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by Megan Davies Mennes Dear Fellow Warrior, I don't know you, yet I feel that we are connected. I remember walking in your shoes and fearing for the future. I remember feeling so alone, then finding others who were experiencing the same emotions, and it helped me cope with the…
Sunday, 26 May 2013 22:39

If the Shoe FIts

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Jack’s feet are bigger than mine. No more guessing when he’ll pass me up, no more can I slip on his shoes to quickly run the trash out… well I can, but when I tried that on Tuesday night they slipped in the back as I walked. They are new…
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Did you do it? Did you rock out with your socks out? Did you wear your crazy socks to raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day? I did not; I decided to wear my plain white socks, just like I do every day. Why? I was not thrilled with the…
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 03:30

Happy Holiday Travels

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A plane flight with kids is generally on the list of challenging parenting situations. Of course we have flown all together before, several times, but it just seems like the kids were so much smaller last time, more manageable and moveable. Jack has turned into a tween, and those long…
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  Happy Halloween! Well, that's it, this is the last year that Jack is going to fit into one of those one-piece costumes. They have made life so much easier for us, and because they are recognizable characters, it's made it easy for others to figure out what Jack is…
Sunday, 28 October 2012 09:57

Grab all they can

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We knew this day was coming. It’s not like we hadn’t been warned. We had been warned and had experienced it a couple times before, thanks to Emma and Brady. Though sometimes I did wonder if this day would ever come. That day is here….. The day that nothing on…
Friday, 26 October 2012 05:53

He Hears Every Word

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This is the busiest time of year when it comes to parenting my son Jack. Once we’ve gone through the usual back to school, adjusting to schedules after the glories of summer we enter the month of October, when every agency checks in with our family. As we have gone…
Monday, 08 October 2012 21:37

Brace yourself!

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Miss Carly has braces, for her shoes, which will help learn how to walk.  She has been walking, with assistance, around the house and at school.  She is slowly getting the hang of it but still has problems staying upright as she wants to fall right down on her tushy.…
Sunday, 07 October 2012 02:04

Can you hear me?

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“Can you hear me?” “Can you hear me?”  I whisper behind Carly’s left shoulder. No response. “Can you hear me?”  This time I say it a little louder and a bit further away. She swivels her head and gives me a big smile. Not bad hearing for a little girl…
Monday, 01 October 2012 05:54

A Happy Birthday

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Birthday. Birthday. Birthday. It used to be hard to plan Jack’s birthday. When he was one, two, three, no problem, we just threw house parties to thank all the people in our lives who had supported Jack and our family through sleepless nights and therapies. Then there was a good…
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Dandelion is a free quarterly magazine that serves as a resource for Bay Area and Sacramento families of children with special needs: autism and Asperger’s, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, those who are blind, deaf, in wheelchairs, learning disorders, sensory issues and every special need in between. Dandelion’s mission is to create and empower a community of local families through a variety of media by providing a database of resources, trusted and thought-provoking editorial content, an up-to-date calendar of special needs-specific events, noteworthy news, as well as contributions to the community.