While we’ve published a number of Personal Essays that capture that moment when parents “get the news” that their child will be facing challenges, we offer this as a Front Page (general interest) article for its broader themes of acceptance and advocacy.
The mother in the following video primarily addresses the discovery that her first baby was deaf (though also the spina bifida and cerebral palsy of her second child). But it is her attitude and proactive response to these situations that transcend any particular diagnosis and make this a valuable lesson for all those who love a child with a challenge.
This is not a 5 minute video, people. This is an hour-long presentation. It is so worth your time.
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