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Living with a Dual Diagnosis: When Mental Disorder Meets Substance Use Disorder

Mental and emotional disorders present challenges on two fronts: dealing with the disorder itself, and dealing with stigma attached to the disorder. Public understanding has come a long way in recent decades, but it’s still easy to find people who…

When It’s Your Turn to Make Reasonable Accommodations

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, anyone with a disability has the right to “reasonable accommodations“–modifications to public and work environments as required for equal participation in everyday activities. A few examples: employee handbooks in audio form; captions or a…
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Special Needs and Unwanted Surprises: Dealing with Last-Minute Disruptions in an Uncertain World

Read Time 5 Minutes If there’s anything worse than having your plans spoiled, it’s having plans spoiled when they include someone who has autism or Down syndrome, who never heard the unspoken “circumstances permitting” behind “we’ll go to the beach…
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When Your Parent(s) and Your Child(ren) Have Special Needs

Written By Katherine SwartsRead Time 7 Minutes July is National Sandwich Generation Month—a time to honor everyone who has accepted the challenge of helping aging parents while simultaneously raising minor children. Even if your children are self-reliant for their age…