The holidays are here! A time for spending snowy days with family, preparing food for visiting relatives, and gift-giving. And while gift giving can have the best of intentions, it’s important to remember that for children with disabilities, not all presents affect them equally. Some can cause undue stress — something everyone’s holiday could do […]

There are countless books to consult when it comes to raising children. But — as parents of The Phoenix Center students know — raising children with unique needs can be a less-written about topic. Nothing prepares you for parenting like on-the-ground, real-life experience, but even so some informative literature can strengthen the mind and embolden […]

Pile of 5 Books

It’s the end of summer, and that means beaches, barbecues, and — yes — school! A new academic year approaches, so we’re in full swing at The Phoenix Center ensuring we are more than prepared for our students’ exciting arrival in a few short weeks. “We hold a new parents breakfast each year in early […]

Room 109

On Thursday, May 17th  we hosted a presentation on “Legally Preparing for Transition to Adult Life” presented by Maria Fischer, Esq. at Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer,  Attorneys at Law specializing in Disability Law.  Families with children with special needs have incremental issues to worry about when their children “age out” and their educational entitlements end.  In order to […]

Maria Fischer, Esq. Attorneys at Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer and Julie Mower, Executive Director, The Phoenix Center

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), was March 21st, and has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.  The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. Down Syndrome International (DSi) encourages our […]