The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation has announced that Ben Hayes of Auburn, Maine is the winner of the 2010 Best Dad on Wheels Contest. You can find out more about Hayes and read the winning entry here.
Photo by Judy Winter 2010: Participants in Michigan's 20th ADA Anniversary Celebration.
How well I remember the many times I briefly escaped the demands of special needs parenting simply by taking a drive in my car. Those short escapes worked wonders, and I always came back ready to take on the next challenge.
Where would you go if you could hit the open road right now?
Of the many wonderful people I've been honored to interview during my career, Mattie Stepanek and his remarkable mother, Jeni, remain two of my favorites. Enjoy a well-deserved 2010 tribute to this young peacemaker and poet by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) 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!