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Happy Mother’s Day Special Needs Mom’s!

Happy Mother’s Day Special Needs Mom’s!  We see you.  We appreciate you.  You are loved.  You are not alone.

I understand your struggles as a Special Needs mom.  It’s not easy.  Really its very tough.   Being a mother is already hard enough, but to add the sleepless nights, multiple appointments, medical bills continuing to pile, and trying to love on your husband/partner, other children, and yourself something always gives.  Typically what falls by the wayside is self care.  I always am reminded of the saying “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”

My prayer for you on this Mother’s Day is that your cup is not only filled up but that it overflows with love, appreciation, and rest.  Much needed rest.

Take this Mother’s Day to receive that much needed self care.  Pamper yourself or let your family pamper you.  Get that much needed pedicure or hair color.  Take some time to rest and relax.  You deserve it and much more.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Stay Super, Make Mighty Moves, and Be Blessed!



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Why SOE Nominee Betsy Devos is a Threat to the Special Needs Community

Happy New Year!  We are back to blogging here on Super Mighty Max dot com.
As we gear up for the Inauguration tomorrow of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America, his cabinet members are getting grilled by Democratic Senators during their confirmation hearings.  Over the last few days we have watched the Secretary of Education nominee Betsy Devos, a multi billionaire Republican philanthropist, completely avoid questions on around guns in public schools, higher education, and the federal student loan programs.  She even made a comment that guns are needed in schools to keep the grizzlies away.  What grizzly bears do you know own guns?  Anyway, I digress.

What infuriated me as a Special Needs mom to Super Mighty Max was her response to questions around Special Education and lack of knowledge of existing acts like the federal Individuals with Disability Education Act or IDEA.  This act has governed special education in public schools since the mid-1970s to not exclude those with special needs and disabilities from getting a public education.

VA Democratic Senator Tim Kaine asked Ms. DeVos whether schools that receive tax dollars should be require to meet the requirements of IDEA.

“I think that is a matter that’s best left to the states,” Ms. DeVos replied.

Mr. Kaine came back: “So some states might be good to kids with disabilities, and other states might not be so good, and then what? People can just move around the country if they don’t like how their kids are being treated?”

Ms. DeVos repeated, “I think that is an issue that’s best left to the states.”

“It’s federal law,” an exasperated Mr. Kaine replied.

Secretary of Education nominee Besty Devos is a threat to the Special Needs Community because she does not know what the IDEA is and how this federal program has helped kids with disabilities since the 1970s.  Betsy Devos is inadequate, not knowledgeable of basic education policies and programs, and has no experience in education.  The sad part is with a Republican majority Senate she will likely be confirmed.

Special Needs parents we need to continue to fight and be advocates for our children at all costs.

Stay Super, Make Mighty Moves, and Be Blessed!



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