Workforce Engagement: Working With Special Needs Parents

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I stared at the director in disbelief.  I was in a meeting with my 3rd line supervisor and he had just told me that I would be required to physically be in the office every work day.  What’s wrong with that, you ask?  Well, he might as well have told me that I was fired because I knew that my time at the agency would soon come to an end.  Let me explain.   Continue reading “Workforce Engagement: Working With Special Needs Parents”

Raising a Deaf Child with Additional Needs

This article was originally published in HuffPost on July 12, 2017.

Raising a child who is deaf and has additional needs can at times be very frustrating.  Our oldest daughter is deaf and has cerebral palsy.  After we received her diagnosis, I felt very isolated because I didn’t know any other children who had this particular set of challenges.  When Julia was young, people were kind to us but you could always see the sympathy in their eyes.  Many times, my wife and I felt like we were the only ones (or at least one of the few) who struggle to raise a child with this unique set of circumstances. Continue reading “Raising a Deaf Child with Additional Needs”