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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...)

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 Importance of Spending Nights Away from Home
Spending the night away from home is an important rite of passage for children with disabilities. There are services to help and tips for making it easier on the child and the parent. (read the story...)

The Bright Side: The Power of Optimism When Facing Disabilities
A New York father of three emphasizes the power of optimism when facing his son's disabilities and the importance of focusing on your child's abilities rather than disabilities. (read the story...)

Top 10 Tips for Advocating for Your Child With Special Needs
Gloria Corsino, mother of two boys on the autism spectrum and parent member and president of District 75 Community Education council, gives her top 10 tips on advocating for her children with disabilities to ensure a better tomorrow. (read the story...)

Your Child Had A Special Needs Diagnosis—Now What?
Learning that your child has special needs can be overwhelming and coping with the diagnosis can daunting. Rockland County mom Debbie Bertrand shares her experiences as she navigated life after her daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. (read the story...)

'The Best Advice I Ever Got': How to Cope with a Special Needs Diagnosis
Eleven parents of kids with special needs, all of whom have become experts in the special needs field, share the greatest wisdom they received that helped them cope after their children were diagnosed with disabilities. (read the story...)

No Apologies
When one mom realized she didn't owe strangers an explanation, a defense, or an apology when it came to her son's actions, she found she helped empower her son with autism. Linda Kimpton explains helping her 7-year-old son navigate life with no apologies. (read the story...)

Meet Your Staff
When you became a “special needs parent,” you unwittingly took on a new (unpaid) position as head of personnel for your child’s myriad specialists. Take a crash course in management from another SN mom with lots of experience under her belt. (read the story...)

No Ordinary Journey
When her infant daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, one mom turned her questions into action. Laverne's inspiring story about traveling the world with Kasenya and their family will inspire you to redefine the possibilities and journeys presented to your own family. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Suffolk County, Long Island
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Suffolk County, Long Island? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Suffolk County. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Nassau County, Long Island
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Nassau County, Long Island? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Nassau County. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Staten Island
Raising a child with special needs in Staten Island? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Staten Island, NY. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in The Bronx
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs in The Bronx? Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Bronx, NY. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Queens
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Queens? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Queens, NY. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Brooklyn
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Brooklyn, NY? Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a support group in Brooklyn. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Manhattan
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Manhattan? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Manhattan. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Fairfield
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs can be challenging. Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Fairfield county and the surrounding areas. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Rockland
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs can be challenging. Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Rockland county. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Westchester
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs can be challenging. Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Westchester county. (read the story...)

A Dose of Tolerance
Plenty has been written about teaching children to be more tolerant of their peers with special needs, but what about reaching unsympathetic adults? How to handle those intrusive questions and ignorant comments, whether on the playground or, ahem, at a family gathering. (read the story...)

Diagnosis: Brotherly Love
When his twin sister is diagnosed with a developmental disorder and hits her milestones later than he does, compassionate Joey finds a way to keep their bond strong. His mother watches on with affection. (read the story...)

Homegrown Heroes: Singing and Signing for Good
Professional opera singer Sabrina Francis volunteers her time and talent at Gigi's Playhouse NYC in upper Manhattan to inspire children with Down syndrome through music and sign language. (read the story...)

Homegrown Heroes: Making Waves
A couple on Long Island volunteers to teach children with autism how to surf through Surfers Healing, a daylong surfing camp for children with autism that was founded by former competitive surfer Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz and his wife Danielle. (read the story...)

Helping Is Healing
A mom raising a child with special needs with her family in New York City is empowered in her own situation as she helps other families through trying and challenging times with their own children with special needs. (read the story...)


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