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Disabled Parking

Disabled Parking is a Game Changer for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

Why would we go through the effort of having a doctor fill out a certificate every few years and stand in long lines to get disabled parking?

Alethea Mshar
Siblings of a Child with Special Needs

Remember Me? The Special Needs of Siblings of a Child with Special Needs

The siblings of a child with special needs may feel like a third wheel. It's importnant to acknowledge their role in the family.

Dr. Liz Matheis
Ruin the Holidays

I’m a “Catastrophizer” But I’m Trying Not to Let it Ruin the Holidays

Being stranded on the side of the road, with a van that has been customized for her son's wheelchair, could ruin the holidays, but Jamie won't let it.

Jamie Sumner
Complex Special Needs Family

A Day In The Life Of A Complex Special Needs Family

As the mom in a complex special needs family, Alethea Mshar is up early every day to get herself and her son and the family ready.

Alethea Mshar
son gets sick

The Mind Games I Play Every Time My Son Gets Sick

When Jamie's son gets sick, or even starts to show symptoms, it's all hands on deck to make sure he doesn't end up in the emergency room.

Jamie Sumner

Everywhere I Go I Am An Ambassador

This weekend I took my little guy, Ben (he’s twelve), to the Fall Fest in our local small...

Alethea Mshar

Motoring Our Way to Freedom

In this article by a mom of a child with cerebral palsy, Jamie talks about how an intervention meant her child was motoring more freely than before.

Jamie Sumner
Family Caregiver

You Know You Are a Family Caregiver When…

Many a family caregiver goes unrecognized by friends, family and sometimes even themselves. Check this list to see if you are a family caregiver.

Alethea Mshar
Children with Dyslexia

School-Based Accommodations for Children with Dyslexia

Oftentimes, children with dyslexia begin to dread the new school year with all of its perceived difficulties. Find out what you can do to help.

Dr. Liz Matheis
wheelchair costumes

Wheelchair Costumes: Halloween Ideas for Kids with Wheels

Wheelchair costumes! In the spirit of fashion for all abilities, I’m sharing a few easy ideas for Halloween costumes that can be adapted for wheelchairs.

Jamie Sumner