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New High School uses H.E.A.R.T and Horses to reimagine Special Education

Remembering school before COVID-19 can oftentimes leave parents feeling wistful. Rightfully so. The reality of education today is daunting: children forced to sit in...

Valley Mom Invents Sensory-Friendly Socks for Children of All Ages

When one Valley mother noticed her baby ripping off his socks, she soon realized this was going to be an ongoing battle, and she quickly came up with her own solution.

Please don’t say, “You’re so strong”

What if I told you I’m not especially strong? That I am an average woman who plays the cards I’m dealt? That you could do hard things, too, if it was the only choice you had.

Cookie Cutters-Haircuts for Kids

If you have a child with special needs, you might be familiar with the struggles of simple tasks like a haircut. Luckily, there is...

Chip in for Autism

Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen and Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), Arizona’s leading autism nonprofit, are teaming up to raise funds for autism...

Finding the support to thrive

Parker Cook has a dazzling smile and intensely blue eyes behind tiny glasses. At age 5, he is thin but energetic, sweet and a...

Nominate a family with Special Needs for the September 2021 cover!

If you know an amazing special needs family, nominate them here!

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.

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