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April is Autism Awareness month, and hand-in-hand with Autism is Early Intervention Services. Early intervention (EI) is getting the therapy and the help for your child ASAP. The earlier the better, and I can tell you, it will be the...
"Fellow Muslim Portland friends, please be on high alert as threats have been made against our community in the Portland metro area. Stay vigilant and call the police if you see any unusual behavior." This was a friend's Facebook status...
One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome. It’s easy to gloss over that number or not think about what that means for a child or family until you actually know and love...
I didn’t see homeless people growing up in my rural Oregon hometown. I’m sure they were there, but it looked different than in the city. Living in Montana, there weren’t many homeless on the streets there either; the living conditions...
I'm in the Costco line getting groceries…. Random lady in line: "Where are you from?" Me: "Me? I’m from Beaverton." Random lady: "No, like where are you from from?" Me: "Um, I’m originally from Connecticut." Random lady: "I mean like where are you from?" {I...

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