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15 Things Never To Say To A Special Needs Parent

15 Things Never To Say To A Special Needs Parent | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
I write this list in the hopes that it will be read by some of those good people who mean well but whose words can still be as sharp as knives....
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All of the following examples of things not to say come from things that have actually been said to me or other special needs parents.

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Sisters crowned national champs for heart-warming dance routine

Sisters crowned national champs for heart-warming dance routine | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
Gracie, 9, who uses a wheelchair due to Cerebral Palsy and Cystic Fibrosis, has been dancing for years with her sister at a studio near Louisville, Ky.
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Gracie, 9, who uses a wheelchair due to Cerebral Palsy and Cystic Fibrosis, has been dancing for years with her sister at a studio near Louisville, Ky. This weekend they took the stage together at the Jamfest Dance Super Nationals at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

Their duet began with Gracie in her wheelchair and Quincy also sitting in a wheelchair. Quincy then stood up and twirled around the stage with her sister in a choreographed routine to a song titled ‘Reflections'.

"Seeing both my girls on stage together inspires me and shows they have the heart of a true champion," says mom Christin Latkovski. Those who saw the performance were just as inspired by the sisters, with Jamfest representatives saying the girls "awed the audience and warmed hearts throughout the competition."  

At the end of their routine, Gracie and Quincy were named National Champions and received special recognition on stage.

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Robyn Papworth's curator insight, October 17, 2014 10:20 PM

Incredible!

I've got goose bumps :) 

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Monica and Andy, kids apparel line, uses models with disabilities

Monica and Andy, kids apparel line, uses models with disabilities | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
A Chicago-based children's clothing company uses models with disabilities.
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A Chicago-based children's clothing company uses models with disabilities.

 

Monica and Andy has clothing for children up to 3 years old.

Monica Royer is the co-owner of the 3-month-old company. She is also mother to 3-year-old Bella.
'We are trying to make clothing we feel kids can look great in but also have a lot of fun,'' Royer said. ''We also really wanted to focus on the quality of our fabrics,'' she said.

''We wanted to make sure that our prints were very vibrant and fun so that they would be super soft for children's skin,'' Royer said.

One of the clothing line's goals is to get mothers involved.

''Obviously a huge part of the business is marketing and we've been very fortunate thus far that we've had moms involved of every level of our business,'' Royer said.

Katie is a photographer and mother of 4-year-old, Grace, with Down syndrome. Katie is also co-founder of Changing the Face of Beauty.

''We encourage advertisers locally and internationally to include individuals with disabilities in their everyday advertising campaign,'' Katie said.

"Me wanted to just have integrative campaigns that showcased all different children,'' Monica said. ''As soon as I talked to her I just fell in love with her and we quickly invited her to come to the fashion show,'' she said.

''My goal is to provide imagery that is attractive to advertisers and designers so that they too will see the beauty that I see in all individuals that happen to have disabilities and give them a little more encouragement to include,'' Katie said.

''I think one that taught me so much in the short time that I've known her that I definitely that that we will definitely try to find more children just to integrate in our campaigns,'' Monica said.

''I feel like imagery is one of the strongest forms of communication that we have and when you see it you believe it,'' Katie said.

 

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I Am the Person You Hurt When You Say the R-Word

I Am the Person You Hurt When You Say the R-Word | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
You don't have to aim the word directly at me to hurt me and millions of others like me who live with an intellectual disability....
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To all of you who use it, let me say it one more time, THE R-WORD HURTS. You don't have to aim the word directly at me to hurt me and millions of others like me who live with an intellectual disability. Every time a person uses the r-word, no matter who it is aimed at, it says to those who hear it that it is okay to use it. That's how a slur becomes more and more common. That's how people like me get to hear it over and over, even when you think we aren't listening.

So, why am I hurt when I hear "retard." Let's face it, nobody uses the word as a term of praise. At best, it is used as another way of saying "stupid" or "loser." At worst, it is aimed directly at me as a way to label me as an outcast -- a thing, not a person. I am not stupid. I am not a loser. I am not a thing. I am a person.

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Caroline's Cart - Timeline Photos

Caroline's Cart - Timeline Photos | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
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Great news Kroger shoppers! Here is a quote from the corporate office......"We now have this set-up in the Kroger order system, please ask that your store manager order this line item from the Technibilt Company for your store. They can order through the Kroger Facilities Group in their Division. Here is the information to use when asking. This is now approved by Kroger and will be able to help you out." WOW - ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK!! Kroger has approved Caroline's Cart for ALL their stores!!

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