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Randi S.

The Adapted Life is a blog is for parents of children with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities who want to live a normal family life in a household likely filled with assistive technology (AT), paperwork and appointments. I am a parent of a teen with cerebral palsy who uses AT for... Full Bio
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A Short Poem by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities This is a short poem about chance, hope, reality and love. A Different Kind of Lottery one in a million a different kind o ... Read on »
Accessible Fun for All Ages - Whale Watching by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities We spent several days last week (before school starts today!) visting with the grandparents on Cape Cod. To celebrate their anniversary, we all went out on a whale watc ... Read on »
Care for Disabled Adults...with Autism by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities The Boston Globe ran an article this past weekend about a wonderfully large grant received by Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston) to start a first of it's kind speciali ... Read on »
Cones for Kids with Special Needs by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities The Cotting School here in Massachusetts, one of the oldest private schools for children with disabilities, asks for your support of their sister school, Wings of Hope, ... Read on »
Home-School Communication Ideas by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I make a leap of faith every morning when I send my non-verbal son on the van to school. How did his day go? Did he eat a good lunch? How well did he participate i ... Read on »
In Out, In Out by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities It seems the most I can take my two kids and one wheelchair in and out of the car is twice per outing. Call me lazy, call me weak but after two errands I have exhausted my ... Read on »
Including Graham by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities My husband and I had the chance to view Dan Habib's moving and honest documentary, Including Samuel. Like Samuel, our son with cerebral palsy was an adorable, affable p ... Read on »
Introduction by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I've been thinking about blog topics now for a while - I've got quite a list - so I decided it's time to go for it. I hope other parents out there with children with specia ... Read on »
iPods in the Classroom? A Primer for Parents by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Parents, educators and assistive technology pros are abuzz about ways to use Apple’s iPod Touch and iPhone to support special education students in the classroom. Wit ... Read on »
It's Not Autism by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I keep a mental inventory of all the thing that I love about my son despite his special needs and challenges. Here's my list of his have's and have not's ... Read on »
It's Trendy to be Slow by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I never knew we were trend setters. I've seen a few articles published recently, and a trend-setting book entitled "In Praise of Slowness" by Carl Honore,"  expoun ... Read on »
Oh No, Not Another Picture Book! by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities As we approach the holidays, well-meaning family and friends will likely ask for gift suggestions for our son with special needs. This can be a tough question, but if you d ... Read on »
Poking Fun at Disability Awareness by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities It's ok to make light of disabilities when you live with them. And why not? There are plenty of people who do and say stupider things about disabilities out of ign ... Read on »
Review: Schyler's Monster - and Dad by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I make an extra effort to read novels that include children with disabiltiies and especially those using augmentative communication. So the book Schyler's Monster ... Read on »
Stray Thoughts About Motivators by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I have recently started writing the Assistive Technology (AT) column for the Federation's Newsline newsletter. As a parent of a child who uses lots of AT, I have beco ... Read on »
Uphill (and Downhill) All the Way by Randi S. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities When you live in New England, the cold winter is FAR more enjoyable if you embrace the outdoors. And we try to do that. My son and husband are an adapted downhil ... Read on »