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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Oxygen of Freedom

I am pleased to announce a year-long focus on the various uses of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the pages of Exceptional Parent Magazine and on our new, expanded website. This focus will include editorial contributions from well recognized physicians, clinicians and scientists along with embedded videos and a series of Ask the Expert interactions where our readers, therapists, physicians, athletes, coaches and trainers can interact with experts in the field of HBOT. As always, all […]


As someone who has taught at the undergraduate and graduate school levels at some of the finest universities and colleges in the nation for over thirty five years, and who has spent virtually his entire business life in the health care arena, I thought I would use this opportunity to share some personal perspectives with you. In addition to teaching, I have had the privilege of serving families caring for children and adults with disabilities […]

Americans with Disabilities

We are waist-deep in the election year and the entire spectacle is truly something to behold. Candidates verbally bashing one another while attempting to convince all of us that they are the ones best suited to lead our great nation. It is a fascinating process that is almost impossible to score. Who, for example, is the leader who will help us to recover from the mountain of debt we have created for ourselves and which […]

God’s Instrument of Love

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 2016 BY JOSEPH M. VALENZANO, JR. Mother Teresa was small in stature but she possessed a heart as big as the sky, and the legacy she left will live on forever. This past December, Pope Francis recognized a second miracle attributable to her, clearing a path toward her canonization into sainthood. First things first: from all of us at Exceptional Parent, please accept our very best and sincere wishes for a Merry Christmas […]


Every once in a while, we need to have a laugh, a little chuckle to remind us we are human and also to help us cope with the challenges we face each day. I really do not have any idea who wrote this piece (it certainly was not me), but since I am a recent graduate into the Senior Citizen Club, I thought I would share it with each of you. Hope you enjoy it! […]

Enlightened Perspective

These “random thoughts” were written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words. Mr. Rooney shared many of his perspectives on the TV Show “Sixty Minutes”. A Peabody Award Recipient and Army WW II Veteran, Mr. Rooney passed away at the age of 92 but not before he penned these words which offer us so much. Thought I would share them with you: I’ve learned …. […]