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Incessantly Crying Babies: Colic and Purple Crying
New parents of young babies may be overwhelmed by incessant crying just at the time when it is least likely that they can find out what works to soothe their child. Adult sleep deprivation and the changes a baby introduces into the household can make dealing with the 'purple stage' difficult.

Transportation Options - Childhood Disabilities
Availability of transportation to early intervention, therapy, and doctors appointments for babies and young children with disabilities or developmental delays has a significant impact on opportunities they find in early childhood.

Work, Wages, and Down Syndrome
A serious topic of President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address was income inequality. Healthy adults with college degrees are struggling in jobs with unlivable minimum wages, and it is crucial that adults with Down syndrome find employment with livable wages to enjoy independent living

Advocate Moms and Quarterback Amnesia
Just as football quarterbacks have to forget an interception or other unfortunate outcome to continue on to a big win, moms who advocate in the best interests of their children may need to employ serial amnesia to put aside setbacks in the moment and create the best possible opportunities every day.

Car Travel Meltdowns - Babies and Toddlers
Babies and toddlers with disabilities have a slightly higher incidence of back-seat, car-seat, and other car travel meltdowns than their mainstream peers. Transition, sensory issues, discomfort and panic can cause distress leading to habitual avoidance of travel for children with many appointments.

Parental Stress, Abuse, and Intervention
Mothers under stress may need immediate, nonjudgmental and effective help from other moms who understand how easily even the most organized and loving women may sometimes feel unprepared and overwhelmed by circumstances or an unfortunate series of events.

Early Intervention in Underserved Areas
Families of babies and young children with disabilities in rural and remote areas may not be aware of or have access to early intervention strategies or educational support that encourages and accommodates their child with special needs.

Accessible Designs for Schools
The most popular designs for public schools may already be outdated while school districts are promoting buildings that have few if any elements of universal design. They rarely consider the need for accessibility by those with mobility challenges who work, volunteer or are educated in schools.

TASH Conventions and Childhood Disabilities
Attending a TASH Convention in San Francisco changed the way I advocated for my son, and changed the way he saw himself as an advocate and citizen of the world. Reports from the 2013 TASH convention in Chicago assure me that people with disabilities will continue moving forward to full civil rights.

Down Syndrome - Parent to Parent Contact
Families of babies newly diagnosed with Down syndrome may not have access to information or encouragement until their babies enroll in early intervention services and may be on wait lists. Parent groups rely on volunteers to put together info packets or welcome baskets and make hospital visits.

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