Summer 2012


Jack Falejczyk is a pretty typical kid--he plays the violin and piano, swims and plays video games. And one more thing, Jack's blind. more

Aug 9, 2012 11:16 AM Chicago Parent Archives

Easter Seals recently opened an Autism Diagnostic Clinic that will focus primarily on very young children. more

Aug 9, 2012 11:10 AM Chicago Parent Archives


Photos by Frank Pinc

Opportunity Knocks creates a seamless environment for those age 14-30 with developmental disabilities to pursue educational, occupational and social interests. more

Aug 9, 2012 10:51 AM Chicago Parent Archives

For many developmentally delayed children, picky eating is a serious health problem. more

Aug 9, 2012 10:15 AM Chicago Parent Archives

A new powerpoint presentation helps explain Asperger's syndrome to other children in the classroom. more

Aug 9, 2012 10:01 AM Chicago Parent Archives

Donate $30 to Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, and Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods will deliver your child a special birthday gift. more

Aug 9, 2012 9:59 AM Chicago Parent Archives

A new product helps make it easier for children with special needs to hold an iPad. more

Aug 9, 2012 9:52 AM Chicago Parent Archives

Special Talents America is inviting singers, musicians, dancers, actors, comedians and magicians who have disabilities to audition for its 2012 talent show. The event will be held Nov. 5 in Naperville. more

Aug 9, 2012 9:49 AM Chicago Parent Archives

Adolescents with autism are far less likely than their peers with other disabilities to hang out with friends after school or attend group activities. more

Aug 9, 2012 9:46 AM Chicago Parent Archives


Photo By Katie Driscoll

Abby Scott, our cover child, likes horseback riding, playing soccer, riding her bike and playing with her cousins, friends and fellow Brownies. The 7-year-old Chicago girl also happens to have cerebral palsy and a smile that can warm the coldest heart. more

Jul 9, 2012 6:24 PM Chicago Parent Archives

In the span of four months we were asked to leave two preschool programs. It took more than two and a half years to get a diagnosis. For some reason, not one professional wanted to break the news to me. more

Jul 9, 2012 5:38 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Raising children on the autism spectrum - regardless of where they are on that spectrum - can hardly be described as "exciting." more

Jul 9, 2012 5:24 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Getting out in nature doesn't have to mean misery. Canyon of the Eagles in Texas can help. more

Jun 21, 2012 10:07 AM Travel

Think traveling has to break the bank? Think again. Here's how to find free things to do at your destination. more

Jun 21, 2012 9:40 AM Travel

Ready to hit the spa? Let the little ones go to their own passport to adventure, while mom and dad relax. more

Jun 21, 2012 9:20 AM Travel

It's not just the Cubs and the White Sox. The Chicago area has four other professional baseball teams that are affordable and cater to family fun. more

May 24, 2012 5:22 PM PLAY

Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance has two events that bookend the summer - Bike the Drive on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, and the Four Star Bike Tour at the end of August. more

May 23, 2012 10:25 AM In the City

The Oriental Institute was built almost 100 years ago to house the work of University of Chicago archeologists. Today it is stocked with some of the world's oldest, and most fascinating, treasures. more

May 21, 2012 4:01 PM Museums

There are 33 beaches along the lakefront and some of the best for families are the ones you might never hear about. more

May 21, 2012 3:00 PM In the City

Chicago finally gets an on-the-water boat show. more

May 21, 2012 2:54 PM In the City