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Support for families that are Raising Special Kids

Raising Special Kids is a Phoenix-based nonprofit organization that serves children with disabilities and their families. RSK provides information, training, mentoring and support to...

New Way Academy celebrates new campus

Students at a Valley private school started their second quarter last Monday at a new location near the Arcadia neighborhood in Phoenix. What's now the New...

Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona

If you met Gina Johnson on the street, you’d be struck by her kind, loving and grandmotherly demeanor. But you wouldn’t be fooled for...

Arts and disabilities resources

Arizona Bridge to Independent Living abil.org The Improbable Theatre Company, for adults living with various types of disabilities, performs at the Herberger Theater Center. Arizona Commission...

Weekly education and schools roundup

Scottsdale Community College hosts the 2013 regional tournament for Odyssey of the Mind on Saturday, March 9. About 1,500 participants on 64 teams from...

Family hopes film raises awareness

Too many parents whose children struggle with reading don't even know that something called dyslexia exists, reflects Phoenix father Kerry Wangberg. Wangberg and his...

Education, schools and money

Two money-in-education topics. One for individuals looking for college tuition money, the other about public education and school choice. College Goal Sunday and Saturday Too...

Cortney’s Place expands services to physically and mentally challenged adults

Cortney’s Place, a Scottsdale facility for physically and mentally challenged adults, has expanded to offer more amenities and programming space. Cindy Carpenter, president and founder...

Rebooting the brain: Preventing neurological damage in newborns

Kristin Smith thought she was in labor. It was her second pregnancy; she knew the drill. After an exam at the hospital, however, medical...

Transitioning learning-disabled students to college

Learning disabilities don’t magically disappear with a high school diploma, but an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) does. For learning disabled (LD) students, moving on...

A preschool with on-site therapy for developmental disabilities

Like many preschools, the Early Learning Center at United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona features a large playground with plenty of shade structures, trees,...

Are you listening to me? With deaf parents, kids become resourceful

Written by Amy (Vogelsang) Fischer Parents are cheering and sneakers squeak across the court as the timer counts down. The gym smells like teenage sweat....

2024 Camps for Kids with Special Needs

Listings are continuously being updated (February 5, 2024) based on information we collect directly from camps through an online questionnaire. Please verify all information...

Assistive technology for children with special needs

Southwest Human Development has opened an assistive technology shop to provide solutions to the challenges faced by children with disabilities. The A.D.A.P.T. store, a...

Puberty and the special needs child

Pu•ber•ty, n.A physical and emotional rollercoaster that kids begin riding anytime between ages 9 and 14, lasting about five years. Pro•cras•tin•ate, v. The parental tendency...

Party Articles

Out-of-the Box Birthday Party Ideas

Wanting to do something a little extra special for your child’s next birthday party? Maybe it’s a milestone birthday—like turning double digits or entering...

Party Etiquette

Whether you’re hosting a party or attending one, you may be wondering—do people really RSVP anymore? What about goodie bags, are those still a...

How to Throw a Birthday Party that Won’t Break the Bank

I remember the days when birthday parties consisted of colorful balloons, streamers, a simple cake, and the classics like musical chairs and tag with...

How to do a drive-by birthday party

As we get deeper into quarantine, people have gotten creative with birthday celebrations. One result: the drive-by birthday party.

Home pool party? Hire a lifeguard!

Drowning happens silently and quickly. That’s why children are at risk even when — and sometimes especially when — adults are nearby. Even a "designated...