families with special needs

Holiday Relationship Repair for Families

When holiday season rolls around, we all want to be able to sit around the dinner table and experience something reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting. Unfortunately, the holidays tend to bring out the worst in some families. Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-author of the bestselling Emotional Intelligence 2.0, shares some insight on how to repair relationships between family members by focusing on the manner in which conflict is handled.

Morgan's Wonderland to Team up with EMHE

Ultra-accessible family fun park Morgan’s Wonderland is teaming up with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE) to build a new home for a wounded warrior and his family in San Antonio, TX. According to a joint press release, the deserving recipient of this new home will be Army SSgt. Shilo Harris, who was critically injured in Iraq when the truck he was riding in struck an IED.

New TSA Helpline for Special Needs Travelers

Families with special needs may now have an easier time navigating airport security screenings. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently rolled out a new toll free hotline called TSA Cares. Travelers with special medical conditions are encouraged to speak to a representative who will provide them with information about what to expect when going through the screening process as it relates to their special needs. When necessary, TSA disability experts will personally speak to the passenger or caregiver, or provide security checkpoint support at the airport.

Merrill Lynch Debuts Special Needs Calculator

Merrill Lynch has developed a financial calculator exclusively designed for families of children with special needs. This tool helps families structure their finances by factoring the costs of assistive equipment for homes, such as wheelchair ramps, roll-in showers, and adapted vehicles for transport. The calculator also considers a child’s ongoing needs, including replacement costs for equipment, physical therapy and even travel expenses for medical care.

Susie Bean Helps Families with Special Needs

Dr. R. Layla Salek knows firsthand the financial strain that families experience when struggling to help a loved one with mental illness or autism. As the daughter of a mother diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Dr. Salek ‘s passion for working with children with mental illness started very young. She has also worked with children with autism spectrum disorders since 2001.

Special Needs Theme Park First of Its Kind

On 25 acres in Northeast San Antonio lies the world’s first theme park designed with individuals with special needs in mind. Morgan’s Wonderland, inspired by the daughter of philanthropist Gordon Hartman, has welcomed more than 200,000 guests from all 50 states and 35 other countries in less than two years.

Special Needs at Sea

When Andrew Garnett founded Special Needs at Sea four years ago, he was making equipment deliveries in his own car. “I would get up at three in the morning and drive to Port Canaveral, make my deliveries there, and then I’d drive across the state and make deliveries in Tampa and then drive back,” Garnett recalls. Now his company is able to deliver special needs equipment in 99 cities around the world, in over 20 countries.