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When Normal Is the New Weird | Special Needs + Typical Parenting (Belonging Neither Here Nor There)

  “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity Many of us hold dual citizenship: Card-carrying creds from the world of Special Needs parenting, and membership in the “normal” world of typically developing children (“Sibs.”) We…[READ MORE]


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How Special Needs Ministry Benefits Volunteers & Churches | Meet Mr. Nick

  In last week’s post, I shared about how Special Needs Ministries are needed to reach the 90% of special needs families who do not attend church.  Most simply can’t.  I also shared a few practical ways that extended –and spiritual– family can help. You can imagine how inclusive churches and special needs ministries bless…[READ MORE]


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How To Support Special Needs Families & Ministries | BASS Conference 2014

  This is my family.  Over the last ten, post-diagnosis years, these fine folks have looked for excuses to line our pockets, knowing full well we have gaping holes in them.  My parents have provided us with uncountable financial support, particularly during our chaotic Early Intervention Years, when we hemorrhaged money for therapies ($7,000.00 a month out-of-pocket.)…[READ MORE]


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Why I Don’t Mind Being a Dis-Abled Family in a Hyper-Abled World: Part 1

    In the last nine years post diagnosis, our family has made three significant moves to new school districts or cities.  Each move was driven primarily by Jeremy’s schooling needs.  In this regard, perhaps we’re no different from many modern families. After an extraordinary run of six years at our last school district, I thought…[READ MORE]


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31 Crazy Things Special Needs Ministry Leaders Never Say

    Inspired by this recent humorous post by Dale Hudson of Relevant Children’s Ministry,  here are:   31 Flavors of Crazy:  Things Said By No Special Needs Ministry Leader, Ever “Special Needs”?  Whatev.  Just throw him in.  It’ll be fine. Please, no more volunteers.  Go serve 1:1 on the parking team or something. I’ve…[READ MORE]


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Swim-A-Thon: Let’s Go Team Jeremy!

  As you can see, Jeremy LOVES the water.  His current record is six hours in the swimming pool, coming out only for mandated potty breaks.  But swimming lessons for a pre-verbal kid with autism who requires 1:1 instruction, can be prohibitively expensive.   All the more reason I’m so grateful for SNAP.      …[READ MORE]


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Who You Callin’ “Retarded”?

  Ending The R-Word Let’s face it.  Most typical kids think Special Ed kids are weird.  I was once a kid, too, so I know how it is.  I used to  toss around The R-Word on the playground and locker room, just like everybody else. Then I grew up and had a kid with autism.  Meanwhile, the world…[READ MORE]


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