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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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Listen to our discussion with Sarah Peterson, Executive Director of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia. We explore parenting children with autism, the resources and supports that organizations like the Autism Society can provide,... more

Our guests today are Mark Friese, Vice President, Special Needs Group, Merrill Lynch and Tashna M. Felix, Psy.D., CSOTP of Professional Psychological Services based in Alexandria, Virgina. Dr. Felix's practice is focused on serving... more

We are joined by Daryn Allday, Owner and Operator of Stay Well Home Health Care of Northern Virginia. Daryn will help us understand home health care and if it is an option for your family now or in the future. Also we are joined by... more

Dr. Patricia Quinn is a developmental pediatrician in Washington DC and the author of more than 10 books on ADHD, and joins us on our show. She is cofounder and director of the Center for Girls and Women with ADHD. We will... more

Parents of children with autism worry about what will happen when their children age out of school. Will they be ready for the world of work? Will the workplace be ready for them? We are joined by Scott Wilbur, Transition Director, Next Level... more

Join us to learn about pooled special needs trusts. Families with people with special needs need to set aside money to ensure the independence and quality of life of their family member with disability. Pooled special needs trusts is... more

In our salute to Veterans and all members of the military we sit down with two psychologists to discuss emotional well being for children of deployed military parents, and mental health and suicide prevention for members of the military.... more

Joining us will be Kaitlyn Taylor Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst/Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst for an in depth discussion on ABA - a widely used therapy for autism. We will discuss why ABA is choosen, how data... more

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