Archive for the “parenting a child with special needs” Category

At the park — but not out of the woods — with Gus

July 2, 20177 CommentsPosted in Mike Knezovich, Mondays with Mike, parenting a child with special needs, politics, travel, Whitney

Huge thanks to all of you who read Mike’s excellent post about the potential changes to Medicaid and forwarded it on to others, commented to it on Facebook, and, especially, to those of you who contacted your legislators. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delayed the vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) until […]

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Mondays with Mike: It’s up to us

June 26, 201712 CommentsPosted in Beth Finke, Mike Knezovich, Mondays with Mike, parenting a child with special needs, politics

Meet Gus, our son. He’s 30. He laughs heartily when I sing to him in a Louis Armstrong voice. He loves music, especially stuff that has unusual rhythms—Prince is a favorite. He doesn’t seem to be able to see very well straight ahead, but he manages with his peripheral vision. And he knows Beth’s voice […]

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For Mother’s Day this year? Blind mums

May 13, 201714 CommentsPosted in blindness, parenting a child with special needs, radio, technology for people who are blind

I subscribe to a podcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) called Ouch. It features BBC journalists with disabilities who bring their personal experiences to the table, and it can be downright charming to hear them talk about disability in their lovely British and Irish accents. It’s intriguing, too, to hear how British and Irish […]

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Mondays with Mike: Real life comes calling

February 27, 20173 CommentsPosted in Mike Knezovich, Mondays with Mike, parenting a child with special needs, politics

As many of you know, our son Gus lives in a group home in Wisconsin that is operated by Bethesda Lutheran Communities. Gus is developmentally disabled, and he lives with three other developmentally disabled men in a yellow ranch home in a bucolic little burg called Watertown. Some terrific people have cared for Gus and […]

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Mark your calendars: Beth Finke is going Speechless for an entire half-hour tonight

September 21, 201610 CommentsPosted in blindness, Mondays with Mike, parenting a child with special needs, Uncategorized

A new TV Comedy about a family with a son who has special needs hired a young actor with a disability to play the part. Speechless premieres on ABC tonight at 7:30 central time, and I’ll be watching. Okay, listening. You might remember my negative review of a TV comedy that debuted in 2014 about […]

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