They May Be Simple Stories but Their Meaning is Big!

Karen Franco is a children’s book author and Jacob’s Mom. Writing has always been her passion. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She always felt she could communicate better in writing. It was also therapeutic for her especially after her son, Jacob, came into her life. "His special needs brought such a different dimension to my life and I had to learn to cope with all the challenges…writing does that for me." She thought that telling simple stories about Jacob as … [Read more...]

A Mission of Kindness and Awareness for ALL!

Join our autism nonprofit and Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books in spreading “Kindness and Awareness” by educating all children about children with autism and other special needs. We create autism awareness education and curriculum so parents and teachers can introduce important topics of autism in the inclusive classroom. Someone Special Books allows the parent or educator to further personalize the message of acceptance through their customizable picture books. Working in collaboration, we help children develop the compassion and … [Read more...]

Two Special Moms Create Something Special for Special Needs Kids

Explaining Your Child's Special Needs to Kids Take two moms, Kate Ryan (on left) and Heather McCarthy (on right), friends who also happen to be teachers. Add their ingenuity and desire to teach children that special needs children are no different than anyone else. Mix in their aspirations as children's authors with a mission "to spread the message of acceptance and kindness through personalized picture books.” What do you get? The formula for something really special! Introduce yourselves and tell us more about your mission: We are both … [Read more...]

I Claim Her Right to Live Without Abuse

By Yadira V. Calderon I am often extremely concerned with the statistics of children with special needs that experience abuse at a higher rate compared to their non-disabled peers. But stats lack purpose and reality for me, and I rarely find them meaningful or interesting. As a parent of a child with special needs, I am compelled to highlight my concern and to create awareness and sensitization to the ones that face molestation, to be a voice for the voiceless and innocent who are robbed of the joy of growing up in an emotionally and … [Read more...]

Project Heart Touch
Free E-book
You Are Not Alone

The first release of Project Heart Touch, an e-book about autism, Aspergers and special needs communities on Facebook is available for download. So moved by these communities and the support, inspiration, and camaraderie one can find, I asked for submissions and created this compilation so parents and individuals on the spectrum can more easily find their virtual support system on Facebook. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Take a peek inside: Shayla from Parenting By the Seat of My Pants has this to say about PROJECT HEART TOUCH... Wonderful! This … [Read more...]