SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN, DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW
I’m the father of two special needs children and the office manager in a MN family law practice. I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes
to gathering up useful links. Here are some articles I’ve culled about handicapped / special needs children, their parenting, the role of the
law, lawyers, and attorneys.
By the way, Huffington Post has a good section called Huffpost Parents , which has run insightful articles on divorce.
Special needs children and the alternatives available for their treatment under the law These sorts of decisions become especially important at the critical and –usually – heart rending times when your child needs to be placed in a hpspital, assisted living facility,or other more restrictive environment.
Touette Syndrom Association (TSA) Minnesota - a scrappy parent run and effective group for those with Tourette Syndrome. Fair Warning – my son has Tourette’s and was in the TSA for years; both my former wife and myself were active in the Tourette Syndrome Association and now my daughter and son and their mom are getting involvedi n it again. It’s been a great group where you can commune with others in the same boat not to mention draw courage inspiration and ideas from others.
My own take on this. I hope this helps. Someone once told me that having a special needs child was like having a child who dies not once but over and over – as when you discover they are handicapped. When you learn the handicap is serious indeed. When you learn she is going to die young, never learn to read, live the rest of their life under the care of strangers, be so alone – you fear- so all alone when you and his other caretakers die. When you see that she really does not grasp the world in its consistency and wonder, when you have that insight as to how the world appears, sounds, acts to her. When you lose one dream, then another—the dreams every parent has for their child – You’ll not be able to care for her. Professionals are required. He’ll never join the Army and be a hero. She’ll never get out
of that wheelchair. He will not get a driver’s license. The sickening realization that yes the government, Wall Street, and most public
institutions are irremediably corrupt and actively maliciously and for profit destroying what little safety net he has. I know for me experiencing events similar to these marked some of the worst days – and nights—of my life.