I grew up in sunny south Florida, in a time when children played outside more than inside. I spent my days catching lizards and snakes and turtles. FYI, make sure you wash your hands after handling wild box turtles, they carry salmonella and can make you very sick (I found out the hard way…high fever […]
Micah is not your typical 13-yr-old boy. He has worked very hard to accomplish developmental milestones that come easy for most (e.g., walking, talking, toileting, etc.). He has been diagnosed with multiple disabilities but none of which have kept him from living his life to the fullest! Thank you Micah for not focusing on what […]
I never really noticed people with disabilities (i.e. special needs) until my son Micah was born. I mean, I knew there were people with disabilities, but I didn’t pay much attention to them and I mostly felt sorry for them. It took an encounter with disability to change my perspective on the matter. My wife […]
I recently spent a few days at a conference in Lancaster County, PA. I was there to coordinate a special needs program for the families attending. I was very excited to meet the father of one of the boys in the program. To my disappointment, the dad decided it was best not to bring his […]
As a father of a child with special needs, I’ve come to realize that friendships require investment, and with that investment comes risk. But the risk is worth the reward…
I am writing this blog out of my experience of being a dad with a son with special needs (i.e. cerebral palsy & autism).
I have come to realize over the past 9 years that it is me, more than my son, that has special needs. I have also noticed over the years, how difficult it is as a father to embrace your child’s special needs.