Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

kidABILITY: A Special Place for Special Needs

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

kidABILITY: A Special Place for Special Needs

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Solid business ideas can be motivated by strong personal needs and beliefs. kidABILITY is a special store for special needs kids. As Lisa Pawelkiewicz, the founder of the store explains, "parents reading this magazine have experienced the frustration, inconvenience, and difficulties of providing for their children with special needs. Most parents do not have a problem finding clothing, shoes and toys for their children. Shopping for them is easy -- malls and stores are everywhere."

Pawellkiewicz is the mother of six children. Three were premature and one has cerebral palsy. In searching for information about preemies and cerebral palsy, Pawellkiewicz found very little "Parent Friendly" services.

"Everything was so clinical. As much as the medical providers wanted to help, it seemed like we spoke a different language." says Pawellkiewicz. "Libraries were not current. Bookstores had limited choices. As the holidays approached, I started looking for toys that would help my son develop skills and his self-esteem. Not one store had products that were suitably designed for children with disabilities. Aisles that are impassable with a wheelchair, dressing rooms that are too small, sales personnel that are clueless as to our needs -- there must be a better way, I thought."

It was at that point that she decided to open a store that would have products for children with special needs. kidABILITY would be a place for parents and caregivers to come with their questions and concerns. …

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