Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy New Year!

Judy Winter Images. All rights reserved.

Let disappointments of the old year go and dream big for the new.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Judy Winter's Holiday Special Needs Tips

Judy Winter Holiday Images 2015

Here are a few of my video suggestions for ensuring a less-stressful holiday season for families of kids with special needs.

Hope it helps.

Watch it here.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry Christmas

Judy Winter Holiday Images 2015

Holiday Words of Wisdom: Helen Keller.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."

'Tis the Season of Giving to the Eric 'RicStar' Winter Music Therapy Camp

RicStar's Camp. Erik Taylor Photography.

As you plan year-end giving, please consider a gift to the Eric 'RicStar' Winter Music Therapy Camp, aka RicStar's Camp.

This yearly, award-winning music-therapy camp, now in its 14th year, welcomes individuals of all ages and disabilities into a summer-camp setting focused on nurturing and celebrating individual abilities.

Everyone is equal there.

No one is turned away from RicStar's Camp because of disability or financial need. Many campers could not attend this amazing event were it not for the scholarships we provide because of your generous support. 

Many campers return year after year, calling it the highlight of their year.

RicStar's Camp and music therapy change lives.

Please help us do that again for this too-often underserved and undervalued population in 2016.

From the bottom of our music-loving, ability focused hearts, thank you.

Find out more here. Watch the great camp videos, too. 

Check out my Facebook Page

A reminder that more regular special needs posts appear on my professional Facebook Page: Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs.

Check it out.

Joshua Perry. Ohio State Linebacker and Special Needs Sib Extraordinaire

Joshua Perry is an talented Ohio State linebacker and all-around great young man. 

He's also an outstanding special needs sibling. His brother, Jahred has Asperger's syndrome.

Watch the story here. 

Holiday Self Care

Judy Winter Holiday Images 2015

What have you done for yourself lately?

Oxygen mask on your own face first, especially during this trying holiday season.

Take time for YOU.

Permission granted.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

World Cerebral Palsy Day, October 7th, 2015

In honor of today's World Cerebral Palsy Day, my baby and on-going muse, Eric.

Never forgotten. 

Always in my heart.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Words to live by?

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." -Francis of Assisi.

Find me on Facebook!

A reminder that more regular posts and daily special needs updates appear on my professional Facebook page. 

Visit me there, too.

Tim Shriver talks with Robin Roberts

Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics, speaks to Robin Roberts in this ESPN piece.

Check it out!

Hometown hero, indeed, but on a worldwide stage.

Well said, Tim!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Schooled by a dog -- from wounded shelter pooch to school hero: Judy Win...

School is coming and I'd love to see more schools with therapy dogs in the hallways. 

So I'm again featuring my TEDx talk about this subject, hoping more schools will take on this canine adventure this school year. 

Pure educational therapy dog magic that costs the districts nothing.

Will your school be next?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

RicStar's Camp Version of Bruno Mars Uptown Funk

Watch the 2015 RicStar's Camp participants rock out to Bruno Mars Uptown Funk.

Get up and dance, people!

Having fun, while changing lives.

Watch it here.

Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

MSU Conducting New Autism Research

My alma mater, Michigan State University, is conducting exciting new Autism research.

Find out more here.

Proud to be a Spartan.

Ryan Stamper Gets Video Role

A San Diego band has made a dream come true for Ryan Stamper by casting him in their new video. 

Stamper has Down syndrome.

Watch Ryan in action here.
Thank you, President Obama.

Much work remains.

See the President's words about the 25th Anniversary of the ADA here.