Seventeen years ago, when my son Joel was fourteen and in the midst of a more-than-difficult adolescence, I led a workshop for parents and grandparents of children with disabilities at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Joel has autism. Our time at the Ranch was difficult. Autism made traveling and […]

The Manicure


My great-uncle Mace Bugen, my grandmother’s younger brother, grew to be only 43 inches tall and had a hump on his back as a result of achondroplastic dwarfism. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know more about Mace’s life story and his incredible photo collection while working on his […]

My Great-Grandmother: Discovering A Role Model


Throughout the month of July, friends and family members were invited to nominate a special-needs parents of the day to receive a free gift from our sponsors! Each day in August we’ll announce a new winner. At the end of August, we’ll match up the winners with gifts we think […]

Meet Our Special-Needs Parent of the Day (2016 winner list!)