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These posts provide resources and perspective for parents who are themselves dealing with a disability, and/or have children who are facing physical, cognitive, developmental disabilities and impairments.

Dear Hearing People

By April 20, 2016 1 Comment
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This post originally appeared on Sarah Snow’s Glide Page. Over the past 18 months, I have learned a lot about the Deaf community, its people and their culture. One thing in particular I’ve learned is that there are many misconceptions that hearing people have about those who are deaf. This is mainly due to the […]

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What Is Thimerosal and Why Are Some People Worried About it?

By April 14, 2016 3 Comments
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“I don’t wanna put mercury in my baby, Doc; it’s poison.”  After Robert DeNiro’s anti-vaccination massive misstep Tuesday, I’m yet again, dreading hearing these words. This is where, as a pediatrician, I grit my teeth (sorry, dentists).  I know that when I parent tells me this,  that science has lost another battle with fear in […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting


Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, But That’s Not the Point

By March 7, 2016 27 Comments
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 When I was studying vaccine safety communication in grad school, I didn’t really think about autism as being a part of the conversation. That correlation had been disproved so thoroughly time and time again, I thought about autism only in a statistical sense. I thought of it in terms of t-tests and chi-squares. Yes, I […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines


Is Monsanto Behind Cases of Microcephaly in Brazil?

By February 17, 2016 12 Comments
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I am a medical doctor and professor of public health, and I am also the father of a beautiful daughter and uncle to the world’s best niece.  We also live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  We are being inundated with information and misinformation about Zika and its correlation to microcephaly.  There is a lot of […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting


Can Bleach, Turpentine or Miracle Mineral Solution Cure Childhood Ailments?

By February 16, 2016 4 Comments
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Would you ever consider swallowing bleach or turpentine? What about giving yourself an enema with bleach? To most of us this sounds horrible, but a small group of well-meaning but terribly misguided parents is choosing to feed their children these toxic substances in hopes of curing everything from the common cold to autism. While small […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Science 101 + Mythbusting


What is Microcephaly + What’s the Link to Zika?

By February 1, 2016 1 Comment
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  With the increasing news coverage of Zika and it’s reported link to the birth defect microcephaly we’ve received a number of reader questions about microcephaly and what it actually means for children born with the condition.  We reached out to infectious disease specialist, Dr. Judy Stone, to answer some of your questions. What does […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants


Zika and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

By January 19, 2016 2 Comments
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The Zika virus has been in the news a lot lately because it’s been linked to a cluster of cases of microcephaly in Brazil and Columbia. Microcephaly is a rare birth defect where the fetus’ brain does not develop fully in utero, and as a result, the baby is born with an abnormally small head […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants


It’s All Just Too Awful: On the Eve of the Int’l Day of Persons with Disabilities, The IRC Shooting Takes Center Stage

By December 3, 2015 No Comments
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I’m sitting here in shock and horror that the only possible post that’s worthy of our parenting blog at this moment is one that is yet again, about senseless, horrific acts of violence. This one hits much closer to home for me, though. When I saw several alerts cross my Twitter feed on Wednesday afternoon about […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health