A Look Ahead: Bittersweet 2.0

This post marks the completion of our 16th issue of Bittersweet, focused on supporting families with special needs. What a joy it’s been to learn of all the truly inspiring [...]

The Challenges and Rewards of Special Education ~ By Kim Palombo

I grew up in a large and close-knit Italian-Irish family in New Jersey.  When I was six years old, my aunt and uncle had a child with severe autism.  It was a [...]



Earlier this week, Jen Godzwa shared some thoughts from her own experience. Here’s what she had to say about how others can best support families with special needs: “Talk about [...]

Meet Levi ~ An Interview with Jen Godzwa

Jen Godzwa is a loving wife and dedicated mom to three energetic and fun-loving boys, ages 6, 8, and 10. At the age of 5, her son Levi (now 8) [...]

Jill’s House Photo Essay

Jill’s House is a place filled with fun, friends and adventure! It provides a much-needed break for parents and families, but it also offers new and exciting experiences for children with special needs. One [...]


The Jill’s House Story

‘Celebrating special children. Renewing families.’ This is the motto of Jill’s house, a safe haven where parents of children with intellectual disabilities can bring their children. Parents and caregivers are [...]


Ribbons of Color, Jamila Rahimi

Art Enables does exactly what its name claims – It enables artists with special needs by supplying them with the tools and resources needed to create and sell beautiful and [...]


Org Story: Art Enables

Very often, people with developmental disabilities are able to express themselves better through images than through words. Art Enables has used this knowledge and understanding to build a creative and [...]


New Vision Photography – The Work

New Vision Photography teaches its students to appreciate and find beauty in all its forms. It reminds us that human potential can look and even sound very different than what [...]


New Vision Photography – A Story of Opportunity

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities suffer from high unemployment rates. Most of the employment training opportunities available are found in retail, janitorial or food service. Yet, history has shown [...]