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Something for the Pain - Parent Comments
When reading powerful testimony of a father's love found in E.R. Doc Paul Austin's excerpt from SOMETHING FOR THE PAIN, it may take a second reading to learn something from his honesty. Comments at the Bloom site could result in a much greater outcome than drawing more lines between US and THEM.

Your Child is Too Big for a Stroller
Media personalities should acknowledge the situation of children with invisible disabilities. The animosity toward moms whose children are considered too big to ride in strollers stems from what were meant to be humorous depictions of kids in silly poses being pushed in strollers too small for them.

School Safety - Staff Should Not Carry Weapons
It is a mistake to believe that arming teachers and staff in schools will reduce school violence, increase safety, or protect the school community even in cases where the campus endures an armed attack.

Thoughts on the Sandy Hook Elementary Tragedy
Our hearts go out to those affected by the terrible events at Sandy Hook Elementary and Newtown Connecticut, especially the victims and their families, first responders and staff; and the community that has to somehow absorb the horror of that day.

Holiday Breaks and Childhood Disabilities
Parents of children with disabilities may struggle more than their mainstream peers to plan activities, schedule play dates or find childcare when school is not in session during holidays. Changes in sleep schedules and differences in daily routines can be challenging for both parents and children.

Person First Language and Down Syndrome
Parents of young children with Down syndrome may feel passionately about how they refer to their sons and daughters. Some advocate Person First Language and some feel that Down syndrome should be kept as a focus of their advocacy.

New Down Syndrome Prenatal Testing Information
There are now 2 pamphlets available for expectant parents and medical professionals addressing the non-invasive prenatal tests for Down syndrome. Questions have been raised about factual inaccuracies and unbalanced information in the newer pamphlet available from national Down syndrome organizations

Down Syndrome and Heart Issues
Children with Down syndrome have a higher incidence of heart problems and some babies require surgery within the first year of life. Due to the great strides in surgical techniques and medical support, children's heart issues can be resolved with a quicker recovery than seems possible to families.

Family Thanksgivings - Childhood Disabilities
Thanksgiving for families of children with disabilities is a lovely time to celebrate opportunities our sons and daughters find growing up appreciated and included in our neighborhoods and schools, especially if a chid has been injured, has a medical condition, or has a developmental disability.

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.

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