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Inspirational Mothers - Down Syndrome Advocacy
We can be thankful to one another for the inspiration to be the mothers our children deserve and the advocates that society demands, keeping one another reaching forward for our children and reaching back to other moms and families.
Raising Awareness About Disabilities
Many parents of newly diagnosed children who decide to raise awareness and encourage opportunities for their child and others who share the same diagnosis find that many friends, coworkers, neighbors and others already have personal experience and knowledge of childhood disabilities.
Welcome to Holland - Today and Yesterday
The wonderful essay written by Emily Perl Kingsley has been included in many wonderful anthologies and is often included in New Parent Packets for parents and professionals sharing a newborn or prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Many believe that it is as relevant today as the day it was written.
Peanut and Food Allergies or Sensitivities
Children and teens with peanut allergies or other food sensitivities face great challenges at school, visiting friends and family, and even in their own homes.
Inappropriate Comments in Inclusive Congregations
Raising a child with a developmental disability and chronic health condition has introduced me to a greater appreciation for welcoming congregations. They can unfortunately be sabotaged by certain conversations. Many of us avoid or choose not to respond to these topics when our children are present.
Adults with Down Syndrome Inspire New Moms
The success and ambition of teens and young adults with disabilities is inspiring to mothers of babies and young children with the same diagnosis. It sometimes takes that reality check to believe that our sons and daughters will be capable of much more than we imagine when dealing with 'experts'.
Choosing Inclusive Summer Camps
There may be as many kinds of summer camps available in your area specifically for children with disabilities as there are mainstream or inclusive camps. Making a decision on which camp to choose may depend as much on a philosophy of parenting as it does on location, amenities, and cost.
Newly Diagnosed with Type One Diabetes
Writing a note to the mom of a newly diagnosed son with diabetes reminded me of my own son's early days after the diagnosis.
Teaching Children to Count Coins and Bills
Children may not understand the value of coins intuitively because bigger coins like nickels and pennies are worth less than the smaller dime, and it may be difficult for them to tell nickels, quarters and dollar coins apart by size.
Finding a Welcoming Congregation
Finding an inclusive faith community that is supportive of childhood disabilities and welcoming to families of children who have special needs should not be a rare event. However, some families feel that they no longer fit in their congregations, and others may even have been encouraged to leave.
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