It is estimated that there are between 3-5 million LGBTQ+ persons with disabilities in the US. If you don’t already know, LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer. LGB and Q represents a person’s sexual orientation. Transgender means that the person identifies with a gender different then the… Read More »Being LGBTQ+ is NOT a disability
Beyond the direct benefits associated with physical activity and sports, your child will learn teamwork, persistence, and self-regulation. Yes, there may need to be adaptions and adjustments or special equipment and extra ice packs after the activity, but your child should participate in sports in… Read More »Yes, your child can play sports!
I had the chance to attend a panel about growing up as a sibling to a brother with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. And, you know what? These young adults didn’t feel like they missed out on anything when they were growing up … ANYTHING. They felt like… Read More »Growing up as a sibling of a brother/sister with a disability
It’s tough to think about who’s going to care for your kids after you’re gone. Who will watch out for them? Who will give them a place to live and make sure they’re fed and clothed? Where will they even get the money for that?… Read More »What happens to my child when I am gone?
Dollars and Cents. Teaching your child how to manage money is an essential step in their own empowerment and independence. Money management includes things like budgeting, saving, and spending money wisely. And, when your child learns how to manage their money, it increases the possibility… Read More »Teaching Money Management – Preparing for Independence
Journaling is so powerful. If you’ve ever done one of our Empact Parenting/PEP programs and you’ve experienced writing your My Story or used the hot-pen method. You can appreciate and understand the value of journaling. Journaling allows us to channel our thoughts through pens, keyboards, or with… Read More »Pen to paper – the power of journaling
It happens so fast. When you are a parent of a child with a special need or disability, one must be thinking about and preparing for the transition to adulthood from an early age. There are so many things that need to be considered and… Read More »What happens after high school? Planning for the transition to adulthood
Forgiveness. How much energy you are wasting on your grudges? Think about it. How much energy are you spending on being angry about things that you cannot influence or control? Ruminating about those things that you “should’ve” done or “could’ve” become? Or, what about those… Read More »Getting Unstuck – Forgiving Yourself and Forgiving Others
The Impact of Animals. There is so much truth in the phrase, “Man’s Best Friend.” We have learned that animals are therapeutic to humans; just being with them and touching them influence our mental health and our healing. And, it’s not just dogs – it’s… Read More »Getting Unstuck – Animal Therapy
Burned out.Have you ever felt the sense that there will never be a way to escape the crushing pressures of the world? That no matter what you do, responsibilities will continue to be piled onto you that you will either never be able to get… Read More »Getting Unstuck – Burnout