Just Needs: parenting children with disabilities

Some people still talk about disabilities as "special needs." As parents of children with disabilities, we know our kids just have needs... like everyone else. We also know that in a just world, everyone’s needs would get met.

Settle in with our podcast for real talk about advocacy, friendships, developmental delays, evaluations, IEPs, sensory meltdowns, autism, and all the ups and downs that come with this gig. We don’t have all the answers, but we promise to try to figure it out with you. Join us.

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  • About our Host

    Christina Kozik

    Community Engagement Specialist

    Christina Kozik has been largely focused on supporting families of children with disabilities for the last 5 years. During that time, Christina has lead Exceptional Lives’ outreach efforts in Louisiana, attending events with families, facilitating professional development training for school staff, and creating podcasts and other content designed to help families navigate Special Education and health care. Christina identifies as neurodivergent and is the parent to a child with disabilities.

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    About our podcast

    Who is Exceptional Lives? Resources and support for families caring for children with disabilities.

    Exceptional Lives envisions a world where families raising children with disabilities (or special needs) become effective advocates for their children. We support families, train providers and educators, and offer guidance grounded in our own personal experiences. Listen to this short podcast to learn more about how we can support you.

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