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Phoenix Film Festival to show award-winning autism documentary spotlighting Arizona

“In A Different Key,” a documentary about autism and the struggle to belong, follows Caren Zucker as she tracks down the first person in...

Virtual gala to benefit summer camp for kids with spina bifida

Camp Patrick is hosting an April 22 virtual fundraiser to help support its all-volunteer, overnight summer camp for kids with spina bifida. The 6:30...

A Valentine’s Day greeting from Mazie, a show of love for Ryan House

You'd never know it by looking at her, but 3-year-old Mazie has had a long, rough road. "On paper, on a medical chart, she's...

Study: Autism diagnoses come years later for Black children

A new study highlighted by the American Academy of Pediatrics found racial inequities in the timely diagnosis of autism in children. The sooner the...

Celebrating 10 years of open doors and open hearts at Ryan House

For 10 years, Phoenix-based nonprofit Ryan House has provided pediatric respite and end-of-life care to Arizona’s most medically fragile children and their families.

Navigating the oral health of children with special needs

For most of us, preparing for a routine dental appointment doesn’t take much thought. If you’re the parent of a child with special needs,...

Parents of students with learning differences have a right to independent, paid evaluations

When our son was 3 years old, my Swiss husband sat at the kitchen table trying to teach him French, his native language. “Un, deux,...

GiGi’s Playhouse offers free tutoring for students with Down syndrome

GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix — one of only 49 Down Syndrome Achievement Centers for children across the United States and Mexico — has turned its...

Max in Motion clinics offer adaptive sports fun for children and teens

The Max in Motion program has announced dates for this year's adaptive sports clinics for children and teens with physical and intellectual disabilities.

American Girl’s newest doll is Joss Kendrick — a fearless surfer born with hearing loss

American Girl's 2020 Girl of the Year doll is Joss Kendrick — a surfer and competitive cheerleader who was born with hearing loss. According...

All Abilities Marketplace event in Phoenix features young entrepreneurs with disabilities

Fall weekends are filled with festivals and markets leading up to the holiday season, but this one will surely stand out. On Saturday, Nov. 16,...

“Sesame Street” puppeteer to speak at Raising Special Kids Symposium on Oct. 24

Stacey Gordon, the Phoenix puppeteer who performs on “Sesame Street” as Julia, a curious 4-year-old with autism, is one of several local and national...

The language of disability: Words matter, but getting it right isn’t easy

I used to love the term “mouth breather." I loved it so much that I once stopped reading a column my then-boss had written for...

Turn family gifts into future security for a child with a special-needs trust

Two years ago, my sister Cheryl, who is in her 40s, discovered she was pregnant. Her only child was 26, and she had been...

Storytimes for Families with Special Needs offers fun plus emotional support

Public librarians are awesome. They are the most versatile, eclectic members of the helping professions, and books are just a small part of their...

Super House: The Lefebvres know real joy raising their sons, two of whom are medically fragile

I see the sign from the street, before I get out of my car. Before I walk up the sidewalk to the front door....

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