GINA ST. AUBIN, Editor / Author of Special Happens
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Gina St. Aubin is a former Victim’s Advocate who now advocates for those with intellectual and physical challenges. Gina began her involvement in the special needs community in 2003 when her eldest son was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at nine months of age. Beyond Cerebral Palsy, her son is now diagnosed with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Electrical Status Epilepticus during Sleep / Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (a rare epileptic disorder causing verbal aphasia) and Developmental Delays. He has also undergone a left sided hemispherectomy due to his intractable epilepsy.
Gina is the editor, author and owner of Special Happens and a member of the Board of Directors for the SPD Foundation. She resides in Colorado where she is a mother of 3, wife, blogger, writer and special needs advocate. You can reach Gina through various Special Happens connections on Facebook and Twitter, or email her directly.
CHERYL BAILEY, Contributor
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Cheryl Bailey is a freelance/ghost writer who lives North Mississippi. She is the mom of two grown sons the youngest was disabled after a vaccine injury left him without any physical skills or speech. Cheryl now works to advocate for all persons of disability, and frequently writes about life with John. Her other passions include sewing, gardening, and spending time her dog Cindy and any stray cats that choose to call her back porch home. You may contact Cheryl via Facebook, Twitter, or her blog, Seeing Red with No Green in Sight.
MEREDITH MYERS, Contributor
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Meredith is a devoted mom to 2 beautiful beings: an angel girl and boy, both on the autism spectrum. She is also a wife to her wise soul and friend, an artist, a musician, a gamer, a foodie, a spiritual light bearer, and a positive experience facilitator. Meredith (aka Bird) says her children are her true inspiration and ultimate life lesson. She trusts in God to guide her daily in all her endeavors. She is known as Bird and there is not another like her! You can read more on Meredith’s blog, Bird is the Word.
JENNIFER MODAFF, CONTRIBUTOR
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Jennifer is the mother of 2 children and more 4 legged furry babies than she (or her husband) cares to count. Both of her children have primary immune deficiencies and her son is also on the autism spectrum. Jennifer is a full time Organizational Communication professor whose research focuses on work family balancing. Jennifer spends her spare time rescuing animals and advocating for her special needs children. She does this by focusing much of her energy on service dogs for children and being a school board member at her children’s school. You may contact Jenn through Facebook or Twitter, or at her blog Caden’s Tale.
Y’VONNE ORMOND, Contributor
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Y’vonne is a busy, professional, working mom with a passion for charitable causes and advocacy in a variety of areas. While working full-time as an Executive in Technology, she manages to fit in time to participate in global leadership activities with Smart Leaders Network as well as working with the SPD Bloggers Network as a contributing writer and team member. She’s also working to develop a charitable organization called NarY,Inc.
She has two wonderful little boys (9 and 4) and lives Los Angeles, CA with her husband. Both her boys have unique needs. “A” has asthma and anaphylaxis shock to dairy and unknown causes. “R” has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) challenged daily with sensory issues. Y’vonne is passionate about advocating for her children and teaching lessons that other parents can take away based on her own personal journey. You may contact Y’vonne on Twitter or email her directly.
SUSAN NOBLE, Contributor
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As President and Founder of the Epilepsy Warriors, Susan Noble is striving to reach as many people within the local communities to help educate and bring an end to the stigma of Epilepsy. It takes team work. It involves supporting each other in all efforts. It means showing the world that Epilepsy is worth researching, fighting for, and funding. Susan and her family reside in Fort Myers, Florida otherwise known as her little slice of paradise. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and helping those in need. You can reach out to Susan for information about the Foundation or about Epilepsy at email@example.com. You can also visit the Foundations Fan Page on Facebook.
MICHELLE CHRISTIANSEN, Contributor
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Hi, I’m Michelle, a random-Stay-At-Home-Mom-of-3-going-back-to-school-to-get-a-degree-runner-wannabe-crocheter-maybe who sometimes wears a purple mask & cape. Trying to stay sane in our family is accomplished with tons of laughter. Join me as we find humor on our fantastic adventure! You can read more about on her blog, La Vida de Blondie Chell. You can also follow her on Twitter, on Facebook or on Instagram.
CARYN HALUSKA, CONTRIBUTOR
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Caryn Haluska is the mother of 7 unique, cuddly monsters, lives in Southern Utah and is addicted to researching information and resources for special needs. Her son Logan is diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, unexplained seizures, and extreme food allergies leading to anaphylactic shock. He is on a very restrictive allergy induced diet (dairy, soy, corn, nut). His twin, #6, also has Sensory Processing Disorder. You can read more on Caryn’s blog, Living With Logan, contact her via Facebook or Twitter, or email her directly.