Parenting Special Needs Magazine March/April 2017 : Page 15

too. Everything from inclusive playground equipment to transportation needs, to emergency procedures within the school. As a parent just starting on this journey at school, I can’t help but wonder why these things aren’t already in place, but I am thankful to them for having an open mind and taking the time to listen to my concerns. I may not be able to change the world but I can change the school that my son goes to and maybe that will change our community. Get involved get involved or World Institute on Disability ( and learn how to make a stand for yourself or a loved one. These may include some online training to help prepare you in your advocacy journey so that you can learn and make a difference right from your home. w Tracy Felix Tracy blogs about her life and challenges as a mom to a son with special needs. Her blog has provided a forum for parents to get support, share ideas, and learn. You can connect with her at and www. So many of us are angry about how people with different abilities are treated, but just sit on the sidelines and complain. Complaining doesn’t do any good; getting involved does. Keep calm. Voice your concerns at a meeting. Listen to the responses. Join a committee or form one yourself. Try to break through walls and keep an open mind. If you want to make a bigger change, you can join programs like Partners in Policymaking (http:// Visit our GROW Communities! LEARN LIKE GROW Online Community Why Parents Choose Shield for their Child’s Medical Supply Needs: 1. Reliable home delivery in 1-3 business days 2. Monthly reorder reminders for busy parents 3. On-staff registered dietitians 4. Direct billing to most health plans 5. Exceptional customer service & support GROW Facebook page CONNECT The Daily Feed Family Support Network Incontinence • Enteral Nutrition • Ostomy • Urological • Wound Care • Breast Pumps Medical Supplies For Care At Home Since 1957 JUL/AUG 2016 Celebrating Parenting SPecial 17 Caregiving

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