This is a story of a parent of a special needs child and my challenges and successes.
“Shanel” – written and performed by Taylor Bonds
The Power of Friendship-
A lot of focus is placed on the gifts inclusive friendships offer the individual with a disability. Taylor wrote this song in honor of Shanel, one of her best friends in high school who has Down syndrome. The sentiment shared in the lyrics highlight the gifts that Shanel in turn brought to Taylor’s life. The memories of their friendship are also displayed through the pictures accompanying this beautiful song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjxkpXZKnP8
Shanel’s Awesome Life
Shanel is a self advocate who enjoys telling her story to help dispel anyone’s preconceived notion that her life has been anything less than awesome! As 27-year-old woman with Down syndrome Shanel has had her fair share of challenges, but that has not, nor will it, stop her from living the life of her dreams. http://collaborateadvocatenavigate.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Shanels-Awesome-Life.pptx
Raymond and Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome Part 1 – An Interview with Julie Reister
Raymond is a talented musician who has a story to be told. Even though he has a very rare condition – Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome – he is an engaging fun loving man who is an accomplished pianist. Here is part one of his story. https://youtu.be/_EmLp-UKzCE
Population One – Written by Tyler McNamer
See the world through the eyes of someone who has autism.
Tyler wrote his book to help people understand what it’s like to have autism. Tyler wants to give his readers “a front row seat to my life, mind, and my special way of looking at the world.”
On a mission to overcome the label that many with autism have suffered with for years. https://www.autismworks.com/facebook?fbclid=IwAR23rn5n8PQpD31DBrjXvsEPA6IZ4nNXsq66HF08bAxB6LYsfUt8CNBXcP0
This is a story about how we can work together to help people with special needs
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