Join the Food Revolution with Jamie Oliver, Ed Sheeran, and Hugh Jackman

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Becoming a parent changed the way I ate. As a mother of a child with Down syndrome, the world morphed into a whole new way of thinking. Jamie Oliver’s got a fantastic video made with Ed Sheeran and featuring other celebrities, bringing awareness to the desperate need we have as …

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Autistic Child Kicked Off Airplane: Was She a Threat?

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A teen autistic child and her family were kicked off a United Airlines flight to Portland. The plane made an emergency landing. Officials arrived. The family escorted off. Was the girl a threat? Airline travel is glorious. Airline travel is the pits. The ability to cross the country or the …

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Burdens to Blessings: Turning the Tough into Trophies

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Instead of a burden, raising a child with special needs is a blessing. Pregnant with my second child, I knew something was different. Not one single test showed signs of Down syndrome. But, something was different. “Your son has Down syndrome,” the doctor said. “How do you know?” I asked …

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I’ve Been Adopted by a Kid with Special Needs. Woof.

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Like peas in a pod, dogs in a pack, ducks in a pond, my son and his dog get along like brothers. The relationship gives each a chance to learn to take turns, give back toys, and just hang out. Children with special needs can benefit greatly by having a …

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

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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 …

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How to Accept the Dark with the Light

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A day without darkness is a day without transformation. Having a child with special needs amplifies the mix. Everyday I must find the silver lining, or I shall find madness instead. Just when I’m feeling grand, he’ll bolt for the door and head out gleefully on his way to an …

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