Caregiver Families, This is Our Promise to Your Children

By: Joyce Raezer, Executive Director of the National Military Family Association and Steve Schwab, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation Military kids serve, too! We believe it so strongly, it has become a rallying cry. We know military kids often become caregivers during deployments. They take care of younger siblings, worry about how mom is doing while dad is deployed, and take on extra chores. But, most of our thinking about military kids and […]

A Message Of Gratitude For Our Freedom In The United States

BY MICHELLE BOUDREAU As we find ourselves in the middle of 2016, many of us will be celebrating the Fourth of July, a day that is known in the United States as “Independence Day”. It is typically a day filled with family, friends, barbecues, parades,  fireworks and musical favorites such as “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” to name a few. Here in the U.S., when we think of “independence” we […]


ELEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH YOUR SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT DOLLARS A tight budget doesn’t mean you have to sit home every night staring at the walls. You can have fun without busting your bank account. With just a little effort and investigation, you can find low-cost to no-cost fun for yourself and your family. Check out these ideas for saving money while still having fun: Take advantage of free outings. Local parks, waterfronts, memorials and art galleries […]

Disability Service Providers Raise Concerns about DOL Overtime Exemption Rule

Representatives from providers of community-based disability services from across the country converged in late April on Capitol Hill to meet with their legislators and express concerns about unintended consequences of the Department of Labor’s forthcoming Overtime Exemption Rule. The rule would update the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to more than double the salary threshold at which workers are exempt from overtime requirements, with the salary level increasing automatically over time. The rule was sent […]

Changing the Game

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN Due to the collaboration of the Autism Project and Hasbro, children will be able to reap the benefits of ToyBox Tools and be one step closer to sitting with their peers while enjoying a game of Candyland or Connect 4. Memories of playing board games as a child may be a common theme, but not so common for some. I spent many afternoons playing Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders […]