Category: Disability

  • 5 Things You Should Not Say to a Special Needs Parent (and 5 Things You Should!)

    5 Things You Should Not Say to a Special Needs Parent (and 5 Things You Should!)

    One of the downsides of being a special needs mom is that we’re subjected to a variety of comments as people see fit. Some are well-intended (but still kick us in the gut) and some are downright thoughtless. Every parent has their own hot buttons. Here’s my version of “5 Things You Should Not Say […]

  • 7 Reasons to Consider Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs

    7 Reasons to Consider Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs

    Have you ever thought about homeschooling your child with special needs? Here are 7 reasons to seriously think about the benefits that homeschooling can offer your child. A Real Individual Education Plan Homeschooling allows you to tailor your child’s education according to his/her learning style and allows you to spend more time addressing the areas […]

  • 30 Things about Dystonia You May Not Know

    30 Things about Dystonia You May Not Know

    (This post was originally published last year for Invisible Illness Week 2013.  I’ve made a few updates and am republishing for the 2014 Invisible Illness campaign. Please visit Invisible Illness Week for more information about this wonderful advocacy effort.) 1. The illness I live with is: Cervical Dystonia 2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2010 […]

  • New Series: 31 Days of Self Care for Special Needs Moms

    New Series: 31 Days of Self Care for Special Needs Moms

    Where Have I Been? As my regular readers may have noticed, it was a busy summer and I took some time out to think about the direction of this blog. My heart has always been to encourage special needs moms and those impacted by chronic illness or disability themselves. Still, sometimes I didn’t know what […]

  • Summer Survival Plan for Kids with Special Needs

    Summer Survival Plan for Kids with Special Needs

    Here in Florida, schools let out on Tuesday for that long, long break until the third week of August. The month of May, chaotic on any given year was even more so with two of my kids graduating college and high school. Plus multiple end-of-the-school-year festivities. Plus three root canals (I was too far gone […]

  • Special Needs Kids and Summer Camp

    Special Needs Kids and Summer Camp

    Yesterday we dropped Nicman off at summer camp. It’s his third year at this particular camp. He always has a blast. His smile is so infectious that he was featured in a local newspaper as well as on the camp website. I’m always so touched by the staff and counselors who are willing to be a […]

  • Is Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs Right for Your Family?

    Is Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs Right for Your Family?

    In my last post, I talked about 7 compelling reasons that homeschooling your child with special needs might be a good choice for your family. However, it is important to count the cost and consider the unique factors of your family that as you make this important decision. Finances – Are you going from a dual […]

  • Single Parenting and Special Needs Children

    Single Parenting and Special Needs Children

    The following is a guest post by Faydra Koenig, MA who is a mental health professional, author, speaker, podcaster and certified life coach. (note from Marya) As a Christian, I am not pro-divorce and believe that wherever possible every possible effort should be made to heal marital difficulties. However, as a second wife myself I recognize that every […]

  • Disney/Disneyworld Discontinues Guest Assistance Card for Special Needs Families

    Disney/Disneyworld Discontinues Guest Assistance Card for Special Needs Families

    In the interest of disclosure, I have not been to Disney in close to 20 years even though I live about 70 miles away, mostly due to finances but also because the logistics of navigating our family’s health in a theme park is a little overwhelming to try to implement. I am dismayed about the […]

  • Why Special Needs Parents and Advocates Should Use Twitter

    Why Special Needs Parents and Advocates Should Use Twitter

    The events this year surrounding the untimely and most unjust circumstances of Robert Ethan Saylor really got me thinking that there should be more of us using a social media platform for advocacy. A few of us tried in vain to tag notable people like Sarah Palin, George Will, Jamie Foxx and others with family […]