Parenting & Caregiving

Boston Marathon To Honor Man With Cerebral Palsy

Dick Hoyt has pushed a wheelchair carrying his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy, across the finish line of nearly 1,100 races. Now they’re set to be honored at the famed Boston Marathon.

Parenting Style Has Big Impact On Kids With Disabilities

The approach that parents take with their children who have developmental disabilities is directly tied to how cooperative and independent they become, new research suggests.

Mom Turns To Kickstarter For Help With Son’s Cerebral Palsy

Looking for a way to pay for treatment for her son with cerebral palsy, one Oregon mom decided to write a book and turned to Kickstarter.com to fund it. Even she was surprised by the result.

After Six Decades, Once-Institutionalized Man Reunited With Family

Jerry Wooliver, who has cerebral palsy, was a little boy when he was taken from his mother and siblings and sent to a state institution. It took 61 years for him to find his family again.

School Says No To Walker For Girl With Disability

After two years using a walker, a Texas school district is ordering a 5-year-old girl with cerebral palsy back into her wheelchair. Now, the girl’s mother is fighting back.

Cuts To In-Home Care Could Prove Costly

In a bid to save money, Tennessee will soon stop paying for some with disabilities to receive help from two personal assistants at once. But the new rule could end up costing the state more.

Disability Caregivers Struggling Financially, Emotionally

A nationwide survey of caregivers of those with developmental disabilities is offering new evidence this week of the hardships many families face in accessing support services.

State Proposes $10K Stipends For Families On Waiting List

New Jersey may offer upwards of $10,000 annually to families caring for adults with disabilities who are on the state’s waiting list for community services.

Special Needs Help Line Offers Friendly Ear For Parents, Caregivers

A new pilot program in New Jersey is attempting to make life a little easier by providing a 24-hour help line offering support, information and resources.

Lawsuit May Decide If Girl Should Repeat Kindergarten For Fourth Time

A Colorado 8-year-old with disabilities is at the center of a dispute between her parents and school officials over whether or not she should repeat kindergarten again.

Families Report Positive Outcomes As Premature Children Enter Adulthood

Families of children born premature fare well long-term, even when those children experience developmental disabilities, new research indicates.

Couple Takes In Woman With Cerebral Palsy Stuck In Nursing Home

At 21 and left with no one to care for her, Haylee Cain had no choice but to move into a nursing home. Two months and a newspaper article later, she’s getting a new lease on life.

Limits On Psychiatric Medication For Foster Kids Under Consideration

Florida legislators are considering new restrictions on the use of psychiatric medication among foster children a year after a 7-year-old child in state care hung himself.

Library Of Special Needs Toys, Equipment Offers Families Flexibility

Toys and equipment for kids with special needs can carry a high cost and incur quick turnover. Now, a St. Louis group is offering specialized items on loan for no charge.

Caregiving A Job Unto Itself, Study Finds

There are nearly 17 million unpaid caregivers of children with special needs, many of whom say they have no choice but to provide an average of 30 hours per week of care.

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