Hi I’m Cristina, the mom of a 10 year old boy with dyspraxia. Some thirteen years ago, I became an accidental stay-at-home mom, but deep down I still consider myself a banking professional (my old job). Though I have spent these thirteen years managing the health of my older daughter, and becoming an amateur child psychologist, GI, pulmonologist, developmental pediatrician;… Read More
Behind every child with special needs is a very special family – and a very special story. Read about some of the families in our Network who are not only empowering their own children – but who are helping to shed light on some of the unique challenges of raising a child with special needs through the sharing of their personal stories.
On July 6, 1989 our first child, John, was born. He was born six weeks premature. John was born at Northern Westchester Hospital but had to be transported to the NICU unit at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. On that day everything in our lives changed. The three weeks in the NICU unit proved to be nothing short of a roller coaster… Read More
My name is Brittany Schiavone and I’m a 27-year-old woman thriving with Down Syndrome. Two years ago, my boss at the local clothing boutique I was working at introduced me to a YouTube video about a group of people helping to welcome Down Syndrome babies into the world. Immediately, I knew I wanted to be a part of this celebration… Read More
When I was 16 my parents changed our family forever. They became foster parents for hard to place children. Always intent on adoption, they welcomed many babies into our family. Each child had special needs of some kind, whether it was autism, drug and alcohol exposure, deafness, a medical issue, or specific syndrome. Each was special and unique and I… Read More
Family Story: I am a Professional Fine Artist specializing in Pet Portraiture. Painting for over 50 years now, I’ve had the great honor to receive numerous awards and recognition. In 2011, I was inducted into Massapequa High School’s Hall of Fame for my art career and community service. In 2013, I was named woman of the year from both the… Read More
“Mom, I can’t believe she said that to me!” exclaimed my little guy from the backseat. “Who said what, Jack?” Now this is normal for 5 year old son, Jackson. It’s like he starts the conversation in his head and thinks I can hear it. “Abby, Mom! She told me “Why don’t you go play with your stupid blocks!” “It… Read More