Abilities with a Twist

Preparing for Employment at an Early Age

Preparing for Employment at an Early Age

But what about those with disabilities? Statistics aren’t great. An article by Fortune Magazine in 2017, states that “Only 35% of U.S. civilians with disabilities between the ages 18 and 64 had a job in 2015, compared to 76% for people without disabilities”, according to a report from RespectAbility, an advocacy group for Americans with disabilities.

Therapy Begins

Therapy Begins

As the creators of the Toothbrush Pillow are finding out (new parents of a little one with Down syndrome), therapy for our children is a world in a...

“Function-ability”

“Function-ability”

I guess “function-ability” is a word? Not long after Caleb was born, we started getting questions about his “functioning level”.  What level was he...

Awareness Raising in Public 2.0

Awareness Raising in Public 2.0

Following up on a post from May, about Down syndrome in public (Awareness/Education), where I talked about our experiences out in public – shopping...

Born This Way

Born This Way

When I first heard rumors of a television show featuring young adults with Down syndrome, I was curious.  Having worked with this population previo...

Advocacy!

Advocacy!

On my personal Instagram Page, I recently shared a bit about getting involved in Advocacy. It's not as scary as it seems!  Most days, I'm happy to ...

IEP Preparation - Part 2

IEP Preparation - Part 2

In part 1, I covered the beginning of our IEP journey. Having a Vision and Mission statement for our son was a huge help to keep us focused on long...

IEP Preparation - Part 1

IEP Preparation - Part 1

Spring, to parents of kids with Special Needs means many things.  Awareness days, and months.  Opportunities to get your busy little one outside ...

Benefits of Therapeutic Horseriding

Benefits of Therapeutic Horseriding

Many children, youth and adults with disabilities can benefit from therapeutic horseback riding and/or hippotherapy – both different in their own w...

Hygiene - Keeping Kids Clean & Brushing Teeth!

Hygiene - Keeping Kids Clean & Brushing Teeth!

Keeping clean is tough enough for any kid.  Add special needs to the mix, and it can be quite challenging.  Whether your child is two or twelve, ke...

About Karen - My Journey for Disability Awarness and Advocacy

About Karen - My Journey for Disability Awarness and Advocacy

Hi there! I'm Karen, happily married, mom to two, and step-mom to two. With kids ranging in age from 9-38, and one with special needs, we've seen m...