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How do I feel about the word disabled?

Today I’m going to be talking about identifying as disabled and how I feel about the word itself, the meaning of the word disabled and also what it implies. I have noticed throughout my life that many people are unhappy to use the world disabled –  admittedly, I was once unhappy to describe myself as disabled, too. I’d like to say that these opinions are 100% my own, and that I am NOT asking that […]

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Our daughter Amanda is totally and permanently disabled by IRS definition.

Our daughter Amanda is totally and permanently disabled by IRS definition. We have for years been correctly claiming her as a qualified dependent under 26 USC 24 Child Tax Credit based on the plain language of the law. It directs the IRS use 26 USC 152 (c) in defining dependent for the purpose of 26 USC 24 Child Tax Credit. All of a sudden in 2010 and 2011 the IRS denied the tax credit because she was over 17. […]

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Not Just fun & Games — AAC uses Tablets for Voice

When 5-year-old Thomas was handed an Android tablet at the start of his regular weekend children’s class, he probably thought he was going to spend the next two hours playing a video game. But battling enemies, seeking power boosts, and conquering levels were not what his teacher had in mind. Like 1 in 68 children in the United States, Thomas had been diagnosed with autism and like nearly 40% of autistic children, he was almost […]

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Babysitting Children with Special Needs

Babysitting can sometimes be hard enough with kids who want your attention all of the time. When you add in a special need, things can be a little more complicated. I have a disability myself but I have also babysat children with special needs. There are so many things that I could say about babysitting children with special needs but here are my top five tips: 1.Do your research. Make sure you get the diagnosis […]