Choose Joy!

The special needs parenting journey is challenging. We want you to find more opportunities to choose joy - every step of the way.

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More than a decade and a half ago, our lives took an unexpected turn. After a routine 20-week ultrasound revealed that our unborn daughter was likely to face some challenges, we began a journey that we hadn’t planned. In the beginning, every step we took was filled with uncertainty and fear. But, over the years, the unfamiliar has become our new normal and we have learned to embrace our different kind of special. Now, we’d like to help others do the same.

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What Different Kind of Special offers to you:

We want to help you navigate this journey as a special needs parent, providing resources that empower you and help you find more joy.


Navigating life when you have a child with special needs can be all kinds of challenging. It tests you emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.

We want to share our family’s strategies and the lessons we’ve learned so that other families  facing similar challenges can shorten their learning curve. We’ll share both a parent and sibling perspective as well as bringing you insights from professionals and industry experts.

We want to empower you with solutions and strategies that work for you.



We’re grounded in reality and recognize that special needs families often face challenges that few people really understand. But, we still try to find the positive in even the most difficult situations. We’d like to share our spirit of realistic optimism with you.

While your journey may not be path you planned for, we hope you can recognize and embrace the countless opportunities for it to be beautiful, meaningful and filled with joy, in spite of (and sometimes because of) the challenges.

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This journey that we’re all on isn’t easy. But, we don’t have to do it alone. We're building a thriving community filled with optimism and hope, where collectively, we can help another.

We invite you to join our Facebook Group. That's where we share inspiration, strategies for empowerment, quotes that build positivity, and a place to share ideas with others navigating a similar journey.

Different Kind of Special is a community of realist optimists in search of more joy.

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