We so often get caught up in the tough stuff of life that we miss the good things all around us, especially when facing the daily challenges of special needs. So today, I'm beginning a new post called Simple Blessings dedicated to embracing brief moments of gratitude. You can do the same.
Today's Simple Blessing: While walking my dog, Jack, this morning, we crossed paths with another walker who said with a smile, "beautiful dog and well behaved, too."
Thank you for sharing that simple blessing with me, and Jack.
Eric Lantz of Houston, Texas, has been voted as the Best Dad on Wheels in the 2011 Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation contest. The 40-year-old Lantz has been a wheelchair user since a car accident at age 18 dramatically changed his life. Being a dad wasn't on the radar then. But look at him now.
On this day, I pause to remember and pay tribute to the remarkable young poet/peacemaker, Mattie Stepanek, who passed away on this date in 2004. Like my amazing son, Eric, Mattie lives on in beautiful ways.
What if the greatest challenge facing those who stutter or have other speech limitations isn't a result of his/her physical reality, but instead comes from the limitations of the listener?
Some great thoughts about the challenges of stuttering and good listening come from my friend, Sharon Emery, a stutterer who knows the subject well.
Sharon recently delivered her bold message entitled The Disabled Listener at an inspirational TEDx event in Lansing, Michigan, and received a standing ovation for her efforts. She also parented a child with an intellectual disability for 26 years. Sharon and her terrific family are profiled in my book.
Sharon Emery is accomplished, smart and funny, and she always has my ear when she speaks.
Every so often, I find a great read that I like sharing with others. Today is one of those days.
Discovered this marvelous book: The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Life by Sara Avant Stover by chance yesterday. Love it already and highly recommend it to other women searching for greater balance, health and happiness in their own over-scheduled lives.
Christiane Northrup, M.D. says "Filled with health-promoting delight, pleasure, and truth. Just lovely."
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!