From Our Family To Yours

For Exceptional Parent magazine’s 2016 Family, Community and the Holidays issue, the Chambers family—Dr. Hank, Jill, sean and Dr. reid—share their experiences, views and words of wisdom with other families touched by special needs. It is a privilege to be a part of this interview with the wonderful Chambers family for Exceptional Parent magazine’s latest Family & Community issue. I have known my friends, Hank Chambers, MD and Jill Chambers, for over 20 years and […]

Prominent Physician Proposes A Can-Do Way To Reduce Health Care Costs – By Finding Cures

PART II of a SERIES INTERVIEW OF STEPHEN L. DEFELICE, M.D., BY JOSEPH M. VALENZANO JR. In Dr. DeFelice’s journey with carnitine, he faced every barrier in our medical discovery system. He believes the Doctornaut Act is the only practical remedy and route to achievable solutions. “My experience with carnitine and our Barrier System would require a thick book that no one would read,” he said. “A single tragic story concerning cancer clearly demonstrates this. […]

New Top Rated Resource on Disability.gov: “Quick Links & Important Phone Numbers”

Visit the links below to get information about Social Security benefits, home health care, rental assistance, help finding a job and much more. At the bottom of this page you’ll also find a list of frequently requested government telephone numbers. (Note: When you visit the links below, you’ll be directed to websites outside of Disability.gov.) Contact your local Aging and Disability Resource Center for information about services for seniors and people with disabilities: https://www.adrc-tae.acl.gov/tiki-index.php?page=ADRCLocator. Find important Social Security forms: http://www.ssa.gov/forms. […]

Prominent Physican Proposes A Can-Do Way To Reduce Health Care Costs – By Finding Cures

INTERVIEW OF STEPHEN L. DEFELICE, M.D., BY JOSEPH M. VALENZANO JR. There is general agreement that the US health care system is in crisis with no doable solution in sight. The ever-increasing cost of health care is the biggest concern of policymakers, politicians and the American people. Access to health care is also of great concern to millions of Americans who have health insurance that, ironically, they cannot afford to use. The controversial Affordable Care […]

EEOC Sues McDonald’s for Disability Discrimination

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON In its complaint, the EEOC claimed that the restaurant’s violations were intentional and were done with malice or reckless indifference to Ricky Washington’s federally protected rights. If your business employs 15 or more workers you’ll violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if you refuse to hire a job applicant who is deaf, but is otherwise qualified for the job, and hiring him or her would not cause […]

Stigma And Health Conditions – Part 2

BY CHERYLE B. GARTLEY WITH MARY RADTKE KLEIN (Authors’ Note: While some of this article has been written in the first person as a matter of style, and due to the fact that one of the authors lives in the world of the stigmatized, it is really a joint enterprise.) AN OPPORTUNITY DRESSED IN OVERALLS The June 1, 2015 issue of TIME magazine’s article “Bounce Back” focuses on the importance of resilience and offers scientific […]

A GPS for Families of People with Special Needs – Part IV

BY LAUREN AGORATUS INTRODUCTION I wrote this manual to help other families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who work with them. My daughter now has five life-threatening conditions, and autism just to keep things interesting. We have been through everything from early intervention to currently going through transition to adult care. I hope this helps you on your journey. Part IV follows; to review Parts I – III, see the September through […]

Stigma And Health Conditions – Part 1

BY CHERYLE B. GARTLEY WITH MARY RADTKE KLEIN Part One Of A Series (Authors’ Note: While some of this article has been written in the first person as a matter of style, and due to the fact that one of the authors lives in the world of the stigmatized, it is really a joint enterprise.) Whether a person is born with a health condition, or living with one acquired at any age, stigma in any […]

A GPS for Families of People with Special Needs – Part III

BY LAUREN AGORATUS INTRODUCTION I wrote this manual to help other families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who work with them. My daughter now has five life-threatening conditions, and autism just to keep things interesting. We have been through everything from early intervention to currently going through transition to adult care. I hope this helps you on your journey. Part III follows; to review Parts I and II, see the September and […]