Storytelling for Parents of Children with disAbilities, Part One

July 14, 2017 Katherine
Right now, storytelling is as hot an Alabama summer.  Why?  Storytelling, if done well, gets past all the noise in our minds cutting through our busy lives while touching our hearts and often, inspiring us to action.  As the parent of a daughter with special needs, I learned early on if I were to help
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When the Arts and Music Call...Answer!

May 8, 2017 Katherine
We all know life itself can be challenging enough.  Living with a disability is complex and at times overwhelming. There are days when our spirits lag as we experience not only with the psychological realities of life with a disability, we may encounter actual physical pain and the further loss of abilities as we grow
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Healthy Transitions in Healthcare

April 13, 2017 Katherine
The first step in caring for a child with special needs often begins with a visit to a medical professional. Days, months, and years of working with pediatricians, specialists and therapists to understand the unique needs of your child and your family result in a trusted relationship. The healthcare team, you and your family, have
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Celebrating National Developmental Disability Awareness Month

March 8, 2017 Katherine
A Little History Presidents and Parents and Advocates Leading the Way In the early 1960’s President, Kennedy used the power of the Presidency to bring attention to the needs of people experiencing life with an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD).  Back in the 1960’s, people with IDD were labeled as “mentally retarded.”  Up until that
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Remember to Love Yourself

February 13, 2017 Katherine
It is all about the love. Every day I learn to love more.  I await what comes from an unpredictable day, daring myself to fall into an uncertain moment on the side of love, not fear.  I dare myself to step into the vulnerabilities of an open heart. It takes courage to open a heart
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In Pursuit of the American Dream

January 16, 2017 Katherine
Justin Dart and President Bush signing the ADA There was a time when it was unimaginable for people with significant disAbilities to own businesses, to be homeowners, to enjoy meaningful work and great friendships within their community. There was a time when people with disabilities were rarely seen in public schools. When Mikelle first entered
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The Power of Rituals. Gathering with the Gilmore Girls

December 15, 2016 Katherine
According to Scientific American, rituals are rational and beneficial . “Rituals have the ability to impact our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.” For Mikelle and me, and perhaps for you and your family, rituals deepen connections among our team members and cushion the weight and impact from inevitable loss felt when friends and trusted supports move on.
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What is in Your Recovery Plan? A holiday survival guide.

November 15, 2016 Katherine
As I write this blog, my sandaled feet are stretched out on weather worn outdoor couches at the local Starbucks, also known as “The Beach” for its expansive patio, fire pit, and overhead warming lamps. It is November 14th and not a snowflake can be found. Though sprigs of holly and red cup decals wishing
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#GivingTuesday

October 18, 2016 samanthacarter
The Full Life Ahead Foundation is participating in the #GivingTuesday movement on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, and we want you to join us! Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and
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To Vote or Not to Vote?

October 4, 2016 Katherine
Indeed. That is the question. Alright, this election cycle doesn’t rate even in the top ten most inspired elections. Nonetheless, it is an important election for individuals and families with special needs. Your involvement in this election packs a punch when it comes to shaping future policies which will impact funding in Alabama. Your vote
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