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Family Emergency Preparedness with Special Needs

Family Emergency Preparedness with Special Needs

All parents are natural planners. As the parent of a child with a disability and a professional who assists communities and emergency planners with inclusive emergency plans, I know how much more critical emergency planning is for individuals with disabilities.   My daughter has the Angelman syndrome, a rare condition that limits her independence. I’m… Continue Reading

Sensory Weighted Blanket and Miracle Cape Created with Love

Sensory Weighted Blanket and Miracle Cape Created with Love

Sit down for a cup of coffee with Marna Pacheco, and she’ll tell you that grocery shopping can be tough. But it’s not the weekly scavenger hunt for this obscure ingredient or that hard-to-find brand that makes food-finding missions tough. It’s a combination of things, in fact. For starters, Pacheco’s 11-year-old daughter, Millie, often acts… Continue Reading

Special Needs Kids Won’t Miss Out with the National Inclusion Project

Special Needs Kids Won’t Miss Out with the National Inclusion Project

The National Inclusion Project has created a model that builds inclusive friendships for all children, called the Science of Friendship Method.  The Science of Friendship Method is a step-by-step guide, which helps adults help children of all abilities make connections and build friendships. The desire to connect with others is a basic human one, but… Continue Reading

The Best Board Games for Kids with Autism and their Benefits

The Best Board Games for Kids with Autism and their Benefits

For a parent, it can seem overwhelming when a child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  There are a myriad of conditions that affect children in so many different ways — some children have trouble with communication and concentration while others struggle with repetitive behavior and can be extremely sensitive to touch, certain sounds,… Continue Reading