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A call-in advocacy radio talk show led by two mothers living in the Nation's Capital who share the hurdles of raising kids with disabilities.

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Join us as we discuss the new book Lovers Lame by Robert Rudney. In this book, Rudney "pulls open the curtain on the passionate hidden universe of people with disabilities." Rudney is a disability advocate, defense specialist and... more

Join us in our indepth discussion with Mark Friese, Vice President, Special Needs Group at Merrill Lynch. We will get into the nitty gritty about special needs trusts, such as investment options, choosing an advisor and tips on how to get... more

"Despite improvement in educational opportunity and outcomes, students with disabilities remain substantially less likely to participate in postsecondary education than individuals without disabilities". Join us today as we speak with... more

Conversation with Mark Perriello, President of American Association of People with Disabilities.

Listen to our engaging discussion with Gail Embt, founder of Kinergy Health, and Lauryn Sargent, founder of Stories Inherited. These dynamic women, along with Mark Friese, Vice President of Special Needs Planning at Merrill Lynch discuss... more

Schools are still using restraint and seclusion as discipline methods for our children, and sometimes to terrifying results. Join us as we discuss the Keeping All Students Safe Act with Barbara Trader, Executive Director of TASH... more

Join us in our discussion with Dr. Eric Rossen, Director of Professional Development and Standards at The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and Dr. Kelly Vaillancourt, Director of Government and Professional... more

Join us as we discuss the proposed Able Act with Sara Weir, Vice President of Advocacy and Affilate Relations with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Advisor for Autism Speaks,and Steve... more

Setting up a special needs trust requires legal assistance. Join us as we speak with Mark Friese of Merrill Lynch and Attorney John Laster regarding special needs trusts and important legal considerations.

Marguerite Kelly has been giving parents advice for 25 years and is a columnist for the Washington Post. Mary&Melissa take issue with her advice. See her column of 5/15/13 and then listen to our show.... more