While we are dedicated to achieving better outcomes for all special needs kids at snkids.org, I personally believe that society often puts mental health in a different category of need and concern than other special needs.  This statement is admittedly biased and is based solely upon my own personal experience with my child with special…

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Andrea Lausell is a 25 year old Disabled Latina. She creates content on Disability Rights (primary Spina Bifida), but also incorporates her creative side in all her projects. https://www.youtube.com/user/AndreaLausell/featured

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I only recently started thinking about “inclusion” as the opposite of “exclusion.” I am not sure why this did not occur to me before.  Perhaps it was because “inclusion” is something that we talk about in the context of classrooms, as a strategy, as a definition we place on programming. Senta Greene offers an explanation…

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When I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 18 months old, the consultant gave my mother a very blunt prognosis: I wouldn’t be able to walk, talk or feed myself. None of this fazed my mother, who has without a doubt been my champion ever since I entered the world three months early, weighing 3…

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We began the SNKIDS.ORG journey in December 2017 with a goal of Better Outcomes for all Special Needs Kids through steadfast advocacy for political and systems improvement. We now TWO years old and we are celebrating our accomplishments to date & looking forward to 2020! In 2019, we: completion of Special Education Attorney Training by Chelsea Bonini,…

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It has been almost 2 months since my son was diagnosed with autism.* I’ve met a number of helpful and supportive people. Committed social workers. Inspired teachers. Skilled therapists. Great doctors. But the absolutely most confidence inspiring thing has been the Special Needs Moms. I’ve started meeting some other special needs kids a couple of…

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I’m a very private person usually, not the kind of person you’d meet who hangs my life out on the proverbial ‘clothesline’ of life for others to examine. But there are sometimes in life, when it’s necessary to talk about your journey, as hard as it may be, so that others can benefit from it.…

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Statement to the San Mateo Foster City School Board on 19 April 2018. Thank you again for making this resolution for Autism Awareness month for 2018. I would like to take a couple of minutes to share with you what autism is like (at least as one parent). The cliché is that “every autistic child…

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My 7 year old daughter is in a Special Education Special Day Class (a class solely for special education students). Her class plays on the same playground at the same time as the general education students everyday. She asked me recently, “Why are the other kids on the playground afraid of me?” I was lost…

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WARNING – NSFW RANT ALERT: I help pay for your heart attack. I help pay for your diabetes. I help pay for your car accidents. Heck, I even help pay for your Viagra(TM). That is what insurance is about. Shared risk. Shared benefits. Civilization. But, if your kid (or my kid) has autism (or many…

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