Most people have 5 years to prepare for their child to enter kindergarten. If your child needs special education, you are thrown into the school system when your child is only 3. What should you expect, and how can you prepare?
Having another baby after having a child with special health care needs is a huge decision. Each person needs to focus on what is best for their families and not what everyone else thinks. The only people that matter when making that choice is you and your partner.
I realize that while I may be an educated parent, I can always learn something new to help my son and other families navigate the world of disabilities. I have learned so much in an online course called "Partners in Policymaking."
All parents play an important role as their child’s advocate. For parents of children with disabilities, this role may last a lifetime. Yet it is also about giving your child the support they need to make their own choices.
I love my twin brother James more than I can put into words. Being a sibling to someone with a disability has been so incredibly eye-opening. It’s been a roller coaster sometimes. I know I am just as important to him as he is to me, and our relationship supports us both.