Kudos to 'Give the Kids the World Village,' which provides kids with life-threatening illnesses and special needs and their families, week-long, cost-free fantasy vacations at their 70-acre accessible theme-park resort in Florida. Jenna Bush did a piece on it this morning on The Today Show.
I ran into my friend and budding disability advocate, Johnny Agar, at Michigan's 20th ADA celebration. This sharp, determined 16-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, told me about his new website Johnny's Pass designed to help those with mobility challenges find a wide range of accessible venues. You can help him grow this valuable venture.
Check it out here and share your own experiences with Johnny. A whole new generation of activists have been born. Love that.
Photo: Johnny being interviewed by the press during Michigan's 20th ADA anniversary celebration. Judy Winter 2010.
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and the Paralysis Resource Center (love them!) is looking to celebrate great dads with the 2010 Best Dad on Wheels Contest. For more info, click here.
Dads are VIPs, too, especially in special needs families.
Photo of my favorite dad on wheels, children's book author and motivational speaker, Johnnie Tuitel of Grand Rapids, Michigan and his three terrific sons, Nick, PJ and Joel at RicStar's Camp. Judy Winter 2010.
Monday, July 26th, is the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which in part, has helped reduce barriers to employment and education. I will be celebrating at my local level and I hope you will, too. It's good to look at how far we've come to get energized for all the work that still remains.
I find it especially interesting that the ADA was passed the year my son was born and so few were talking about the value of those with special needs. That injustice has fueled my work on special needs for the past two decades. I'm thrilled that today, so many terrific men and women are working hard to ensure the rights and better life opportunities for those with disabilities. Bless them all.
Given the critical importance of early diagnosis for autism, the results of a recent study about using technology to uncover a possible connection between baby's talk and autism is especially good news.
Did You Know? that 200,000 people in the US are living with spinal-cord injuries, the result of sporting/recreational activities? With summer fun in full swing, the Christopher/Dana Reeve Foundation & Paralysis Resource Center offers some valuable tips on staying safe.
As an author, consultant, speaker, and award-winning journalist on special needs, I have the honor of creating greater awareness of the value and potential of millions of children and young adults with special needs worldwide. It’s work about which I am passionate. My book, 'Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations' (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, March 2006), is dedicated to my terrific son, Eric Richard Winter, who had cerebral palsy and passed away in 2003 at age 12. Eric was much more than just a disabled child, and now I'm sharing his lessons about ability with the world. I help adults see children with special needs through new eyes and challenge them to work harder to help this population reach their full potential. You can find out more about 'Breakthrough Parenting,' and my amazing son, by visiting my website: www.JudyWinter.com. There, you will learn how you can help me raise the bar of expectations for millions of children with special needs— one child at a time. It’s one deserving— and very cool cause!