Top 5 States With the Best Services for the Disabled.

Having a daughter with multiple disabilities, I am always interested in seeing how my state ranks in services for the disabled compared to others.It's easy to find this information thanks to the United Cerebral Palsy Organization who researches and compiles a list ranking each state for how good its services for the disabled are. ...more

Caregivers For Special Kids

There is always so much talk about how Mom’s need to care for themselves so that they are able to care for their children.  When you Google “Secrets of a Happy Mom” you come up with everything ranging from new moms to moms of teenagers, and all the ways one can find happiness in those roles of parenting.They all have a common theme running through.  Mom’s need personal time, exercise, time alone with a husband or significant other, etc. to be a whole person before anything else.  ...more

Another Day

d.a.marulloI wasn't expecting to have a child, definitely not a child with special needs. But I did, indeed, have a beautiful little girl with Down Syndrome. That was 12 years ago. Today I write about her and how to deal, everyday, in a world that doesn't understand. I teach, I advocate, I survive while caring for a child in a world that needs more advocates and more understanding. Parents who deal everyday have stories that need telling. Stories about love, dedication and survival. We can teach while we do and do while we teach....more

About Me

My name is Mo and I am a mom. Not just a mom, but a mom four times over. Not just a mom four times over, but a mom raising kids with disabilities. Have I mentioned that my kids range in age from 14 to 2? Have I mentioned that my family recently moved from the Pacific Northwest to the middle of the country? I haven't?...more

Everyone needs a little “fairy dust”

Harassing my co-workers for their paper towel rolls for a project this week, made me think about the reasons I don’t buy paper towels myself. This then led me to think about all of the other things I don’t buy, have to hide or make adjustments to, around the house....more

Being an Expert in Parenting Kids With Disabilities Means Listening, Too

I always avoided American Idol-like reality competitions, because I am a gummi-hearted sort who can't bear to witness mean people publicly humiliating earnest amateurs. ...more
Just to be clear -- autism is not a mental disorder. Many things in the DSM are not mental ...more

File under: “Rules I thought I would never have to make”

As promised in “Looking Handsome in the Princess Room”, here is the story about the next time DC met Snow White.Right around this time last year we decided to go on a Disney Cruise. DC as you can imagine, was very excited. He loved the cruise, the shows, the mountain of bacon he tried to sneak every morning and of course, the characters on board, specifically the Princesses....more

How to Get Out of My Special Head and Spring Ahead Instead

Spinning. That's what the brain does after a while. Managing the role of a parent spins one immediately into fears/responsibilities/decisions/actions and the result is an exhausted human with no option other than to scream, hold up a white flag, and collapse with a large tub of ice cream on the couch and settle into a long, well-deserved (possibly rationalized) escape for all the above. ...more

I Was Late To Work Today Because My Son Has Autism

 I was late to work today....more
Vic_kies Yeah, I'm really lucky in that!more