There's No Place Like Camp, Especially #Autism "Camp C.A.N.O.E."

Almost four years ago, our family found out there was an Open House for a new Autism camp coming to the Oklahoma City area. We excitedly packed our children into our vehicle and drove the thirty minutes away to check it out. The new Autism camp was going to be hosted by and held at CampFire Heart of Oklahoma located close to my hometown. When [...]

Purple Day is a Day to Support Those Living with Epilepsy

Purple day is a day that is celebrated around the world to help focus and bring awareness for those who suffer from epilepsy and seizures. This day is celebrated every year on March 26th. It is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. We celebrate this day in the hopes that people will come to understand the seriousness of this disorder, but [...]

Rare Disease Day 2014: Join Together For Better Care

If all the people in the world with a rare disease lived in one country, it would be the world’s 3rd most populous country (The Global Gene Project). According to Rare Disease Day’s website a rare disease is defined in the United States as one that affects fewer than 200,000 individuals at any one given time.  There are approximately 6000-7000 known diseases that fall into [...]

By | 2014-02-26T09:00:23+00:00 February 26th, 2014|Categories: Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Great Bike Giveaway: Special Bikes for Special Kids

Do you remember the freedom you felt, the confidence you gained, the pride you had when you received your first bike? The Great Bike Giveaway will help give give children with special needs the same feeling you had when that shiny new bike arrived at your home. For the second consecutive year Friendship Circle is holding the Great Bike Giveaway, a national contest giving away adaptive bikes to [...]

By | 2014-02-22T09:00:08+00:00 February 22nd, 2014|Categories: Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The STAR Center Launches a Scholarship Program for Military Families

STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center, the premier treatment center for children with sensory challenges, is announcing a new scholarship program for children of military parents. This announcement is timed to create greater awareness about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in October during National Sensory Awareness Month. STAR Center scholarships provide financial aid to families seeking solutions for their children with SPD, and other sensory challenges related [...]

First-Ever Living Well With A Disability Conference & Expo

(Harrisburg, Pa.) – Pennsylvania is taking center stage in the disability community, hosting the first-ever Living Well With A Disability Conference & Expo on August 23-26, 2013 in Lancaster, Pa. Presented by the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP), PA Statewide Independent Living Council (PA SILC) and Three Rivers Center for Independent Living (TRCIL), the event will challenge people with disabilities to discover their very best lives as they test [...]

By | 2013-07-13T09:05:10+00:00 July 13th, 2013|Categories: Events / Activities, National|Tags: |0 Comments

The Passing of David Doe, The Autism Whisperer

Without the proper time to know him… just long enough for the connection to be made, the importance of his voice, really the importance of his life story illuminated from within him. But we lost him. One of our contributors, David Doe, passed away last week from various medical complications. From his wife: Everyone at Special Happens feels the sadness and loss within our community. [...]

By | 2013-06-11T14:32:26+00:00 June 11th, 2013|Categories: Autism / Asperger’s, Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Fighting Epilepsy One Night at a Time – Bridge of Hope Gala Dinner

Bridge of Hope Gala Dinner Saturday, April 20th, 6-10:30 p.m. Chicago, Il Epilepsy affects 50 million people worldwide and more than 2.7 million people in the United States; half of all patients are children The Epilepsy Warriors Foundation, Fighting Seizures One Child At a Time is hosting a gala to help raise money to fight Epilepsy. “We are hosting a Gala to shine a light [...]

By | 2013-04-08T22:57:43+00:00 April 8th, 2013|Categories: Epilepsy, Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Nutrition Awareness Month – Comments from the Food Police

My friends call me the food police.  I am not offended, I am proud; I did not come to this status in life easy. It was only after having John that I really understood the connection between food, health, mood and long term care for the one and only body we will ever have. I was blessed my formative years were pure foods only.  I [...]

By | 2013-03-07T07:00:14+00:00 March 7th, 2013|Categories: Events / Activities, Food, National, Nutrition|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Gender Equality Month in March

March is Gender Equality Month. While it is something we try to think about all year in my house, the month gives us a reminder to stop and focus on the history that we take for granted and the challenges still ahead of us. I think by now we all know that gender is a societal construction. We learn what it means to be feminine [...]

By | 2013-03-04T07:00:53+00:00 March 4th, 2013|Categories: Events / Activities, Inspiration / Laughter, National|Tags: , |5 Comments

Spread the Word to End the Word

Retard a word in the English language and one that this past week I have heard used not only by some children but by grown adults, our sports athletes, our celebrity’s and family members all in reference to other children some with special needs, to adults, to our President and other government officials. It is a word that, to me is totally NOT acceptable and [...]

By | 2013-02-11T07:00:37+00:00 February 11th, 2013|Categories: Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

National Vaccine Damage Awareness Month

No subject will divide a group of parents like the hot topic of vaccines. Many people are surprised to find out there is actually a vaccine injury compensation fund, after all, vaccines are safe, government tested, nobody is harmed from a vaccine preventing an illness. Only having the real disease will harm your child that is why we vaccinate. The sad reality is vaccines aren’t [...]

By | 2012-10-08T08:05:23+00:00 October 8th, 2012|Categories: Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

The Last Chance for Inclusion of Sensory Processing Disorder in the DSM-5

Please allow me to share a letter that I (and any who subscribe to the SPD Foundation Newsletter) received recently from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller...and be sure...there's more to come! The last chance for inclusion of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in the DSM-5 has arrived. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has announced the third and final opportunity for public feedback. The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation [...]

With Blue Comes Discussion and Awareness

One of the most significant days in Autism Awareness comes up tomorrow.  Beginning in 2007, the United Nations declared April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day.  What is it?  A world wide effort by Autism Speaks and the Autism Community to “Light It Up Blue”, encouraging everyone to get involved and help bring attention to Autism Spectrum Disorders.  You can read more about Light It Up [...]

The Latest SPD Foundation Conference in Boston is a "Must Attend" Event

It’s hard to separate Sensory Processing Disorder from Autism.  When Autism is being diagnosed in 1 of every 110 children, 1 in every 70 boys, and the occurrence of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) distinct from Autism, and the prominence of SPD misdiagnosed as ADHD, SPD is not a diagnosis to be unaware of. Many parents of children with Autism and / or SPD research.  We [...]

By | 2012-03-05T09:43:57+00:00 March 5th, 2012|Categories: Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Sensory Processing Disorder – Parent Workshop Plus a Comedy Show at the SPDF Symposium in Boston!

For Who:   Parents, educators, caregivers, therapists, physicians...anyone interested in learning the cutting edge of SPD When: March 16-18, 2012 Where: Boston Massachusetts UMASS Camput Center 100 Morrissey Boulevard Boston, MA 02125 What: 14th International Symposium & Parent Workshop Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Sensory Processing Disorder Scientific Workgroup Presented By: The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation Cost: $169 for parents $229 for professionals BONUS:  ….a [...]

By | 2012-03-04T17:34:07+00:00 March 4th, 2012|Categories: Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , |2 Comments

You Will Remember 9/11 No Matter Where You Are

"We Will Remember 9/11" Remembering what happened to our country and thousands of families and individuals on September 11, 2001 is not an “in thing” to say. Not an “in thing” to write about. In fact, those who know me well, anyone who has followed my writing, wherever I write, knows that I tend to stay far away from what everyone else is writing about.  [...]

By | 2011-09-10T10:35:39+00:00 September 10th, 2011|Categories: Events / Activities, National|Tags: , |4 Comments