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Kara Melissa

Kara Melissa Sharp is a stay-at-home mom and transplant Torontonian after several years living and teaching abroad. She has two young children, Sebastian and Tallula. Sebastian has cerebral palsy and seizure disorder but more importantly, he loves telling jokes, going fast in his Green Blazer (wheelchair), swimming, and playing soccer in his walker. Tallula adores her big brother, providing a lot of comic relief while entertaining him (and keeping us on our toes!) with her adventurous spirit. Kara's one true love is a journalist who masquerades as a coffee roaster on the weekends. When she's not having dance parties in the living room with her kiddos, she's writing stories or sewing and getting ready for Sebastian’s service dog Ewok to join the family at home this autumn.

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Special Needs Families: My son and his service dog

We’ve had Ewok, our son’s golden doodle, at our home for one week. In…

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Special Needs Families: Getting ready for Ewok

We recently had our first training session with Sebastian’s service dog, Ewok.…

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Special Needs Parenting: Two Kids, Two Schools

The Friday before the school year was set to begin, we took an impromptu tour of…

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Special Needs: Riding the Bus

Sebastian has been riding a bus to school for the past three years. He commutes to…

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Football and Friendship

I was never sure if he would enjoy watching sports because I thought he would never…

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Battle Scars and Bellies

I was afraid of something that ultimately made your life so much easier and gave…

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Through the Lens

Sebastian has epilepsy due to the damage caused to his brain at birth. 

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Around the World with Sebastian: Travelling with a child with Cerebral Palsy

Sebastian is a world traveler. By the time he was 2 he had more stamps in his passport…

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Relationship Advice Part 2 of 3: To parents dealing with a new Cerebral Palsy diagnosis

Dealing with a new diagnosis of any kind is an indescribable event to take place.…

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Seb’s GoTo Adventure

Sebastian got to try out the new Firefly GoTo Seat by Leckey, size 1, which…

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