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Chicago mom and attorney fights for kids with disabilities

Micki Moran launched The Child & Family Law Center of the North Shore to help families with special needs.

Best-selling author Mary O’Donohue’s website continues her mission to spread kindness

Your Ripple Effect is a bucket list, with a twist. It's about giving back to your community.

Chicago mom and playwright finds humor in everyday experiences

"Mamaphobia" takes the everyday struggles of motherhood to the stage.

Special ed teacher’s new book fights prejudice

Colorful children's book told through the eyes of a special needs student was originally inspired by Oprah.

Work is all about play for doll creator

Jodi Norgaard set out to create dolls that make girls like themselves. So far, she's succeeded with Go! Go! dolls.

Giving back: A father’s journey to Cambodia

With wife Leny, son Kyle, 9, and daughter Kayla, 7, by his side, Sou recently spearheaded a fundraiser that collected $7,000 for the homeless and victims of natural disaster in Cambodia.

Carl Foundation preaches Carpe Diem

Carl Vuillaume spent his life having fun. The 16-year-old acted in school plays, participated in band, played sports, relished books and wrote on a regular basis. He lived by the catchphrase: Carpe diem. In 2005, he drowned while vacationing with his family in Minnesota.

Scales & Tales Travelling Zoo

Traveling zoo keeper brings exotic animals to children

CPS principal making opportunities

Luis Soria's is an award-winning principal, past recipient of the Kohl McCormick Award for excellence in early childhood education and the first Latino in Chicago to become a National Board certified teacher.

Mask maker gets kick out of changing faces

Chicago dad Jeff Semmerling wants to share his love of making masks with Chicago kids.
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