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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Enjoy free vision, hearing and dental screenings and more at Special...

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 7, Raising Arizona Kids magazine hosts its fifth annual Special Needs Resource Fair at Ability 360 Sports...

Swim season brings drowning risks; Here’s how to keep kids safe

Swim season is here, and while it’s a favorite time for kids and families to start enjoying the Valley’s many pools and water parks,...

Transitions: Helping your child navigate to a new school or on...

Consider a visit to a foreign country where you don’t know anyone, you don’t speak the same language and you aren’t familiar with the...

Q&A with Arizona’s 2019 Teacher of the Year Kareem Neal

Kareem Neal was a chemical engineering major until late into his junior year at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Then he attended a...
Detour Company Theatre, musical theater, inclusive theater

Detour Company Theatre stages “Shrek,” “Legally Blonde”

The 46 actors have 16 weeks to get ready for their January performances of the Broadway musicals “Shrek” and “Legally Blonde.” In the piano...

Special-needs housing community to open this spring in north Phoenix

A 30-home special-needs housing development opening in spring 2019 hopes to give parents of grown children with special needs peace of mind. Luna Azul...

Colten Cowell Foundation brings “Batcave” magic to kids in need of...

What kid wouldn’t want to feel like a superhero? Thanks to a couple of dedicated people at the Colten Cowell Foundation in Phoenix, lots...

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