Tuesday Love Letter: An Open Letter To My Husband, by Rachel Fusselman

Preface: Every Tuesday, I write a love letter to my husband, Stephen. It ranges from long paragraphs to heartfelt one-sentencers to angry rants, goofy poems, and one-worded tense messages. For the most part, these weekly emails are sweet and reflect the health of our marriage. This week, I’m sharing my letter from Tuesday, March 15…

A Normal Life? My Son’s Journey With Autistic Self-Awareness, by Rachel Fusselman

“I believe your son has autism.” I was so busy wrestling kids in the pediatrician’s office that day that the words didn’t sink in. I didn’t even know what autism was. I do remember, however, the first thought that popped into my head was, “Will my son lead a normal life?” Fast forward years later,…

What Can Zechariah’s Silence Teach Me As a Special Needs Mom?, by Andi Sligh

I traveled with my daughter this past weekend for her to compete in a wheelchair tennis tournament. After years of swimming (and other sports) with able-bodied kids and teens, she’s found a sport that fits with her competitive spirit, keeps her body in strong physical shape, and connects her with others who, like her, live…

Give the Gift of Grace to Special Needs Parents this Christmas, by David and Mercedes Rizzo

Christmas can be a stressful time for families with children with special needs. Routines are often changed, visitors arrive and suddenly there is a tree growing out of your living-room floor. Add to that shopping and parties and the true meaning of Christmas can be lost in all the busyness. Our children have always looked…

What You Need to Know About Special Needs Families In Quarantine, And How You Can Help Them

As states across the U.S. figure out how and when to open up following weeks of COVID-19 induced quarantine, special needs families are struggling behind closed doors in unique ways, and will continue to do so, long after their friends with typically developing children return to a somewhat normal life. As the mother of two…