Balance and the New Year Ahead

by Mary Mazzoni on January 1, 2014

balance high-ropes-course-58665_640The new year stretches before us like an adventure course. Let’s welcome it with hope and enthusiasm!

We and our children come to the threshold of 2014 as whole persons – body, mind, and spirit. We can navigate the unknown course ahead with joy – as we listen closely to ourselves – with a sense of balance – one step at a time.

What does “balanced living” mean to you? Here are some thoughts to consider. Please add your own perspective! Read more→


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Essential Tips from a Special Needs Financial Advisor

by Mary Mazzoni on October 6, 2013

MoneyHouse-401(K)2013-6809000715_64d3162d62_zYou want to build a solid foundation for your child’s financial future.

But you don’t know what you don’t know.

Too many families discover that there were steps they could have taken years ago to prepare for the financial needs of their child. If they had only known what to do.

Mike Butterworth is the parent of a young adult with special medical needs. For more than 25 years he has provided customized financial planning services to parents of children with disabilities.

In a recent interview, Mike stressed that financial planning is highly individualized. The unique needs and circumstances of each family must be taken into account.

Although this post can’t provide personalized guidance, Mike does offer important insights into topics that affect your child’s financial well-being. Read more→



6 Strategies for a Positive School Year

by Mary Mazzoni on September 1, 2013


How does your child feel about the new school year?

As the buses start rolling again, many students feel anxious. Especially if they’ve struggled with school in the past.

Here are specific strategies to help your child make this the best year yet. What’s more, your child will learn self determination skills needed for success in adult life. Read more→



Learning from Young Leaders

by Mary Mazzoni on July 27, 2013

PYLN_Logo_FinalI’ve just spent three intensive days learning from young leaders.

These young adults love the lives they’re building for themselves. And they’re passionate about empowering their younger peers.

Do we truly want our kids to grow as self advocates, to live the lives they truly desire? Then, as parents, teachers, and mentors – we must learn from young leaders. Read more→



Turn Your Idea of “Service” on its Head! How Kids Can Learn By Serving

July 18, 2013

Here’s a challenge for our kids: “Think not what your family and community can do for you, but what you can do for your family and community.” (John F. Kennedy, adapted) This isn’t an either-or proposition. Our kids must learn how to advocate for themselves – so they can access the accommodations and services they [...]

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ABLE Act – Learn More & Take Action!

July 4, 2013

The Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was re-introduced to both the House and Senate in February. First proposed in 2006, the ABLE Act would allow eligible persons to create tax-free savings accounts for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing their Social Security, Medicaid, private insurance, and other benefits. The bill has gained momentum in the last few years, [...]

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We Connect Now: By and For College Students with Disabilities

June 22, 2013

Is your son or daughter a current, future, or former college student? Maybe he or she feels a lot like Gabriela McCall Delgado did when she began her college career. Disconnected. Back in 2008, Garbriela looked for a networking and advocacy group by and for college students with disabilities. She didn’t find what she was [...]

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Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow Transition Conference: July 24-26, 2013

June 3, 2013

The PA Community of Practice for Transition Conference draws families and professionals from around the country every year. There’s nothing quite like it. Youth and parents alike have told me the conference has changed their lives. Professionals from diverse fields have opened their minds through this conference – discovering new ways to empower the young [...]

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Act Now! Support Accessible Formats for People with Print Disabilities

May 26, 2013

Do you care about someone with a visual impairment, dyslexia, or other print disability? Now is the time to take action to support availability of books in accessible formats. A proposed treaty now being considered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) would enact copyright exception to enable authorized public and non-profit entities to produce [...]

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Online Community & Resources for Youth with Mental Health Challenges

May 25, 2013

Young self advocates are finding power in connection. Strength of Us (SofU) is an online community organized by young people through NAMI – the National Alliance on Mental Illness. SofU is designed to empower youth through resource sharing and peer support. The site has been developed with the leadership of a young adult advisory group and [...]

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