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This Christmas season, we’re republishing an article from last year to which a great many of our readers related.  Please add your comments to Surviving the Season of Peace.

Additionally, there is an important UPDATE about the legislation currently being considered in Congress that would allow working disabled people to create a Savings Account (similar to a 529 College Savings Account) to accumulate tax-free money that could be used for housing and other designated needs . . . without  losing their government aid.  All parents need to be aware of this.  See details in the article A.B.L.E.


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Surviving the Season of Peace

Does this picture ring any silver bells?  Christmas season can be a very stressful time for kids with special needs and  their families. Bright lights, loud music, bearded strangers, and upended routines of all sorts contribute.  These factors are especially difficult … Continued

Disabled Savings

A.B.L.E.

LATEST UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS OF THIS LEGISLATION    Lawmakers Poised to Vote on ABLE ACT It’s been passed by the House and Senate NOW headed to the President’s desk Original article:  If any of your children with disabilities have … or might be expected to … Continued

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Unexpected

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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