Kudos, Parents magazine! Attn: Media! The April 2014 issue features siblings on the cover, one of whom has autism. My son appeared in his own full-page shot in a photo essay of kids with special needs in this very parenting magazine years ago. It was ground breaking then and this cover is ground breaking now. Congratulations, Parents editorial decision makers. Hope this is the beginning of an editorial trend, one that features children with a wide range of exceptionalities. We've come a long way, special needs baby! Read more about this here.
Replacing r-word use with RESPECT The big yearly push by Special Olympics to replace r-word use with Respect is today. I hope you'll consider supporting this important effort. I do. And yes, it does matter.
Here's a piece I wrote in 2012 detailing why ending the r-word use matters to me.
Photo courtesy of Special Olympics. Used with permission.
Who's the real inspiration in this powerful, well-written Olympic story about ice dancing stars, Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, and a gusty mid-Michigan teen recovering from a serious car accident? Read it here.
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!