The Child Behind the Eyes, a monodrama by Nava Semel, portrays a mother and her son, Yotam who was born with Down syndrome. The night before his first day of school the mother remembers his birth and the first six years of his life. Directed by Anchorage-based Vivienne Melde the play is further enhanced by Learn More
David is a 25-year-old student at UAA who experiences bi-polar disorder as well as ADHD. Today he shares how these special needs and others have impacted his and his brother’s lives. My brother and I were born a year and a month apart. Early on we showed signs of being a little more Learn More
Anchorage Park Foundation – A day of fun for the whole family! Celebrate two new inclusive playgrounds along the Fish Creek Trail (Barbara Street Park and Kiwanis Fish Creek Park) and the groundbreaking of the Fish Creek Trail resurfacing project (coming in Summer 2017).
Join individuals, organizations and government officials who care about issues surrounding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) at an event to elevate FASD awareness in Alaska. PROGRAM: 4:30 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 4:35 p.m. Marcia Davis, Anchorage Deputy Chief of Staff (Governor’s Office) – “Alaska Proclamation” 4:45 p.m. Representative Ivy Spohnholz 5:05 p.m. Family Panel Learn More
Jordyn Cleveland was born deaf. In 2013 her and her family found out why. At the age of 13, Jordyn was diagnosed with Usher syndrome a genetic condition that worsens over time and will further affect her vision. In an effort to expand their support, Jordyn and her mother Mandy recently attended the Usher Syndrome Learn More
The money: There are many factors that make living in Barrow with special needs unlike anywhere else. Basically, living here and having to seek medical professional help = EXPENSIVE and very nerve racking. We have been very lucky with my sister and her getting the medical help she’s needed. But we have also been Learn More
Brittney Toalston is sharing her family’s story with us about what it is like to have a family member with special needs in rural Alaska. This story will be delivered in four parts. My family has lived in Barrow, 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, for the last 29 years. My sister who is Learn More
It’s that time of year again. The mad rush begins! … I would love to sit here and type a blog that reflects a perfect and peaceful life, but that is not my actual reality.
It was the holiday season of 1993 and Barbe was the single mother of 3 children, two daughters and a son, Christopher, who had Touretts, epilepsy, OCD, ADHD and Neurofibromatosis. Because of her son’s serious health care issues he received Social Security benefits and Medicaid. That was until 3 months after Barbe worked two hours Learn More
So here I am pretending I know what I’m doing in writing a “blog”, and to be completely honest, I have no idea what I’m suppose to say. Nor have I ever written “outside-the-box” (well, there was a couple poems for the magazine “Seventeen” many moons ago). People often ask me, how I got in Learn More