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Jodi Shenal

I am a stay at home mom, passionate about advocating for my children, raising community awareness and writing. I have a beautiful daughter with a rare chromosome deletion and an amazing son on on the Autism Spectrum.

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The Beauty of Inclusion

Inclusion is defined as “the action or state of including or of being included…

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Words that Doctors Should Never Say

“Your baby will likely be incompatible with life.”  “Her heart…

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The Constant Fight of an Autism Mom

As special needs parents, we often feel like we’re in a boxing ring. …

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In Disability, We Find Strength and Abilities

Strength is something you may not believe that you possess, until something turns…

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A Perfect World from an Autism Perspective

AUTISM.  A word small word that can have such a tremendous impact on life. With…

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Raising kids with special needs: Sometimes I just want to be Mom

Some days, it is harder than others to make my way through my extensive list of “must…

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Raising Kids with Special Needs: Life isn’t Always a Walk in the Park

Raising a child with developmental and physical disabilities has given me a greater…

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“Your Child Does That Too?” The Bonding of Special Needs Moms

Having a child with disabilities changes the world that you once knew; it erases…

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Daddy’s The One That Makes Her Laugh - Raising Children with Disabilities

There is a quote that says, "A father holds his daughter's hand for a short…

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Thank You For Treating My Daughter Like A Superstar

Something happened to me today that squeezed my heart so tightly, and left me filled…

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“I’ll Take Care of Her When You Get Too Old” - Raising Children with Disabilties

As parents, we all want to know that our kids will be fine someday without us. …

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Her Ballet Slippers

If you were to walk into the living room of my home, you would see things typical…

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