Military Special Needs Network

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New Year, New Points of View

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Happy 2014!

It’s a new year, a time for new beginnings, a fresh slate. Many of us have made resolutions and have promised ourselves to make big changes to our lives. For the record, my resolution is to accept what cannot be changed.

Here at MSNN, we’re going to be shaking things up a little bit. We’ve brought on two new staff members, Samantha Seagreaves and Jessica Eastman. We’re going to be embarking on new adventures in policy, taking on more opportunities in the publishing world, and opening all of our eyes to different points of view within the special needs communities.

We’ll be talking about biomed and alternatives to more traditional medical treatments, homeschooling, person-first language, and other controversial topics. The point not being to incite argument or spread more hate and discontent, but rather the opposite. The special needs community is separated into “camps.” This isn’t doing anything for us. Instead of supporting each other on our journey, we’re just throwing road blocks in each other’s way.

Our community will never get anywhere that way. There are too many lives on the line. Too many parents who need support, too many children who need understanding, too many policies that need to be changed for us to fight one another.

Enough is enough.

Over the next year, we’ll be posting things you, personally, may not agree with. That’s okay. Open, honest discussion is the hope. Name calling or bashing will not be tolerated. We can all learn from each other, and learn to support each other. That is my goal for this blog in 2014 and beyond.

If you’d like to be a part of the conversation and wish to submit a blog, please contact me at KellyHafer@MSNNblog.com to learn how to contribute. Otherwise, respectful comments and discussion are always welcome!

So here’s to learning and growing as parents and advocates!

Kelly_stars

Comments, discussion and insight always welcome!

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