Teaching our kids to self-advocate

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”   Eleanor Roosevelt ...more

Adventures in Advocacy

Working on getting my new blog off the ground. The main focus of the blog is assisting families that have kids with disabilities. My oldest has Down's syndrome and type I diabetes, and I also have a set of twins that were 7 weeks premature.I look forward to learning from you and sharing my experiences.Luz Adriana Martinez...more

On Being Bethany's Mom

It’s been both an incredible honor and an amazing privilege being Bethany’s mom!I have been obliged to hang on tight and go along for the worst, best, and certainly, the wildest ride of my lifetime!...more

Autism Mom: I'm with You

I'm not an autism mom but that doesn't mean I don't get it. I get it. The world and everything in it has to be okay for all of us - the halt and the lame, as a professor of mine used to say. And I count myself in that fine company, the company of the halt and the lame, my blessed hearing disability that has me twirling in confusion at the boarding instructions, asking total strangers to mouth the words SHE CALLED GROUP THREE to me....more
Hi, Jan, I totally agree that there needs to be more training regarding autism.  I also agree ...more


Handicapped parking is a touchy subject all the way around.  The number of spaces that must be provided is mandated by law, but depending on where you live and what your business is, this may be an inadequate number or it may give you too many underused spaces....more

Writing in Reverse

“If you can’t believe in miracles, then believe in yourself. When you want something bad enough, let that drive push you to make it happen. Sometimes you’ll run into brick walls that are put there to test you. Find a way around them and stay focused on your dream. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” ...more

Can our greatest teachers be Persons born with Disabilities?

So many people are sad and have lost their ability to find the simple joys in life. My Mom is one of those people and as she has aged she has become more and more negative and sad. She has always been the half-empty type person but when we lost my Dad last year her filters went with him. ...more

How do you define Happiness?

Happiness can be elusive and many people struggle with happiness.  As we move through the different stages in our life we have the opportunity to redefine our personal definition of happiness.  How do you define happiness?  Is happiness a form of contentment, safety or joy?  Or is it more complicated and a combination of many things?  I find that I am defining happiness differently as I walk through my life....more

6 ways to parent a toddler

As Jason is more mobile and entering into walking, I need to step up my game. Like every baby his age, he wants to and should explore the world. However, the world isn't the safest place all of the time.  ...more

Grandpas (or why we love Grumpy Old Men)

Back in first grade, my boy was given a writing prompt that asked, "How Do You Have Fun With Your Grandparents?"And he wrote:"I play wii with my grandpa. I beat him every time because he is a handicap."We laughed. It's okay to laugh. It's a funny sentence.My boy is very competitive.He is also a bit too young to understand the important lexical and connotational differences between someone having a handicap and someone being a handicap....more