I have always been disabled, I never knew life any other way. I entered the world with a bang. Which is not surprising, since my due date was July 4th! However, my actual birth occurred on April 8th! I came in at 2lbs 13oz. Due to my size and underdeveloped body, I was unable to effectively fight a staph infection and brain damage was the result.
Written by: Phillip C. Clark, Founder & President, ENABLE Special Needs Planning
In today’s culture, images and stories of success are at our fingertips 24/7 through social media. It’s easy to get caught up in comparing ourselves to others.
On the one hand, social media can be a source of inspiration and motivation, showing us pictures of other people succeeding in areas in which we aspire to be successful, too. On the other hand, we could look at those same photos, and feel like we don’t measure up…and we never will.Continue reading “Special Needs Planning: How Should We Measure Success?”
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.
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:
If you haven’t, make sure you follow her on Instagram and check out her blog.
A few weeks ago, I was able to Continue reading “Meet Julia and Michael”
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”