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Colorado Brings Adventure for Boy with Cerebral Palsy

The Jeep had no windows. And no roof – well, a tarp, but that hardly counts. It stood so high off...

Jamie Sumner

Am I Too In Tune With My Child’s Emotions?

The room was loud, concert-level loud, which is what happens when you fill any space with ...

Jamie Sumner
grieving the loss of what you thought would be

Grieving the Loss of What You Thought Would Be

When we are faced with news or experience of loss, whether physical or perceived, we respond with...

Dr. Liz Matheis
special needs vs disabilities

Which Terminology Should I Use – Special Needs or Disabilities?

When I was a student in school, students with disabilities were placed in a separate class, they...

Dr. Liz Matheis
your trash tells a story

Your Trash Tells a Story. Here’s Mine.

When my son Charlie was born with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that resulted...

Jamie Sumner
disabled rights

Disabled Rights Shouldn’t Have to be a Fight

Occasionally and erroneously, I forget how much harder my son Charlie’s life is than his peers....

Jamie Sumner
Live Beyond the Numbers

Why We Must Live Beyond the Numbers

Numbers help us evaluate learning in school and health and unemployment rates and so much more. They give us important data. But they are not everything.

Jamie Sumner

Need a Better Way to Process Your Emotions? Try a Crying Map

If you have trouble expressing your emotions, the crying map might help. Because grief, especially over all that the last year has taken from us, will have to be processed one way or another...

Jamie Sumner
Handicapped Accessibility

DIY Handicapped Accessibility

One lesson we have learned in caring for our child is that nothing, absolutely nothing, should limit his ability to live the best possible version of his life.

Jamie Sumner
covid-19 pandemic

We Are All In this Together: Continuing to Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been ongoing and is slowly (or maybe not so slowly) wearing us all down...

Dr. Liz Matheis