My husband, Jim, and I are veterans. You see, we have served in a different kind of battle. We have survived traveling with a child who has special needs. I guess you could call it
- Cynthia Carr Falardeau is the parent of Wyatt, a child with special needs, who is amazing. Wyatt has a limb difference. He has been diagnosed with Autism and Apraxia. Wyatt has developmental delays that include speech, sensory integration, and appropriate socialization. Ms. Falardeau will tell you that she is a mom who is always in “the trenches.” She is constantly advocating for her son. Ms. Falardeau’s passion is being Wyatt’s parent, a role she shares with her husband, Jim in Vero Beach, Florida. Ms. Falardeau is the Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Indian River County and serves on several community and state-wide boards. She is a graduate of Albion College. Ms. Falardeau enjoys encouraging other special needs families through her writing and public speaking. Her work has been published by CNN, Scripps Newspapers, Parenting Special Needs and Florida Parenting Today. Her prayer is for parents, family members, teachers and community members to realize that everyone is special, different and capable of contributing to this world. “Sometime the smallest gifts make the greatest impact. We just have to open our hearts and minds to the limitless possibilities.”
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Learning to advocate for your child is an acquired skill. I can’t say I have done it all perfectly. I can share what I have learned
Summer Inclusion “As our son has grown, he has led the change and taught me a lot about letting go. My advocacy has been instrumental in his development. However, I...
I am a bit like a milk chocolate bar – intense but never dark. However, somehow I still manage to blow people out of the water. I am certain my face is plastered
You pray, plan, and hope that your child can become independent. However, why is it so hard, when they want to claim it? My husband called me aside and in...
You may think I am nuts, but, it’s true. Parents, me included, make it harder than it has to be. I am talking about home and school team meetings. We...