Our newest Front Page Article highlights the success of some engineering students in Kansas in creating a simpler version of the “hug” machine first invented by Temple Grandin.  Found to be effective in calming/soothing children and adults with autism, this could be a real asset in both home and school settings.  Those readers to whom this is of interest should not miss Students Design Calming Chairs.

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Students Design Calming Chairs

Those who have seen the biopic about Temple Grandin will remember how she invented a machine that “hugged” her, calming and comforting her when she felt agitated.  It worked for her and others, but was large, cumbersome, and very expensive. Now, at … Continued

Disabled Savings


LATEST UPDATE THIS LEGISLATION  has been passed by the House and Senate and SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT Original article:  If any of your children with disabilities have … or might be expected to have in the future … the capacity and desire to work at … Continued



Stunned by the insensitive way their newborn’s diagnosis of Down Syndrome was given them, a Minnesota couple created “Jack’s Basket.  ” “The mission of the basket is simple: to celebrate every child born with Down Syndrome and congratulate the family … Continued

Personal Essays


Noble Spirit

David’s body has grown bigger and stronger, but his mind is still behind, trapped inside the prison of autism. His ability to communicate is severely limited and his functioning is impaired by odd behaviors, emotional outbursts and limited understanding. Even … Continued

Conner Green

He Knows Each of Us

Last year we had the summer of I Love Lucy. Just about every night during the kids’ summer break we would watch an episode or two of Lucy.  It was tremendously fun to see the kids enjoy a classic show … Continued


Leaving Home

Let’s be clear … I’m not God.  Nor am I His spokesperson.  But I have studied His words for the majority of my life.  I’ve poured my heart out to Him.  I have listened to His still, small voice.  And, I … Continued

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Not Sorry

When my daughter Callie was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy a couple of years ago, we received an outpouring of support and love from our friends and family.  Everyone was trying to be so kind and considerate of our feelings.  However, one sentiment that … Continued


The Sword or the Angel

Sally and I sat on the top stair in our home and cried as we tried to deal with the shock of what we had just learned. Elijah had not developed the same as other children; he was delayed.  He … Continued

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The Lion and the Lamb

Three years ago, our son Landen was born with a severe heart condition. We were shocked and devastated when doctors told us that he was not expected to live to his first birthday. Our little baby boy had a hard … Continued

Love Someone Rare


February 28th is Rare Disease Day and I LOVE somebody Rare! There are only a couple hundred of those with his same diagnosis in the US. I believe I won the lottery. There may be 10k’s or bumper stickers one … Continued


Who Is My Neighbor?

According to the parable, a certain man fell among thieves and needed help.  And the one that came to the rescue was not the expected person.  Now, I’m not trying to say that we’ve had thieves here, but there have … Continued

Warrior Mothers

Warrior Mothers

Dictionary.com gives several meanings of the word “Warrior,” but I like this one the best: “a person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness,…” I am always in awe of  Warrior Mothers … women who spend their day … Continued

Matt Wheeler

Love Unfeigned

In a March 1998 Friend article, Elder W. Craig Zwick of the Seventy wrote touchingly about his own son that is intellectually disabled.  Then he shared a favorite scripture:  Third Nephi 26:14.  You’ll remember this moment during Christ’s visit to … Continued