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Tommy’s journey

Tommy Boyce is a typical toddler -- curious, active and loves learning about the world around him. But due to a respiratory birth defect, his daily routine couldn't be more different.

Navigating care for a medically complex child

Managing the health care of a child with complex medical issues is challenging, even for the most organized parent.

Beeping basketball cues blind players

Basketball is an American pastime that visually impaired individuals have never been able to enjoy—until now.

Skaters have a need for speed

Tania McCarthy has been skating for years and started her son on skates when he was only 4.

Show just for kids with autism

Specialized shows help expose children with autism to the theater.

Building friendships with LEGOs

Local children with autism spectrum disorders are invited to take part in a new LEGO club in Deerfield.

Dolls designed for kids with asthma and allergies

Kids with severe allergies now have their own baby doll to snuggle.

Costumes for kids with special needs

A new line of dress-up costumes for kids with special needs is hitting the streets this month, just in time for Halloween.

Photo Essay | Losing the training wheels

Chicago Parent photographer Frank Pinc watches Matthew Williams, who has cerebral palsy, hit the road in a specially designed bike.

My Life | Mom of three autistic boys finds special joy in Mother’s Day

My story is simple: I am a single mom. I have three sons. They have autism.
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