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 partnersonlinecourses.com) or World Institute on Disability (https://wid.org) 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 www.xlinked1.blogspot.com and www. facebook.com/xlinked1 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 www.shieldhealthcare.com/GROW 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 www.facebook.com/GROWwithShieldHealthCare CONNECT The Daily Feed Family Support Network www.facebook.com/groups/TheDailyFeed Incontinence • Enteral Nutrition • Ostomy • Urological • Wound Care • Breast Pumps Medical Supplies For Care At Home Since 1957 JUL/AUG 2016 Celebrating Parenting SPecial needS.org 17 Caregiving

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