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New Beginnings

EP Magazine’s aim is to reach the widest possible audience with our award-winning content – so please help us spread the word. As we enter our 46th year of continued publication, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for your continued support of EP Magazine (Exceptional Parent), as well as for your advocacy and contributions to the special needs community. As EP’s new Publisher, I can assure that you […]

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Give Me Tomorrow

PRESIDENT’S FAREWELL BY JOSEPH M. VALENZANO, JR. The best thing that has happened to me in my life has been the privilege and honor of serving as the President, CEO and Publisher of Exceptional Parent. Nothing I have done in my life compares to serving the families caring for children and adults with disabilities and special health care needs. Geoffrey Chaucer in the 1380s penned an oft-used phrase in his poem Troilus & Criseyde set […]

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AAIDD and NADSP Issue a Joint Position Statement

“EP Magazine has supported the dedication and professionalism of the nation’s Direct Support Professionals and we are in full accord with this joint statement by the NADSP and AAIDD.” Joe Valenzano, CEO and Publisher; Rick Rader, MD, Editor in chief Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Workforce Statement Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have long sought lives where they can be fully contributing and valued members of their communities.  Federal regulations including the Americans with Disabilities Act […]

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Chicago White Sox Take Disability Awareness Night Concept to a New Level

The sights and sounds of a Major League Baseball game are something most of us have come to expect as part of the over-all ball park experience. But for children with disabilities, especially those living with autism and intellectual disabilities, all that can be too much to handle. Now Major League Baseball teams are trying to make sure those youngsters and their families can come out and enjoy a game. In a couple of weeks […]