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Maureen used to be obsessed with baseball -- and then she had children. After she welcomed her son, Charlie, and his extra chromosome, she discovered her passion for writing about Down syndrome and disability-related issues.
With two toddlers begging for attention, Maureen recently walked away from a successful career in corporate public relations to dive into full-time parenthood and naptime writing.
You can find her weekly column, “Chasing Charlie,” on allParenting. Maureen’s blog, OperationHaveItAll.com, began as a way to chronicle a yearlong job share and has evolved into a place for honesty, advocacy -- and lots more naptime writing!
Jess Wilson didn't plan to become a beacon of hope for other parents of a child with autism. But her unfiltered blog, Diary of a Mom, has nurtured a community where support for each other is as important as embracing the nuances of life with autism. In Wilson's words, "Like = I get it."Read Full Story
When you think about who might benefit from a service dog, you might first think of a person who is visually impaired. That may be how the concept began, but today service dogs help children with all kinds of special needs, from autism to heart conditions and ADHD.Read Full Story
We're failing our children and we're doing it early. The Department of Education reports that black students represent 18 percent of preschoolers but 42 percent of students suspended once, and 48 percent of the students suspended more than once.Read Full Story
Children growing up with a sibling who has a disability may experience moments of embarrassment that are both natural and not necessarily related to the sibling's disability. But for those moments when emotions are tied to disability, veteran siblings share advice for parents to help prepare.Read Full Story
If your child has a disability, you will spend hours with strangers who seem intent on pointing out your child's flaws. It's OK. I get it. And hopefully, these tips will help you get through it. (A nice bottle of wine can't hurt, either.)Read Full Story
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