Talking to Children about Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be very difficult for a family to navigate. It can be especially difficult to tell your child that their loved one has terminal cancer. That said, there are many ways to support your children as they face the challenge of a sick loved one. Learn more about tips you can use when talking to your children …

A Parent’s Guide to Safe Outdoor Play for Children with Autism

Outdoor play has profound benefits for children. Beyond physical activity, outdoor play contributes to a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development, improves sensory skills, and boosts moods and concentration.Unfortunately for children with autism and other special needs, the outdoors is also fraught with risk. So how can parents design safe outdoor spaces where special needs children can play worry-free? Let …

A Guide to Flying for People with Disabilities

Traveling by plane is one of the fastest and safest methods of getting to a destination, but noisy airports, narrow airplane aisles and baggage restrictions can make flying challenging, especially when you have a disability that limits your mobility or ease of communication. Whether you have an ongoing disability or a temporary injury, you may encounter extra difficulties while flying. …

Water Safety Guide for Children with Special Needs

Summer pool time is approaching — and kids and parents really need it this year. Most public pools have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving millions of kids wishing for swim time. However, most states are easing COVID-19 restrictions, and pools may be open again soon. But before parents take a dive with their kids, there are a …

Navigating the Workplace – Tips for Women with Disabilities

Although women and minorities — including people with disabilities — are making great strides in the name of equality, there is still a long way to go. Pursuing a thriving professional career isn’t always easy. Navigating a workplace environment as a woman with a disability is wrought with prejudice and inaccessibility. So we’ve pulled together some great resources to help …

Guide to Special Needs Trusts

A special needs trust (sometimes called a supplemental needs trust) is designed to allow individuals with special needs to access additional funds without risking the loss of their government benefits.  Many people with special needs face numerous expenses due to their disability or impairment. At the same time, these individuals also often rely on government benefits such as Medicaid benefits …

Tips for Coping with COVID Stress

COVID-19 is upending the lives of every American. Many public health officials remain cautious, anticipating the need to continue prevention efforts for an extended time. For people with disabilities, the impact can be severe, increasing barriers to accessing critical public health information, healthcare and support services. The coronavirus brings new challenges as well such as difficulty engaging in preventative measures …

Sensory-Friendly Home Modifications for Kids with Special Needs

When you have a child or family member on the autism spectrum, creating a safe and functional home environment is an important task. Autism can have a huge impact on an individual’s development, lifestyle, and social connections. People on the spectrum can be particularly sensitive to lights, sounds, and other stimuli. Many crave order and routines to make sense of the world. …

Disability Apartments: Looks and Features You Might Find

There’s a misconception that handicap accessibility for apartments is related to ADA compliance. It’s an easy mistake to make; the ADA applies to public buildings, common areas in apartment buildings, and most units in newer apartment complexes. If you’re looking at older buildings, the ADA doesn’t necessarily apply (Learn more here). That doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Many apartment …

Finding Accessible Apartments

Finding an affordable, livable apartment can take some effort. And it can seem even more difficult when you’re searching for handicap-accessible apartments. But there’s good news. If you know a few things going in — which features you’re looking for, where and how to look, which questions to ask and what to expect from the application process, plus what rights …