8 Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Hard to believe that in mid-July, many of us are already thinking about — and planning for — going back to school! But with more and more school districts moving to balanced calendars, gone are the days of three-month long summer vacations — at least for many families!

To help make the transition easier for you, and your child, below we’ve shared (with permission) Reading Rocket‘s TOP 8 “Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs“:

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Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts – THE BASICS

Instead of merely existing, what would your child’s life look like if he or she was truly living and experiencing the best life has to offer? Could opening an ABLE account help him or her achieve that goal?

Welcome to June and our first post in a short series of posts about Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts — otherwise known as ABLE accounts.

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Meet Julia and Michael

One of the joys of having my sister, Sarah, in my life is the ability to connect with others who share similar passions through our unique life experiences. I am always encouraged when I meet other siblings who feel just as proud of their brother or sister as I do of Sarah. Down syndrome has brought so many people into our lives—people from across the country that I wouldn’t have otherwise connected with. I’m thankful for the community of individuals that I’ve met that strive to create an abundant life for our loved ones.

I’d like to introduce you to Julia. Many of you might know her from her Instagram handle:

@beyond_the_waves_blog

If you haven’t, make sure you follow her on Instagram and check out her blog.

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A Picture of a Thousand Abilities

Have you heard of Stephanie Mullowney, founder of PaperDolls Photography? If not, let me introduce you to this amazing mother, advocate, and entrepreneur who strives daily to change society’s views on individuals with special needs. I was introduced to her recently and I am proud to now call her a friend. Continue reading “A Picture of a Thousand Abilities”

Happy Memorial Day: Commemorating those who gave their lives so that all Americans could have the opportunity to #BeImpactful

Thanks to the efforts of many individuals, organizations, and awareness campaigns, the future looks bright for individuals with special needs.

So much has changed, even within the past decade, in terms of society’s acceptance of individuals with disabilities and understanding of the reality that individuals with special needs can positively impact others—including their families, schools, communities, and businesses. Continue reading “Happy Memorial Day: Commemorating those who gave their lives so that all Americans could have the opportunity to #BeImpactful”