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By Marcia Hinds 

How many of us still remember bullying incidents that occurred when we were in school? These incidents probably only happened once or twice in our lives, but the pain and those incidents are still etched in our minds as though they happened yesterday. We put the bullying behind us, and may be stronger as a result. But what if the bullying occurred on a weekly basis or even

by Kippie Martin

This is an article about how hearing one’s voice can possibly be used as a method of motivating, focusing, and healing. As an assistive technology consultant who has worked with individuals with disabilities for over twenty years, I have utilized software, hardware, and adaptive devices to meet the goals of students with disabilities. Acknowledging that new discoveries are made each day if we as educators are able to observe,

by Mary Ellen Bogucki

As I sit down to write this, I still find it all hard to believe. You see, my daughter, Bree, walks at a pace equal to that of a turtle.  Okay, I exaggerate, but only to prove the point that she prefers to walk slowly.  As I often say, hurry means nothing to her and the more I tell her to hurry, the slower she

by Nicole Kolenda

As a parent of a child with special needs, you will ALWAYS remember the day you received your child’s diagnosis. You will always think back to THAT conversation, with that specialist, who sat you down and discussed with you their “findings”. Many of you, in this precise moment, wanted so badly to be fully present and listen that you made yourself nauseous trying. Others just blanked out—asking your significant

by Colleen Berlingieri

Everyone has their favorite traditions. One of mine is decorating the house for Christmas. I love putting on some holiday music, grabbing a cup of coffee and going through the boxes that my boys have brought up from the basement. Then I spend the next couple of hours putting away my everyday decorations and putting up my Christmas ones. This year, as I was going about my usual routine,

by Ann Allen 

~The everyday kindness of the back roads, more than makes up for the agony of the headlines By Charles Kuralt Life is beautiful. Ah, such a cliché, but sometimes it feels like that when people are put in your life at the right time, in the right place, and wearing running shoes. This is the story of how my family joined the running community. On Sunday,

By Mary Ellen Bogucki

When my daughter was diagnosed with Autism, I immediately started researching and learning all I could on the subject. One of the first people I learned about was Temple Grandin and I immediately became a big fan of hers. Temple provided insight into what my daughter was experiencing, long before Bree could communicate with me. There are so many things I learned from Temple, but one important

I have been debating on whether or not to share the awesome news that we recently received. Like, big news. I couldn’t wait to tell everyone. The truth is, the news was so exciting to me, that I wanted to stop random people to tell them…but I’m going to venture a guess that Bob, the cashier at Wawa, wouldn’t have reciprocated my enthusiasm. Thanks a lot for the buzz kill, Bob; the coffee was good though!

by Lynne Pearson

If you are the parent of an autistic child the chances are high that you’ll have plenty of meetings with school staff. It’s always a good idea to go into meetings prepared and with an attitude that is the most likely to bring about a favourable outcome for your child, you and the school. Basically you are going to have to become a skilled negotiator. Recently  I read

by Amy Silverman

Raising a teenage daughter is hard. Raising a teenage daughter with Down syndrome is harder.

It can be like bang your head against the wall screaming for mercy several times a day hard. Don’t get me wrong. I adore Sophie. At 14 and a half she is 4 feet, 5 inches of pure joy – until she’s not. And then the combination of an extra chromosome and