Bullying at School: Resources and the Rights of Students with Special Needs

Students with disabilities are bullied at a higher rate than their typical peers. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, providing a good opportunity to review information about available resources and actions families can take. According to Disability Scoop magazine, about half of individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, speech impairments and learning disabilities are bullied at Read More

A Mother Shares her Personal Journey of Welcoming a Baby with Down Syndrome

By Elizabeth Paschich The news that my son had Down syndrome came at a bad time.  I was pregnant with our 6th child, and my husband and I were not on the same page about my pregnancy. Age 37, I qualified for extensive genetic testing that could identify the gender of my child at 11 Read More

DDA Access Series 1 Eligibility

  Many individuals and families call with questions and concerns about how to apply to be a client or to receive services from Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).  DDA continues to improve the process to determine eligibility.  We bring you this step-by-step video in partnership with the Family to Family Health Information Center (F2FHIC) for WA.  Read More

Stay Cool when Summer Heats Up

Summertime brings special challenges for families whose children have special needs. Some medical conditions and medications make individuals particularly susceptible to the heat. Be sure to check with your doctor about which medications might increase heat sensitivity. Keep in mind that extreme heat combined with humidity can make a person even more vulnerable. It’s harder Read More

Things I Wish I Knew on Folic Acid

As a mom of a child with Spina Bifida there are a lot of things I wish I knew.  Like I wish I knew I was going to have such a sweet little GoGo (that’s the name for her wheelchair) user before I bought a house with 15 stairs straight up.  I wish I knew that it was Read More