Perspectives For Parents:
Advice & Support from Parents & Caregivers
Advocating for a Child with Mobility Challenges: Mom know best. Meet Kisha and Kirsten
August 29, 2023
Becoming a 19 year old single parent of a child with a disability was a challenge that Kisha was not prepared for, but she quickly adapted to support her daughter’s needs. In this Families and Stories interview, Kisha emphasizes the importance of taking the time to learn to effectively communicate with medical professionals and balancing…Read more
Why parent-teacher relationships are important
July 25, 2023
Parent-teacher meetings are more than just routine gatherings; they form an important connection between parents and educators working to shape a child's academic journey. Learn three reasons why in this short video.Read more
Becoming a parent advocate for Special Education | Meet Shubha and A: Finding a Way or Making One
June 28, 2023
Meet Shubha Balabaer, a parent advocate for special education and a Canadian residing in Brooklyn with their partner, toddler, and cat. Shubha's life is a delicate balance between their role as the Director of Operations for a non-profit organization and the demanding responsibilities of caring and advocating for their autistic child. Every day, Shubha needs…Read more
Early Intervention in Autism | Meet Neda and Mason: You know your child best
May 5, 2023
Neda knew what to look for in her child’s development. Here’s how she decided early intervention in autism was the best choice for her son.Read more
Polymicrogyria Success Stories: Meet Rob and Schuyler | Navigating Developmental Disabilities
May 5, 2023
Schuyler and her father worked together to advocate for her independence. Together, they are a Polymicrogyria success story.Read more
Autism and Social Interaction: Meet Johnny and Jonathan | Mastering Independence for Young Adults with Disabilities
May 3, 2023
Transitioning into adulthood can be a daunting experience, especially for those with disabilities related to autism and social interaction. Jonathan’s (who is autistic) parents took advantage of his father’s role at a local community college and enrolled their son as a part-time student to continue their journey to prepare him for life after high school.…Read more
Meet Tanja and Andy: Preparing your child for the real world
May 2, 2023
Tanja and Andy made sure they were ready for the challenges of independence and autism.Read more
Exceptional Lives Disability Services Finder
March 1, 2023
Exceptional Lives’ Disabilities Services Finder is a free tool to help you find a provider in your area based on your child’s disability.Read more
One Quick Question: How can the school help if my child is having trouble reading?
December 7, 2022
If your child is having trouble reading, their school can help. Watch this video to see how.Read more
Prepare your child for the workforce with job skills training for young adults with disabilities.
November 30, 2022
What job skills do employers look for? Prepare your child for the workforce with job skills training for young adults with disabilities.Read more
IEP, advocacy, and GO! How one mom got her child with a disability off to a great start in school.
November 16, 2022
At the age of 3, Corinth, who has Spina Bifida, was ready to start school. Read about Corinth and his mom’s journey from diagnosis to school.Read more
Literacy FAQ: How do I help my child learn to read? (video)
October 5, 2022
This 2-minute video discusses the different parts of literacy, how the parts work together, and how you can help your child learn to read.Read more
1 Quick Question: How can Disability Services support my child when they get to college?
September 14, 2022
How are accommodations for students different in college than high school? Learn more in this 2-min video on college Disability Services.Read more
Self-Advocacy for Young Adults: Overcoming Fears
August 24, 2022
Is your teen able to advocate for themselves? Learn how young adults can overcome the fear of self-advocating in this two minute video.Read more
My child is aging out of early intervention but still needs services. What’s next?
August 3, 2022
If your child is in Early Intervention, they will “age out” when they turn 3. Gwen Crawford Angelos, speech therapist, describes what’s next.Read more
What lessons can we take from the Civil Rights Movement in our work for disability rights?
July 13, 2022
Dr. Leslie Grover of Assisi House discusses what we learned from civil rights work that applies to disability rights work: organizing, communication, and heart.Read more
Tips to help youth with disabilities learn independent living skills
July 6, 2022
Youth with disabilities should start to learn independent living skills as early as possible. Read on to help them transition to adulthood!Read more
How do we address oppression based on race and disability?
June 15, 2022
How do we address disability rights and oppression based on race at the same time? Keep learning. Keep listening. Dr. Leslie Grover of Assisi House shares her insight.Read more
I thought OT was about workplace skills. Why does my child need OT if they don’t work?
June 1, 2022
If your young child has a disability or delay, you may have been referred to Occupational Therapy. But what does occupational therapy mean for a child? Anne and Kim from the McMains Child Development Center explain how OT can help a child with their most important work - play.Read more
The key to improving your child’s experience in school? Parent-teacher relationships
May 4, 2022
For some children with disabilities, interactions with teachers and staff can be difficult. Watch this quick video from school counselor John-Pierre LaFleur to find out how building parent-teacher relationships can help.Read more