Seven Tips To Help Parents This Autism Awareness Month

By Deanna Picon, founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC ( and author of The Autism Parents’ Guide to Reclaiming Your Life has declared Saturday, April 11 as a day for family members and friends to support the parents of children with autism. Apply these simple tips to make a difference in the lives of special needs parents: • Give a well-deserved break.Managing all aspects of a child’s daily living, including personal needs, school activities, therapy […]

Service Dogs Prove to Be Boon for Children with Autism

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON When Guiding Eyes for the Blind realized that some of its trained dogs lacked the self-assurance to be guide dogs, it discovered that the animals could be retrained to help children with autism. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a service dog is any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal, individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If they meet this definition, dogs […]

EP Special Needs Connect

It’s Finally Here! Social Collaboration for Exceptional Parents … for Exceptional People … for Exceptional Physicians … for Exceptional Patients ♦ Providing Information, Education & Connectivity ep Special Needs Connect (epSNC) fosters participation and interactivity between readers, content creators and marketers in order to meet the demands of a new and evolving media in the special needs community. epSNC is expanding our contributor base whether it’s digital journalists, authors, bloggers, academics or our readers who […]

ep Special Needs Connect “Search & Respond”

ep Special Needs Connect’s Search & Respond enables you to reach out and interact with other families and caregivers who are just like you and can help you, using their own knowledge and experience. As with the people in the following situations, you will be able to post your questions on the site, so it can be read by other parents, caregivers, or people with special needs who’ve been in your situation—and you get to […]

Special Needs Events

ep Special Needs Events  is a powerful gathering of events specifically geared to the special needs community, including educational, promotional, galas, fund-raisers, trade shows, exhibitions, plus unique networking opportunities. Events where our readers can explore the ever-evolving landscape of our community. Click on the calendar below to view current events…. Promote your event with a listing in our event directory. Please click here for additional information.  

Having the Conversation with Your Seriously Ill Child

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. Pediatric Starter Kit In the interest of full disclosure, I have a daughter with multiple life-threatening conditions who “coded” and had to be resuscitated on several occasions. So reviewing the Pediatric Starter Kit, which was designed by The Conversation Project to help parents of seriously ill children who want guidance about “having the conversation” with their children, was very difficult for me at times. However, this is an important resource which is helpful to families because, although difficult, this is […]


BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN McCAFFERTY  This past summer my family and I spent a day at Great Adventure. It’s the only place Justin, my severely autistic son, willingly stays for more than an hour (I have often joked with my husband that wherever we live has to be within a 30 minute radius of a Six Flags parks.) It’s usually a very fun excursion for us, mostly free of angst, and something I truly enjoy doing as a family. On our last […]

Putting the pieces together

BOOK EXCERPT The Spiritual Art of Raising Children With Disabilities I began thinking of the way mosaics are fashioned from broken shards of pottery and pieces of splintered glass… Think about the way our lives are shattered with that first diagnosis. … How we work and work at gathering up the pieces, attempting to rearrange them into the familiar pattern we knew before. How we keep striving to create something new. Parenting a child with a […]

Cooking up a winner

BY JASON BARON, M.S., Ed. Last semester, VIP’s Social Action group decided that they were going to run a food drive along with preparing a meal for families who stay for extended periods of time at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.  At the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), nestled in Central Islip, NY there is a U.S. Department of Education approved, three year comprehensive transition and postsecondary program known as the Vocational […]