VERO BEACH — Parenting Special Needs Magazine (PSN) is celebrating its third anniversary of providing a full suite of free services at its on-line site. In commemoration of its third year, PSN has started a Different-Ability Awareness Initiative.
PSN is partnering with the Education Foundation of Indian River County, Abilities Resource Center (ARC), Island Pediatrics, Sun-Up Center, and Family Care Council Area 15, children’s authors Angela Ruzicka (Wendy on Wheels book series), Wendy Cartozzo, (Beaux the Blue Crawfish), and Kevin Bloomfield (Mr. Biggs in the City) as well as schools, libraries and numerous groups and organizations around the Treasure Coast to help spread the word about acceptance. The goal of the initiative is to educate the community about acceptance of people with Different Disabilities & Abilities.
“Knowledge is power, but to create change requires understanding. Everybody needs a friend and acceptance begins with a smile” said Chantai Snellgrove, founder of Parenting Special Needs Magazine.
Everyone is encouraged to participate by becoming a friend, displaying a free acceptance poster, sharing a personal story or passing on information about a disability, reading a book to your child, or a group of children, that emphasizes difference and fosters acceptance. The free poster is available for schoolrooms, workplaces, grocery stores or any public facility or area to help people become more aware.
One in every five Americans has a disability. A person may be born with a disability or acquire a disability through illness or accident. Despite the fact that disability is a natural part of life, people with disabilities do not always have access to equal opportunities. Please support the initiative and help end discrimination.
Parenting Special Needs Magazine is a free, bimonthly, online publication serving the special needs community. PSN covers all ages and stages of guiding children/individuals with special needs. PSN empowers parents, caregivers, teachers and friends of special needs children by providing resources, information and inspiration.
For more information, visit www.parentingspecialneeds.org.