Woman of the Week: Jessica Cox (and Handicap International-US)

Through fellow parents in Silver Spring and the DC area (you!), I learn of the most incredible individuals. My friend Mica Bevington works with Handicap International-US, an organization which works alongside people with disabilities to improve their living conditions and fundamental rights worldwide. One night at a cocktail party Mica told me of the amazing Jessica Cox.Jessica was born without arms, but that has not stopped her from writing, dressing herself, driving a car, graduating Read more...

Skate-A-Thon Saturday Evening May 12 in Rockville — Family Fun for a Great Cause

My IRL friend Jean, writer of the pee-your-pants funny blog Stimeyland, has a son who plays hockey for a unique team for kids with developmental disabilities, the Montgomery Cheetahs. Jean says of the Cheetahs, "It means everything to us."Jean has three kids. I have three kids. The scheduling and driving and commitment required of us parents for our kids' extracurricular activities is daunting. Admittedly, I would rather ditch the whole process and go play soccer as a family in the backyard, Read more...

Washington Weekend Picks September 11 and 12

Alternative title: How APISS got its groove back.Finally, I'm back with a good local round-up of lots of fun things for you and your families to do this weekend! Sorry I was not able to provide this over the summer.  Because until I am able to afford a hot assistant who looks like Troy Bolton, a housekeeper like Tony Micelli or a nanny who gives me jolly holidays, I'm much more dependable during the school year. Enjoy! SATURDAYKennedy Center Annual Open House Arts Festival Read more...

Autism Resources in Montgomery County, MD at AutMont – A WONDERFUL Website

Resources for children with autism and their families are often tough to find, so Jean of Stimeyland and Autism Unexpected started AutMont. AutMont was first conceived as merely a calendar listing of autism related events in Montgomery County, but has expanded into what Jean hopes will become a gathering place for parents of autistic children, as well as autistic adults and teens.Woman of the Week!  Methinks the crown needs to be bestowed... Jean, as I've gushed about before, is the mom I strive Read more...

FunFit Winter Open House on Wednesday December 9

Tomorrow, Wednesday December 9th is FunFit in Rockville's Holiday Safe Winter Open House.  Starting at 9:30am and continuing on well into the evening,  this fun fitness and play center for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kids is open all day FREE!  And there's going to be firefighters and firetrucks too, as well as big discounts on signing up for winter classes, winter and summer camps, and birthday parties (we've had one here - way before I started this blog - and it was faboo Read more...

Ultimate Weekend Pick: Buddy Walk on Saturday!

UPDATE: The kids fair activities all begin at 10am! This Saturday October 10 is The Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County's 5th Annual Buddy Walk® and it's a must-do for all families in the DC area. Held at awesome playground Hadley Park on Falls Road in Potomac, Maryland right off of I-270, it's not only a great way to exercise and support special needs kids and families, it's simply a fun-filled day.The kids fair and walk registration begins at 10am (you can also register online,) the 1 Read more...

FunFit Earth Day Open House This Wednesday, Mom’s Day Out EVERY Tuesday!

Notice who's NOT pictured in this photo? ME! My kids and I both love Mom's Morning Outat FunFit It's no secret that APISS looooooves FunFit in Rockville. Check out my earlier post on FunFit's Open Gyms and the super time my kids have in the indoor moonbounce, roller coaster and various playstations. But this rainy week of wondering how you're going to make it through you should love FunFit too - they're offering free drop-in classes this Wednesday and the opportunity to drop your child off Read more...

Playgrounds worth the drive

Every family has their favorite, tried-and-true parks near their home. Our faves include Getty Park, Martin Luther King Jr., Sligo-Bennington and of course, the train-carousel-playground extravaganza that is Wheaton Regional.But sometimes in the summer, it's a real adventure to find a new, exciting playground. Parks are free and this perfect weather is scarce. If you have children with special needs, many of these parks are designed specifically to be places where every kid can play. So if you Read more...

FunFit Open Gym on Wednesdays & Fridays, a hell of a good time

It's a known fact that kids that have a chance to run around like bats out of hell are less likely to whine, freak out, fight with each other and bug the hell out of you. There, I said it. (Stimey, still think I'm nice?) So, when faced with freezing temps and muddy playgrounds, open gyms like FunFit in Rockville/Derwood will save your sanity and allow your dear little bats to enjoy one hell of an active playdate.What FunFit has that kids love: an indoor moonbounce, "roller coaster," oodles of learning Read more...