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Won’t You Be My Bestie?

I have a surprising confession to make: I have no close friends. I mean, I’m close with my mother, sisters, and my boyfriend—but outside of family members and the person who plans to spend his life with me? I have no one I could truly call a close friend. Being friendly and bubbly has always come […]

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What I Wish I Could Tell You :: When You Suspect Developmental Delays in Your Child

Being the parent of a special needs child truly give you a unique perspective on a multitude of things. Before I had my daughter, doctors were god-like. If there were anything to be concerned about health-wise, a doctor could fix it or would, at the very least, recognize it. Clearly, I was not alone in my former misconceptions as […]

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Fun For All! Nashville Attractions with Special Accessibility

When you have a child with a disability, there’s quite a bit of extra planning involved when seeking out kid-friendly excursions. With that in mind, I’ve highlighted two local attractions dedicated to disability accommodation and provided links to accessibility resources from some other favorite spots. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere   Accessibility at the Zoo Wheelchair Access The […]

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When it’s More than Mommy Brain…

When I ask you to think about ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), I can practically guarantee that you are envisioning a little boy running around like crazy and bouncing off the walls and furniture. I know you are not picturing me—a 31 year old, single mother of two who, to most of the people around her, seems […]

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The Value of a Village

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is about changing the misconceptions that the general public has of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It’s about finding the best ways to support and enable those with ID/DD to be involved and thrive within their communities. It is about empowering them to live a life of which they can feel proud. Absolutely […]

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