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About Special Happens

Gina St. Aubin, Founder and Editor of Special Happens.com

Welcome! Special Happens is a community resource and blog full of inspiration, information and insight, written primarily by contributors with children with special needs. The site is dedicated to sharing experiences and resources while developing a community of support for families of children with special needs. We invite you to join our community and poke around… we know that you’ll find something that will make you laugh, cry, remember, and fill you full of hope.
Special Happens was founded in 2010 by the Founder and Editor, Gina St. Aubin. After a time, Gina decided it was time to add other voices from the special needs community. To her, a number of voices, each rich with their own experiences and paths could collectively bring the largest impact on another’s journey. So, she changed Special Happens into a community blog and resource for parents and caregivers of children with special needs.

In time, Special Happens will come to include a number of other resources for the special needs community, including a Resource Directory, conferences and eBooks. While you’re here, look around and discover a contributor or read a series.

Our Contributors

Special Happens features a number of talented writers and advocates in the special needs community as regular contributors. The majority of contributors are parents of children with special needs. You are certain to find more than a few contributors whose writing will inspire you.

Become a Contributor

Special Happens is a community blog and resource for parents and caregivers of children with special needs, as well as for educators, therapists and others surrounding children with special needs. We are primarily parents of children with various diagnosis who, like you, have unique lives, and would like to share what we can along the way.

As a Special Happens Contributor, you may have a number of opportunities coming your way as we expand. You will have the attention of our special needs community (and beyond) to your writing, your social media outlets, and your brand. We promote you just as much as you promote us. It’s a win-win!

Do you want to be a part of a growing online blog and resource for parents, families, teachers and caregivers of children with a variety of diagnosis? If you’re interested in becoming one of the limited number of regular contributors to Special Happens, please take a moment to complete the application so we might have a better idea of how you can fit in on the site. After your application is reviewed, the editor, Gina St. Aubin will be in touch with you.

Thanks for your interest!

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Terms of Use / Disclaimer of Liability

This Websites is offered to you, the user (“User”), conditioned on acceptance of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein, without modification. User access and use of this site constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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Further, Special Happens® LLC® LLC does not in any manner endorse nor hold liability for any information contained on the web pages, or services or products provided by resources mentioned on any of the Special Happens® LLC web pages.
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Disclaimer Of Damages

By using Special Happens® LLC Websites, the User assumes all risks associated with the use of this site, including any risk to User’s computer, software or data being damaged by any virus, software, or any other file which might be transmitted or activated via a Special Happens® LLC Websites or User’s access to it. Special Happens® LLC shall not in any event be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, special, incidental, or consequential damages, including, without limitation, lost revenues, or lost profits, arising out of or in any way connected with the use or misuse of the information or lack of information on the Special Happens® LLC Websites or with the delay or inability to use this Websites, or from any information, documents, services, software, or other material obtained through this Websites, or otherwise arising out of the use of this Websites, whether based on contract, tort, strict liability or otherwise, even if Special Happens® LLC and/or any of its employees/affiliates has been advised of the possibility of damages. Special Happens® LLC shall not be liable for any loss or injury caused in whole, or in part, by its actions, omissions, or contingencies beyond its control, including in procuring, compiling, or delivering the information, or arising out of any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information regardless of how caused, or arising out of any user’s decision, or action taken or not taken in reliance upon information furnished.

Disclaimer Of Association With User

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Disclaimer Of Endorsement

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Special Happens® LLC. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of Special Happens® LLC, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes unless otherwise indicated.

As a condition of use of Special Happens® LLC’s Websites, the User agrees to indemnify Special Happens® LLC, its employees and agents against any and all liability, expenses (including attorney’s fees) and damages arising out of claims resulting from User’s use of these Websites, including without limitation any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by User of these terms and conditions.


Jurisdiction

This Agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Colorado, USA. User consents to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in Special Happens® LLC, Colorado, USA in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of this Websites. Use of this Websites is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these terms and conditions, including without limitation this paragraph.

Special Happens® LLC’s performance of this Agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process and nothing contained in this Agreement is in derogation of Special Happens® LLC’s right to comply with law enforcement requests or requirements relating to the User’s use of this Websites or information provided to or gathered by Special Happens® LLC with respect to such use.


Severability

If any part of this Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitation set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the Agreement shall continue in effect.


Closing Of Agreement

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the User and Special Happens® LLC with respect to this Website and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between the User and Special Happens® LLC with respect to this Website. This Agreement shall be deemed to include all other notices, policies, disclaimers and other terms contained in this Websites; provided, however, that in the event of a conflict between such other terms and the terms of this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement shall control. A printed version of this Agreement and of any notice given in electronic form will be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this Agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.

Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.

(for the complete legal disclaimer of liability, please read our Terms of Use)

In Short

This purpose of this site, owned by Special Happens® LLC, is to connect a community of parents and caregivers of children with special needs through the sharing of resources, experiences, and community announcements and information.  It is at the reader’s discretion to choose what information best fits their preference.  Readers should always use due diligence when interpreting any information on any site, including SpecialHappens.com

Medical:

Any information contained within SpecialHappens.com is not intended to be accepted as medical advice from Special Happens® LLC or any of its contributors.  Parents and caregivers should always take care to seek professional advice from qualified medical personnel or practitioners (prior to initiating any suggestions from any site), as each of our children are individuals.  No action should be taken without first directly consulting with your health care team.

Opinions:

The articles, editorials, comments and advertisers published on SpecialHappens.com do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor and publisher of this site, or of Special Happens® LLC.  Views expressed by contributors and advertisers may not necessary be shared by other advertisers and contributors, and visa versa.   Organizations, businesses, political or religious affiliations referenced in any capacity on SpecialHappens.com do not necessarily reflect the personal views or endorsements of the publisher, contributors, advertisers or community followers at SpecialHappens.com, or Special Happens® LLC.

Discussion:

Contributors and community members are invited to express opinions in a respectful manner.   While we welcome and encourage open discussions on SpecialHappens.com, these should be done in a manner that is respectful to the editor, publisher, contributors, advertisers and community members of SpecialHappens.com.  Any comments that are vulgar, inflammatory or ‘hateful’ in nature will be immediately removed, and the author of such comments may be banned from future comments at the discretion of the editor and publisher of SpecialHappens.com and Special Happens® LLC.

SpecialHappens.com and Special Happens® LLC reserves the right to update this disclaimer at any time.

This blog is a combination blog and community resource for the Special Needs community written and edited by Gina St. Aubin with contributions from chosen individuals.This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.  However, we abide by word of mouth marketing standardsWe believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identityThe compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog BUT will in NO way influence the opinions presented. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.In other words, the owner of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owner’s or the contributor submitting the post. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.The owner of this blog, Special Happens® LLC would like to disclose the following existing relationships with companies, organizations or individuals that may have a significant impact on the content of this blog:

  1. Consult with: Future Horizons Publishing.
  2. Gina St. Aubin serves on the Board of Directors for the SPD Foundation.

For questions about this blog, please contact the editor.

Contact Us

Can’t find something? Have a suggestion? Contact Special Happens, LLC directly:

9609 S. University Blvd., #630303, Littleton, CO 80163 720-583-4462 Send an email, or fill out this form…