A peek into the life of a Chicago area mom of 9, four with special needs

Tracy Balnis owns Rissi's Old Time Candy & Toys in Berwyn. But she's also raising nine children, four of whom have special needs. Read...

 

Special needs moving into the spotlight as companies embrace inclusion

As more and more companies include children with special needs in advertising efforts, advocates say this is validation of just how important special needs families are in society today. Read...

 

Chicago special needs fair seeks to empower families

NPN's Developmental Differences Resource Fair will provide families with easy access to service providers and businesses specializing in special needs. Workshops will focus on challenges families face at home, in the community and at school. Read...

 

Video: Chicago area family shares positive impact of Special Olympics

Back in the spring Chicago Parent's former editor Susy Schultz followed the story of a suburban Chicago family as one of their children competed in the regional Special Olympics. Read...

 

Health Savings Accounts 101 for families

A tax-preferred Health Savings Account can help a family accumulate a stash of cash for medical expenses. Our money columnist Lela Davidson runs down the details of starting an account. Read...

 

How to talk to your kids about special needs

Fifty-seven thousand students with disabilities are enrolled in the Chicago Public School system. How can families talk to their kids about children with special needs? Read...

 

Help your special needs child with bullies

Parents will always worry about their kids and try to do what it takes to keep them safe. But when it comes to the bullying a child with special needs may face, it's hard for parents to know how to help. Read...

 

Lurie Children's Hospital home to one of a kind voice program

Imagine not hearing your child's first words or giggles or hearing a voice that doesn't sound entirely normal. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago houses the Pediatric Voice Program, Chicago's only program dedicated to voice conditions. Read...

 

Chicago family overcoming daughter's Apert syndrome

When Chris and Kerry Lynch's daughter Mary Cate was born, they found out she had Apert syndrome. Since then, the family has made it their mission to bring awareness to the rare condition.  Read...

 
 







 
 
 
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