Disabilities Library

  • Special Occasions and Special Needs Kids
    Here come the holidays. For many parents with special needs kids, here comes more stress. No matter how many times you have tried to explain the special needs of your special child, the extended family, ...
  • Future Planning for Your Intellectually Disabled Adult Child
    If you are in your mid to late 50s or older and have an intellectually disabled adult child living at home, you are part of the first generation whose disabled kids may well outlive them. ...
  • When A Sibling Is Disabled
    The college-age daughter of a friend of mine once told me how, when she was growing up, she was jealous of the extra attention that her twin brother got from their parents. She was angry ...
  • Encouraging the Special Interests of Kids with Special Needs
    It’s hard to know with any child when to say no, when to say yes, how much to push or set limits, or when to let him or her try to take flight, knowing he ...
  • Grandparenting a Disabled Child
    Grandparenting is a delicious second chance for nurturing a child. Chances are you looked forward to using hard-won lessons from your experience as a parent to do it better this time. Chances are you looked ...
  • How to Help Someone Suffering from a Chronic Illness
    If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer or a life-threatening disease, you may feel desperate and completely helpless. But it doesn't have to be that way. Research has shown us that family and friends can ...
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Serious Illness
    People often have questions about serious illness and what can be done to help a person emotionally when they are coping with a serious medical condition. Here are some answers. Q. How important is it to ...
  • Coping with Chronic Illness
    There are many types of chronic illness, from diabetes and AIDS to arthritis and persistent fatigue. While medical science has made great strides in developing effective treatments for the physical effects of these diseases, many ...
  • Finding Balance: Family Therapy Can Help
    Kathy and Will (not their real names) have been married eight years and are the parents of 3-year-old Addy. Kathy is seven months pregnant and scared. She and Will have been fighting a lot lately ...
  • Housing Options for the Disabled
    Some disabled people in the US are eligible for financial assistance with housing, and for housing preference programs through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, such as the Section 8 grant program. Section 8 is ...
  • Asperger’s Disorder
    Asperger's Disorder is the term for a specific type of pervasive developmental disorder which is characterized by problems in development of social skills and behavior. In the past, many children with Asperger's Disorder were diagnosed ...
  • Dyslexia: Improving Reading and Writing Skills
    How can a person improve their reading and writing skills when they have dyslexia? The following tips may be of help: Try using a computer when you write things. Programs such as Microsoft Word fix spelling ...
  • Cerebral Palsy Rate Beginning To Fall
    Recent figures suggest that the rate of babies born with cerebral palsy — steady for the last 60 years — may be falling. Cerebral palsy is a nonprogressive disorder of movement or posture. Since 1997, its ...
  • Eliminating the Stigma of Mental Illness
    Physical illness is considered normal. Someone could have and recover from a physical illness and no one really cares, as long as the person gets to feeling better. However, the mentally ill are ...
  • Chronic Illness, Balance, and the World Wide Web
    Like so many of you, I live with chronic illnesses that have restricted my life. From first-hand experience, I know that, when you become physically ill, you do not also become emotionally or intellectually ill. ...
  • Embracing the Challenge of Life with Epilepsy
    This article is not about epilepsy per se. It is instead about the challenges that people with epilepsy and their families successfully manage each and every day. For the record, epilepsy is not a mental illness. ...
  • Married with Disabled Children
    Can this marriage survive? It’s a question many of us ask as we try to juggle the care of a disabled child, the needs of our other children, and, oh yes, the relationship to that ...
  • A Parent’s Guide To Protecting Kids with Intellectual Disabilities from Sexual Abuse
    It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. Depending on the study, it is estimated that from 60 to 90 percent of women with an intellectual disability will be sexually exploited or abused in the course of their ...
  • Mental Retardation and Mental Illness
    It’s one of my pet peeves. “He’s having behaviors,” says the new teacher. Argh! I hate that phrase. Of course he’s “having behaviors.” We all have behaviors. When we stop having behaviors, we’re ...
  • When the New Baby Has Special Needs
    “It was the silence that told me,” reports one young mother. “We were in the delivery room in the final stage. My husband was holding me and I was pushing and everyone was so excited ...
  • Taking Care of the “Other Kids:” A Friendly Reminder for Parents of Disabled and Non-disabled Kids
    Lately — finally — stories about the challenges of being a sibling to a child with mental retardation or mental illness are emerging in the press. With that increased visibility has come a dawning cultural ...

 

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