At Exceptional Lives (or as we call ourselves, ELI) we all have credentials. We have experience, both lived and academic. We have gained experience in various professional disciplines. But that’s less interesting to me. I want to tell you what I see: I see our executive director stepping away from her desk, no matter the […]
Caring for a child with a disability can be a fulfilling experience. It can also be challenging and stressful. Caregivers and parents sometimes forget to take care of themselves as much as they care for their children.
A new diagnosis of autism brings up new questions. Now what? Read one mom’s experience finding community and learning to celebrate our unique selves.
Planning for your adult child with disabilities involves thinking about how she or he can live their best full life in the community. If your child needs both a place to live and daily support, they have options.
That’s what happened in my family. Our son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was late to crawl and we noticed he had a clear preference for one side of his body. My husband asked me one night, “Does he always have his right hand fisted while he’s crawling?” I quickly said, “No” and […]
You’ve likely heard lots of new terms at your child’s IEP, 504, or Transition meetings. It is hard to keep them all straight!
Whether your child is just finishing up the school year or beginning to anticipate the start of a new grade, the IEP has likely crossed your mind. As one of our Exceptional Lives’ users shared with us, entering an IEP meeting can be very intimidating to say the least. Whether are just learning about what […]
Last year, I sat next to an older man on a plane. We kept to ourselves for most of the flight, but as we started to make our descent, we picked up easy conversation. It was my first time to Louisiana and I was curious and excited to see a different part of the country. […]