Most Incredibe Parents

by Donna Kirk on April 22, 2016

This is THE BEST post I’ve ever seen. Chris was born with disabilities so severe and numerous, his parents were told to institutionalize him. Please watch the short video. I’ve been the parent of a child with severe disabilities for forty-six years, and I’ve NEVER seen anything like this.


Happy Birthday Ed!

by Donna Kirk on April 16, 2016


Grandpa Kirk! 80th birthday. Happy Birthday Dad.
Family together for a wonderful birthday weekend. Love to all.


Radio Interview: Special Needs Family Hour, with Julie Ames

April 6, 2016

I am grateful for the opportunity to have spoken with Julie Ames, of Special Needs Family Hour last week. SNFH is a wonderful weekly program devoted to the gifts and talents of children with disabilities and their families. Although we had never spoken before the interview, Julie and I were friends at once. She read […]

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How My Disabled Son Fooled Everyone

February 26, 2016

Our son Matthew loved an audience; especially when he could create his own brand of shock. He didn’t give a damn about social convention and made fools of learned naysayers. After a difficult birth in 1970, Matthew was born not breathing. Doctors predicted that he would die before morning. Two weeks later, they said he […]

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Everything Special Needs Radio Show

February 15, 2016

I’m live on radio! If you can, please tune in to WNJC 1360 AM radio, Monday February 22 at 6 p.m. I will be interviewed by Sue Shilling… and scroll down to Special Needs Radio. Thanks!

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Murder and People with Developmental Disabilities

January 28, 2016

On Saturday morning of Labour Day weekend 2014, Frank Stack, 82, left his house in Elmhurst, Illinois and drove to the group home where his son, Francis, 48, lived with five other men with developmental disabilities. Mr. Stack, a regular visitor to the home, told the supervisor on duty he’d have his son back later […]

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In Memory of Graham

December 2, 2015

Last week I received something writers dream about, an email from a reader letting me know how much she enjoyed my non-fiction narrative, Finding Matthew. The first paragraph of her message summarized my goal for the book. Anne MacLellan said she appreciated how I spoke of Matthew’s personality and his relationships with others. So many […]

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Six Children’s Books on Diversity and Acceptance of Self and Others

November 15, 2015

Do you have a child or student who feels different from his/her friends and schoolmates? Is self-esteem becoming a problem? Whether the “difference” is real or imagined, the experience is painful. The six books listed here at are an excellent resource to help children understand the hurt caused by teasing or shunning another because of a […]

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Another Special Parents Confidential Podcast Interview

October 19, 2015

John Pellegrini is the parent advocate of a child with a developmental disability and the host of a podcast/blog, Special Parents Confidential. His weekly episodes address pertinent issues facing families of children with special needs. Finding Matthew found its way to John, who read the book and wanted to share Matthew’s life experiences with his […]

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Don’t Disrespect People with Developmental Disabilities

July 14, 2015

As the mother of Matthew, a young man with developmental disabilities, I often had to “handle” strangers who chose to make comments about my son, in front of him. Matthew wasn’t stupid and he wasn’t deaf. And he understood everything that was said. The absolute worst example of this kind of witlessness happened when my […]

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