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Friendship Circle Buys Bakery to Expand Jobs for People with Special Needs

Friendship Circle recently purchased the West Bloomfield-based Dakota Bread Company to provide training and career opportunities for adults with special needs.
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Should You Use Special Needs or Disabilities?

The term "special needs" is all encompassing but is it ok to use the word "disabilities" too? We took a closer look to find out when each term is appropriate.
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The Color of Autism Hopes to Empower Families

The Color of Autism Foundation works to educate and empower Black families of kids with autism through ongoing parent training and other resources.
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Alternative Baseball is Coming to Flat Rock

Taylor Duncan was diagnosed with autism as a child and was denied opportunities to play ball as a kid. Now, he's bringing alternative baseball to kids in Flat Rock.
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Parenting with Autism

Local dad and autism advocate Ron Sandison talks about parenting with autism and how his diagnosis plays a role in the way that he parents.
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Parenting with Cerebral Palsy

Parenting in general is tough, but parenting with cerebral palsy, a disability that limits your body's movement, presents a new set of challenges.
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Planning Your IEPs During COVID

Find out what you need to know to advocate for your child with developmental disabilities and get tips to help plan your IEPS during COVID, too.
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10 Barrier-Free Playgrounds in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

These barrier-free playgrounds in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor offer kids with disabilities a fun and safe outdoor activity.
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5 Things I Wish I’d Known About Parenting a Child With ADHD

Parenting a child with ADHD can be a challenging path. A St. Clair Shores mom shares her feelings on what she's learned from her young son so far.
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Special Needs Events for Kids and Parents in Metro Detroit

Parents of children with special needs in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor can plan ahead for fun activities, sensory-friendly movie showings and more that are tailored to meet their needs.

Which Activities Will Keep My Kids Busy While Providing Learning Opportunities?

Diane Nancarrow, MA, CCC-SLP of Kaufman Children's Center offers advice for families.
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Depression in Kids: Identifying and Treating This Mental Health Issue

Clinical depression in kids and adolescents is rising, along with correlated suicides. Here's how to spot this often-hidden mood disorder – and help kids.