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Fiona Russo

I'm a busy mother of four, wife of one, and doctoral candidate to my ever-patient university colleagues. My passions in life are many, but there are never enough hours in the day!

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Where are the age appropriate toys?

It can be very difficult to encourage Charlie to play with toys. She’s never…

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First words at five!

Charlie is a five-year-old girl with Rett Syndrome.  People with Rett are often…

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Our daughter’s Rett syndrome is a constantly evolving beast.  In the first…

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We’re showing our disabled daughter the World!

It's so important to us that Charlie is able to see and experience as much of…

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Three Cheers for the ‘Low-Maintenance’ Friends - Special Needs Parenting

I’ve seen a number of posts here lately about how to talk to people –…

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Here’s to Siblings of Children with Disabilities

I’d like to post a ‘thank you’ today.

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“Actually, It’s a Wheelchair”

A few months ago, we bought Charlie’s first wheelchair. It’s designed…

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Special needs parenting: a ‘shout out’ to the daddies

Let me begin by saying that I’m aware that the sweeping generalisations I make…

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How To Survive Being Friends With a Special Needs Parent

It can be hard to be a friend to a special needs parent sometimes. We can be highly…

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Adapting Christmas Traditions for Our Daughter

We went to get our family photo with Santa yesterday. 

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As Charlie Gets Bigger, Our Home Seems to Get Less Accessible

My parents have always been nomadic.  Dad is a builder and except for my high…

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Special Needs Parenting: My letter to a future employer

Birthday parties are a big deal for any child, but it’s never straightforward…

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