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Managing Rude Adults Who Insult Our Kids
Although most people have been taught that confrontational remarks are inappropriate on social occasions, speaking the truth in the face of a terrible lie is something parents are meant to do. We can't find the right words to speak out against prejudice, discrimination, and ridiculous stereotypes.

Father and Child Relationships - Disabilities
Every relationship between a father and a child with a disability is unique. It is difficult to predict how each relationship will develop over time. Differences between sibling relationships with their father may be related more to the age, interest and personality of the child than any diagnosis.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD
Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have difficulty managing impulses and distractions, resulting in unintentional behavior. They benefit from support and accommodations to help them focus, attend to tasks, reduce or avoid meltdowns, and channel their extraordinary energy.

Ableist Arrogance at a Candy Store
An unexpected opportunity to be a gladiator advocate at a candy store found me unprepared to respond when a store employee singled out my son for humiliation. Stunned and confused, I said nothing. Identifying as an ambassador rather than an activist left my son vulnerable as a customer. Never again.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech - CAS
Children with verbal apraxia have a diverse set of speech and communication challenges that make it almost impossible for them to speak clearly without specific help with motor planning and other issues. They deserve community support, interested listeners, and alternative ways to communicate.

Articles about Down Syndrome - Then and Now
With a greater online audience for articles and interviews about the potential and accomplishments of children and teens with Down syndrome, there is also a higher incidence of negative comment and ignorant prejudice expressed that can distract us from advocacy and awareness messages.

Boston Marathon Attack and Disabilities
Our sympathies are with those affected by the terrible events at the Boston Marathon, especially families of those who were injured or killed.

The IEP Spectrum
Understanding the spectrum of experiences possible when students qualify for an IEP helps prepare parents to be strong advocates no matter what challenges they experience with school administrators, teachers or staff. It is better to hold on to high expectations and fall short than to give up.

School Bus Safety Precautions
Mothers of young, non-verbal students seek to reduce the risk of their children being left at the wrong stop; or overlooked and forgotten by transportation and school personnel when asleep. Children may endure hours in extreme temperatures, or find their way off the bus and wander unsupervised.

Civil Rights, Prejudice and Disabilities
Parents of newly diagnosed babies or young children may assume that staff and volunteers at EICs. schools and community have the training or experience to dispel prejudice, and implement best practices while interacting with children and teens. Some pay a terrible price to learn never to assume.

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