Here's the latest article from the Special Needs Children site at BellaOnline.com.
Fundraising and Advocacy
As we reach deep into our pockets to pay over three dollars a gallon for gas or about the same for a two percent half decaf grande iced mocha, we may be reminded that advocacy and support organizations, our own local and national groups, research funders, and other families raising children with special needs are also feeling the pinch.
Taking action to help others is an important way to build healthy and inclusive communities. If you have friends who would like to support resources that make a difference in the lives of children with special needs, here are a few I recommend. Reading about these may provide inspiration or information you need to raise funds for local outreach or advocacy efforts.
Tuck a thank you note in with any contribution you make to a worthy cause - sometimes all we have to give is money, and others contribute so much with their time. Together we are building better futures for all the children who bring us together in this community.
Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Hike for Discovery
JDRF Northwest Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Oprah's Angel Network
Please visit specialneedschildren.bellaonline.com to browse other articles and subjects concerning families raising children with disabilities, chronic health conditions or developmental delays. Have some fun posting messages or playing games at the BellaOnline.com forums, too!
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Thoughts From the Middle of the Night
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Sleep Disorders and Children with Special Needs
Music Education for Children with Special Needs
Recess Skills for Children with Special Needs
Asking More from Medical Professionals
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Grandparents of Children with Special Needs
Home Accessibility and Visitability
Welcoming Babies with Down Syndrome
Signing, Reading and Spelling
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Bipolar Disorder in Children
Fragile X Syndrome
To participate in free, fun online discussions, this site has a community forum all about families raising children with special needs, located here -
I hope to hear from you sometime soon, either in the forum or in response to this email message. I thrive on your feedback!
Feel free to pass this message along to family, friends, neighbors, advocates, medical or education staff. We are all working together to create a brighter future for children.
Pamela Wilson, Special Needs Children Editor
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