The Exceptional Parent

Exceptional Parent is a magazine providing practical information and guidance to parents of children and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. It was founded in 1971 and is published monthly by Psy-Ed Corp.Subjects include disabilities. The editor in chief is Rick Rader.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 11, November

ACE: Accessible Child-Focused Education: Helping Children ACE School
"... The word 'ace' comes from the Old French word 'as' (from Latin 'as') meaning 'a unit.' It originally meant the side of a die with only one mark, before it was a term for a playing card. Since this was the lowest roll of the die, it traditionally...
A Life That Made a Difference John Mark Stallings: June 11, 1962-August 2, 2008
At a speaking engagement in Chattanooga, TN in January of this year, Coach Gene Stallings spoke with warmth and emotion about his son Johnny, proudly relating to the crowd stories of what an impact his son has had on his life, the life of his family,...
An Avid Sportsman
Motivator and comforter, 19-year-old Justin Frampton has the ability to make others see the possibilities in life--consoling his family, supporting his friends, and pumping up his teammates. "He's the one going through all the hardships, yet he's always...
Angels Hidden among Us
The Christopher Douglas Hidden Angel Foundation I have always believed that there are angels among us, and this organization proves it. The Christopher Douglas Hidden Angel Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes multi sensory environment....
A Rose Is a Rose ... What It Means to Have a "Disability"
We often say that the word "disability" means different things in different contexts. Disabilities can be physical in nature, cognitive, or some combination thereof. Some individuals with disabilities have guardians; some don't. Some receive means-tested...
A Tribute to Waiting Room Moms Everywhere
In my life, a few women really get me. Women who have seen me at my most hopeful and most devastated. Women paled by lack of sleep and bad fluorescent lighting. Women whose last names, and sometimes first names, I don't know. I call them Waiting...
Caring at the End of Life
Each life and each death is a profound event, or no life--not a single life ever--Was of any consequence. Everything matters or nothing has mattered. --Burton Blatt, 1973 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Dying and death have become more and more complicated...
Eight Steps to Future Care Planning for a Loved One with Special Needs
A child with disabilities requires special care now and in the future, but because there is so much to handle in the here and now, many parents and caregivers put off proper planning. They say, "I'll do it tomorrow," and before you know it many "tomorrows"...
From Mid-Life and Beyond: Planning Strategies for Individuals with Special Needs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Many articles in EP explore special needs trusts and the wonderful benefits that they provide to both parents and individuals with special needs who are on government benefits. When a parent leaves an inheritance over $2,000...
Inclusion in the Microsoft Workforce
Since 1975, Microsoft has been a worldwide leader in software, services, and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Loren Mikola, the Disability Inclusion Program Manager at Microsoft, ensures that this technology also...
Keeping Pace: Fed Up with a Lack of Stylish, Properly-Fitting Shoes for Their Children with Cerebral Palsy, Two Tough Moms Team Up to Start Their Own Company
For years, Lori Watson struggled to find shoes that would fit over her son's leg braces but with no luck. And since Will's AFOs (ankle-foot orthotics) grew bulkier as he got older, things only got worse. Determined to find a solution, Watson tried...
Life Insurance-A Versatile Tool for Financial Planning
Life insurance has long been a common tool in financial planning, even in the simplest strategies. For example, a young couple might purchase life insurance policies to pay off the mortgage on their new home if one of them should die before the debt...
Living with Epilepsy Not around It
Kevin Eggers is a 19-year-old college student from Seattle, WA who was diagnosed with epilepsy three years ago but hasn't let it prevent him from accomplishing his goals. As an Epilepsy Advocate, Kevin helps other teens and young adults realize that...
Navigating Your Child's School System with or without an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Accommodations: In This 10-Part Series, EP Explores Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Considering how much time a child spends in school and how much influence the school has on a child's future, success for students with ADHD must include your child's school. An important step in navigating your child's school system with or without...
Need to Develop Physical Fitness? Head for the Pool: In This 12-Part Series, EP Explores the Benefits of Aquatics Therapy and Recreation for People with Special Needs
Swimming pools aren't just for swimming! Because any and all movements done while immersed in water are accomplished against the resistance of the fluid, activity in water not only builds strength and endurance, but also, over time, will increase flexibility...
Now If We Just Had Some Evidence
The beauty of EP magazine is that despite the multitude of disorders, disabilities, and diseases that are reflected in the realm of acquired or inherited challenges, one experience has been universally shared by parents. At one time or another, they...
Plant the Seeds of Success for Your Child's Post-Secondary Education
"Bloom where you are planted" is sage advice that parents have passed down through the ages to their children. It is especially wise counsel for the military child who faces new environments on a regular basis. But in today's complicated, fast-moving...
R&R-Return and Reunion
In the September edition of Exceptional Parent magazine, I wrote the article, "Coming Home Different." That particular article was geared toward teens of returning soldiers, suggesting tips to make the transition easier for you, your parents, and your...
Sleep Disturbances: A Common and Challenging Symptom of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EP continues its exploration of the effects of combat on servicemembers who have returned home and are attempting to cope with traumatic experiences while reintegrating into the daily life of family, community, and work. This...
The 7 Wonders of the World of Disabilities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I'm sure you saw the coverage in 2007--everywhere from USA Today to National Geographic. The New 7 Wonders of the World organization announced a shiny new list of the world's premier candidates. (For more information, visit...
The Birthday Party
I'll never know whether my son Spenser, who has Sotos syndrome, was excluded from that birthday party, but I'll clue you in on how I decided to handle similar situations in the future. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although the spectrum of abilities...
The Politics of Paralysis
Before I became injured, I never gave too much thought to the signs for those with disabilities that I saw spread throughout society. The blue signs with the outline of an individual in a wheelchair were easy enough to spot in parking lots and on bathroom...
Transitioning into Elementary School: Your Child's New Teacher
By the end of pre-school, most parents have already experienced both "the good" and "the bad" when it comes to their child's teachers. For parents of children with special needs, concerns about this issue can be exacerbated, and the beginning of the...
VMI Introduces the 2008 Chrysler/Dodge Wheelchair Accessible Minivan
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] VMI recently announced that it has begun sales of the wheelchair accessible 2008 Chrysler and Dodge minivan. VMI has passed all state and federal requirements for safety and emissions and has been producing on a limited basis...
What to Do When Your Child Turns 18
As any parent of an adolescent knows, a child's transition into adulthood presents extraordinary opportunities for growth, reflection, and responsibility. The child with special needs faces all of these changes along with the added challenges brought...
Women Dentists and Women with Disabilities
Should women dentists be more concerned than male healthcare providers that better than one-in-five women in the United States are living with disabilities. The statistics show that there are 30 million women and girls with disabilities, and this number...
Wounded Warriors and Civilian Communities: It Is Everyone's Responsibility
As more and more severely wounded servicemembers return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the challenge of caring for these individuals and their families has become increasingly taxing for the existing Department of Defense (DoD) and Department...
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