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Strange Families and Childhood Disabilities
Studies of families who include a child with a disability show them to be fairly ordinary, even though inspirational stories may describe them as extraordinary. There is anecdotal evidence that many families raising children with multiple disabilities or chronic health concerns are somewhat strange.
Strangers Observing My Son with Down Syndrome
People in public who stare at children with Down syndrome without smiling or greeting them can make parents uncomfortable or angry. When my son was younger, I decided to approach strangers who stopped to watch him, and discovered that there are many stories out there in the world I do not know.
Strollers, Walkers and Wheelchairs for Children
Finding strollers, walkers and wheelchairs for children with mobility problems is a challenge for families whose children depend on the freedom and opportunity to get around on their own that assistive equipment may provide
Subtle Design Features and Disability Awareness
Sometimes what seems like a thoughtless design incorporating a disability awareness message or function is misinterpreted by those who have not thought out the actual challenges that a person with that disability experiences or assumes the person with a disability has limits they do not experience.
Summer Activities, Traditions and Escapes
There are creative and fun ways to create new traditions in families of children with developmental disabilities, chronic health condtions, or other special needs. Activities perfect for a summer day may be traditional events and pastimes or casual escapes from the ordinary. Have fun out there!
Summer Car Safety for Children
Summer safety issues include the dangers of cars and weather. Never leave a child alone in or near a car; something as simple as keeping a teddy bear in your child's car seat, or tying a ribbon on your antenna, can save the life of the child you love.
Summer Learning and Childhood Disability
Summer learning opportunities can pop up in unexpected places for children with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special needs. Our children may benefit from neighborhood play, extended school year classes, summer camp, parks department programs or respite and daycare.
Sunblocking Clothing and Laundry Rinses
Using clothing or a laundry additive as a sunblock has been in the news recently - especially for those who donīt reapply sunblock lotion every two hours, or those who have had skin cancer
Supported Housing Options and Caregiver Choices
Families of teens with disabilities transitioning to adulthood have many questions about housing options and caregiver support for their sons and daughters throughout adulthood. Some questions could best be answered by adults with disabilities who have had experience hiring and managing caregivers.
Surgery and Children with Diabetes
Children with type one diabetes who are scheduled for surgery have special needs before hosptial admittance, during surgery, recovery, and in aftercare that have been thoughtfully predicted by pediatric endocrinologists, surgeons and anesthesiologists at many childrenīs hospitals and medical centers
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