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What is self-care?

What is self-care?

When I started DAMES three years ago, I thought the answer was simple. It was mindfulness, exercise, and access to knowledge. But over time I listened to my members and learned from them. In doing so, the concept of self-care for me changed in unexpected ways....

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Lessons Learned and a New Project for 2021

The beginning of the legislative session came with a rush of excitement. One year after attending the Pilot Parent Program of Southern Arizona’s Partners in Leadership program I was ready. I gathered data, contacted my local Senator, found allies within the community...

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Bills, Bills, Bills

The legislative session has begun, and we are now in a sprint to the finish line. For a year I have been working with Senator Bowie from Legislative District 18 on two bills that will benefit the disability community in Arizona. SB1633-...

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What’s Your 2020 Story?

This year we have all experienced an extraordinary event together- a global pandemic. This year was unlike any other year we have ever experienced and most likely something that we will never experience again. We have isolated, we have home schooled, we have tried to...

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The Continuation of Self

When my son was diagnosed with autism, I knew that working in a lab as a geneticist or as a professor wouldn’t be in the cards for a while, but I was getting anxious, depressed, quiet.  I had just received my Master of Science degree from Arizona State University and...

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The Power of Advocacy

If COVID-19 has taught us anything it is that if you are raising a child who has a disability- you need to learn how to advocate. During this pandemic we saw some companies, schools and departments of government really step-up to help our community, but we also saw...

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More Needs to be Done for Special Needs Families

A Call to Action Last week I reached out to families and asked them to share their stories about how online in-home schooling is going and to find out what more needs to be done. Parents are worried about their children falling behind because schools are not making...

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Create a One Page Intro for your Child

How to create a one page information guide for you child. Therapists and teachers go in and out of our children’s lives… almost like a revolving door. I can remember at one time we were juggling 3 doctors, 5 ABA therapist, 1 speech therapist, and 1 physical therapist....

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