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Military Families and Childhood Disabilities
There may be many challenges faced by military families raising children with disabilities, chronic health conditions, or other special needs. Common problems are frequent moves, IEPs that do not transfer, lengthy or closed waiting lists, insurance coverage rules, and military-related difficulties.

Tenderness and Childhood Disabilities
The diversity in development of children born with the same diagnosis may be even greater than the differences among mainstream children. Differences in early development do not predict the true potential of an individual. Every opportunity for support and encouragement should be given each child.

Engaging in the Natural World and Gardens
Children with disabilities and their families can benefit from a closer connection to the natural world where diversity is the rule and life is abundant.

Childhood Disability and Parent Advocacy
Parents of children with disabilities often turn to the internet and social media sites for information and support following a diagnosis, injury, health issue or traumatic childbirth. Those who establish themselves via a blog, other social media or website may be both admired and highly criticized.

Costume Ideas - Childhood Disabilities
Some children cannot tolerate uncomfortable fabrics, seams, masks or sounds. Accommodations for sensitivities can be a great help for mainstream peers. Costume ideas for children with disabilities take into account mobility issues as well as fabulous opportunities to incorporate wheels or walkers.

Homecoming, Prom, and Down Syndrome
High school homecoming stories about students with Down syndrome being elected king or queen are still rare enough to be newsworthy but it is much more common than ever before that students with DS are involved in Homecoming activities as they grow up included and supported in neighborhood schools.

Paraprofessionals, Aides and Classroom Volunteers
Paraprofessionals, aides, classroom volunteers and other adults often work with our children in mainstream and special education classrooms, resource rooms, school libraries, cafeterias and playgrounds.

Single Parenting - Childhood Disabilities
Some of the most energetic and motivated advocates for children with disabilities are single parents who find support and encouragement from other parents in their children's inclusive classrooms and disability groups that provide the small accommodations needed for full participation.

Raising Awareness About Down Syndrome
Raising awareness about Down syndrome can be as simple as pointing out the diversity with the population of babies, children and adults with Down syndrome; we already know that the potential of any individual can be enhanced by appreciation, affirmation, and opportunities.

Housing Discrimination and Childhood Disabilities
Landlords and neighbors sometimes discriminate against families who have children with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions, physical disabilities or other special needs. Whether parents take a stand against prejudice or walk away from it, haters can be motivators for advocacy.

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