. St. Vincent's school has also expanded to offer services for children with autism spectrum disorder. (read the story...)

Everyday Heroes: Inspiring Individuals with Disabilities
Meet seven area individuals whose special needs, from cerebral palsy to Down syndrome, have not defined them. Their families deserve plenty of credit for their achievements, for sure, yet it's their heart, determination, and personality that deserve to be emulated. (read the story...)

Everyday Heroes: Meet Randy Reyes
"How wrong they were," Randy's mom says of the early specialists who grossly overestimated how limiting this brave boy's cerebral palsy would be. Randy has since graduated high school and is enrolled in college in Manhattan. (read the story...)

Everyday Heroes: Meet Courtney Raible
Busy, busy: With a four-day-a-week job, a regular volunteering gig, volleyball, bingo, theater, and more, this developmentally delayed young lady is never bored, and always determined. (read the story...)

Everyday Heroes: Meet Angelina McFarlane
Defying early expectations, this preschooler with cerebral palsy has begun to use her voice and has strengthened core muscles, improving her chances of walking. Her family loves her no matter what. (read the story...)

Everyday Heroes: Meet Matthew Futterman
This Long Islander, who has autism, courageously crossed the finish line of his 26-mile dream. Matthew started running when he found it calmed his anxiety, and with the help of a dedicated coach, he completed the New York City Marathon. (read the story...)

Everyday Heroes: Meet Sam McCarthy
Not only has this "happy, stubborn man," as his dad describes him, lived beyond the age doctors predicted when he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but a residential farm-based facility in upstate New York gives him real purpose. (read the story...)

Everyday Heroes: Meet Joshua Eber
Joshua Eber, an accomplished Rockland-based actor who happens to have Down syndrome, is a role model and a downright happy guy. Joshua has defied many medical expectations throughout his life in order to pursue his passion for performing. (read the story...)

Is a Health Care Proxy Right for Your Child with Disabilities?
If your child has a disability and is about to turn 18, you should know about options such as a Health Care Proxy and the more involved legal guardianship, both of which allow you to stay involved in your child's medical care once he reaches adulthood. (read the story...)

Everyday Heroes: Meet Kenny Berg
Born blind, deaf, and with a developmental disability, Kenny Berg of Queens has defied doctor's expectations from the start. His fighting spirit, combined with his mother's passionate advocacy, has set the stage for a life full of independence and love. (read the story...)

Overnight Respite Programs for Children with Special Needs in the NYC Area
If your child has special needs, an overnight respite program can provide some much needed relief. Here, we put together a list of places that offer overnight respite for children in the NYC area, including Long Island and Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield counties. (read the story...)

Two New Summer Camps for Children with Social Deficits
Rockland Jewish Family Service Summer Camps for Children with Social Deficits will offer two new programs this summer: Camp Kipanga for children ages 5-10 and Camp Katikati for children ages 11-13. The camps are for children with social deficits such as autism, ADD, and social anxiety. (read the story...)

Mid-Island Y JCC Receives Donation for Special Needs Center
Mid-Island Y JCC’s center for special needs in Plainview has a new name—the Adler Center for Special Needs—due to a donation from Kenneth and Ann Dorman Adler. The center provides services for children and adults with special needs. (read the story...)

Easter Seals' Inclusive Preschool Opens in Sayville
Easter Seals Child Development Center recently opened an inclusive preschool for children with and without special needs on Long Island. The preschool’s lesson plans are designed to fit the unique needs of the students, and the creative curriculum meets children where they are at developmentally. (read the story...)

Social Skills Group Focuses on Outdoor Activities
Cooke Center, a learning and development center for children with special needs, now offers an outdoor-based social skills group for children in Manhattan. (read the story...)


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