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What happens when a mother’s fierce love for her special needs child intertwines with her passion for photography? Magic! Join us on this heartwarming journey with Marcie Randall, a dedicated mother, and an exceptional photographer, as she turns her struggles and triumphs navigating the healthcare system for her medically fragile son into a beacon of hope for other families.

Navigating the world of special needs parenting can be daunting. It requires a delicate balance of creativity, persistence, and love. One individual who embodies these traits is Cheryl Farley, a mother of a special needs child and an Assistive Technology Specialist. Her story, shared in a recent podcast episode, is a testament to the power of resilience in the face

Grief is a profound and personal experience that reshapes our identity and life as we know it. The passing of a loved one, particularly a child, can feel like an insurmountable mountain of pain and despair. Yet, in this abyss of sorrow, there are lifelines to hold onto, paths to healing, and lessons about the power of kindness and connection.

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can be a challenging and often misunderstood condition. As a condition that affects how our bodies and brains interpret sensory information, it can present a variety of difficulties for children and their families. In our recent podcast episode, we had the privilege of discussing this complex issue with certified occupational therapist assistants (CODA)s, Rachel Harrington and

The parenting journey for parents of special needs children is fraught with unique challenges and uncertainties. One of the significant aspects of navigating this odyssey is the indispensable role that community plays. This concept was the focal point of an emotionally charged conversation between Host Annette Hines and Eric Jorgensen of True North Disability Planning in their recent podcast episode.

Knowing where to start with estate and special needs planning can be an intimidating task. However, don’t be daunted, because this episode is your lifeline to understanding and managing this process effectively. Host Annette Hines breaks it down, simplifying the complexity, and presenting you with a three-pronged approach to life planning – estate planning, guardianships and legal authorities, and advocacy

Navigating the back-to-school season can be a significant challenge, especially if your loved one is living with disabilities. As a mother of a profoundly disabled daughter, Elizabeth, Host Annette Hines has learned that preparation is everything. From creating checklists to setting achievable goals, we explore how to keep things in order, ensuring a smooth transition. This episode shares the story

Our latest Parenting Impossible Podcast episode takes you on an inspiring journey with Raja Marhaba, Special Education Advocate, Author (UNSTOPPABLE), and Founder of The Jonathan Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities. It’s a monumental David and Goliath journey that showcases a mother’s determination in the face of adversity. Raja’s struggles with a broken special education system and her