Alright, so I'm back with a list of all things special needs-related I'm reading this week. I've been interested for a while in the suggested link between diet and autism, and while this article's usage of the word "cure" annoys me, it's an interesting piece on how there are differences in the bacteria found in the intestines … Continue reading My special needs reads #2
Running a press release which I received about an event in Dubai this coming weekend, which aims to raise awareness about special needs kids and allows them to enjoy themselves in a relaxed setting while interacting with kids who go to mainstream schools. Also, it's Karan's birthday on February 22 ... so go celebrate! 😀 … Continue reading Special needs event on Saturday, Feb 22, in Dubai!
Just received an email today from Manzil Centre for Challenged Individuals based in Sharjah about its latest initiative to support, and, most importantly, empower its students with special needs. Individuals and companies who wish to gift their friends, family or colleagues presents created by children with special needs can contact Manzil with any customisable requests. … Continue reading Support local special needs school’s craft initiative
The following image from http://www.postsecret.com When I saw this post, I started thinking about those who deny the existence of special needs in their children, and withhold from them the opportunity to get any therapy that might be needed. I've come across those who are offended at the idea that their child might have "something … Continue reading Accept the difference. Don’t ignore it.
I posted about this last year too. I'm ashamed to say I'd nearly given up since then. I know people, on more than just an acquaintance level, who say "retard" all the time. I tried with a few, but they just don't change. They promise they won't say it, but then they do. I feel … Continue reading Please stop saying the word retard
I need to have a fangirl "SSQQQQQQQUUUUUUEEEEEEEEE!!!" at this point. Last night, while skimming my Twitter timeline, my eyes got stuck on a tweet that had the following words: "Hey girl" ... "Ryan Gosling" and... "SPECIAL NEEDS" *click click click* WORK FASTER, INTERNET SPEEDS, DAMN IT! I absolutely love it! Created by Sunday Stilwell, the … Continue reading Ryan Gosling’s ‘Hey Girl…’ – Special needs edition! by @xtremeparnthood
Not many people understood. "I'm taking two weeks off from work in December," I said. "Oh where are you going?" they asked. "Nowhere," I replied. I was staying in Dubai and planned to spend these two weeks off looking after Karan while my parents went to India. It was hard as it was to get my … Continue reading Mission: Two weeks without Mom
That's just a small fraction of the books that was loaded into the bus that came to pick it all up a few days ago. I want to thank everyone who donated their books to raise money for Manzil. I had nearly 2,000 in my house, and my father for one, is extremely happy that … Continue reading Participate in a special Sports Carnival + the #manzilbooks update
The first time we stayed away from home, the first time we travelled far with our friends and the first time we used a sleeping bag. How many of us will remember these experiences? These and many more experiences were felt during Manzil's overnight camp at Ain Al Madhab Gardens in Fujairah. What made this … Continue reading Special needs children enjoy camping in Fujairah (via Gulf News)
Guest post by Adita Divecha, Karan's mother Last year, we (Karan, Devina and myself) went to get our Emirates ID cards done, but later on found out that since Karan was only 14 then, he did not require a card to be made. So it was his turn this year, since he'd turned 15, to … Continue reading Getting an Emirates ID card for someone with special needs