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A Special Wish for All of You Jul 16, 2014

from Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr,, President & CEO EP
In this story and poem you can replace "God" with Allah or Buddha or the Great Spirit or whatever Supreme Being you believe in. The message is intended to provide a gentle reminder that sometimes in life we just have to trust in a higher power. This story has been with me in my wallet for over forty five years. It has been a source of inspiration and sanity in a sometimes tumultuous world. I read it often and rely on it more and more every passing day. I hope and pray that it will hold meaning for you as well READ MORE

WHEN YOU WANT TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE Jul 2, 2014

By Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr.
Every young man and young woman dreams of being the best athlete, the greatest swimmer, the finest dancer, the fastest runner, the star football player, the toughest boxer or wrestler. They watch intently those athletes who are successful and try to emulate their every action. They try to mimic their batting stances, running styles and copy the techniques of the greatest stars they see on the playing field. And they wonder "what makes them the best?" How can they seem to effortlessly be so successful?" READ MORE

A Perspective on Obamacare Apr 15, 2014

By Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr.
It seems to me that what we need is an unbiased, objective summary, in layman's terms, of what exactly the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act is supposed to provide to the citizens of this great nation. READ MORE

Protect Your Mobile Life -- by Mobile Rhino Apr 28, 2014

A Day at the Doctor’s Office—Anything but Routine Apr 9, 2014

by Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr.
Today, April 9, 2014, I had occasion to visit my doctor for a consult on a medical problem I have been dealing with for several months. Now, I have known my physician for over 25 years and he has treated my entire family over that period and still treats my wife and me. At the start of my visit he asked my help in researching with him some insurance payments that came in for visits I had with him back in January and February of 2014. I was only too happy to help. The issue was that he had either misplaced the insurance checks that I had received and signed over to his practice or the insurance company, a well known insurance carrier of substantial size and impeccable reputation, perhaps had not yet sent payment.
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WHEN YOU WANT TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE Mar 10, 2014

By Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr.
Every young man and young woman dreams of being the best athlete, the greatest swimmer, the finest dancer, the fastest runner, the star football player, the toughest boxer or wrestler. They watch intently those athletes who are successful and try to emulate their every action. They try to mimic their batting stances, running styles and copy the techniques of the greatest stars they see on the playing field. And they wonder "what makes them the best?" How can they seem to effortlessly be so successful?" READ MORE

EUTHANASIA FOR CHILDREN---CAN IT BE? Mar 3, 2014

By Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr. President & CEO, Exceptional Parent
Normally, I try to never use the pages of Exceptional Parent to express my own personal opinions. As the President, CEO and Publisher of this forty three year old award winning publication, I believe passionately that we must maintain independence in delivering information to families and professionals involved in the care and development of people with chronic life long conditions and special health care needs. But today, I am unable in good conscience to conduct myself in this manner. Today, I am, in a word angry. Not a little angry, mind you, but fighting angry. Let me tell you why.
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