Phew! 2016 is almost over, and what a year it's been. This year brought innovations, opportunities, insights, and more for kids with special needs and their families.
Some of our favorite stories from 2016 were about parents who were inspired by their children's disabilities to make a change in the world. We talked to:
2016 also saw researchers working to make life better for kids with disabilities—from the doctor who's re-engineering toys for kids with mobility issues to the research lab that's working on a device to help anticipate autistic meltdowns.
Some retailers also worked to make their stores more accessible for people with disabilities—by doing things like offering quiet shopping hours—an initiative that I'm hoping will be picked up by many other stores in 2017!
And then we got to see more of kids with special needs in ads and on the runway—including the adorable Asher Nash, a toddler with Down Syndrome who just had his first professional photo shoot.
What a year! We hope that 2017 brings even more wonderful opportunities for kids with disabilities and their families.
Jamie Pacton lives near Lake Michigan, where she drinks loads of coffee, dreams of sailing, and enjoys each day with her husband and two sons. Find her at www.jamiepacton.com.