{Convention Post #2} Spotlight Interview with Carole Guess, “How The NDSC Convention Has Impacted Our Lives”

setting the pace “I am a ‘mom-parenting-solo’ of an active nine-year-old living with . For me, the convention is truly a family reunion. That feeling of extended family and support is priceless,” said Carole Guess, mother of Evan.

Guess is one of more than 2,500 people are expected to take part in the 2014 National Down Syndrome Congress Convention in

Why?  In less than 2 weeks I will be blogging at the 42nd Annual National Down Syndrome Congress taking place in Indianapolis, IN. National Down Syndrome Congress

Yes that’s right a convention that brings together families and professionals in the Down Syndrome community, and I have been asked to be a part of it.  I feel extremely honored and excited to have been asked to attend as a Special Needs Mom Blogger and Health Advocate.

The NDSC Convention boasts the largest annual gathering in the world of self advocates, parents, siblings and professionals associated with Down syndrome.  More than 2,500 people are expected to take part in this event.  Families, professionals, doctors to therapists will be at this 3 day event.

The CHAT Bag is a our Featured Product from the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Guide.

We had the great pleasure of reviewing this product from Lori Holbrook.  This bag makes carrying an Ipad or certain tablets easy and accessible for special needs children who rely on a communication device to speak.

The CHAT Bags currently fit Apples IPads 1, 2, 3 and 4 but if you don’t have an IPad you can special order a bag.

It allows the child to carry their IPad with them and have the screen accessible to them.

There are a lot of great fabrics and she is still coming up with some unique ways to use the bag.

Here is my vlog about the bag:

Be sure to look at more wonderful products in our SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

Let us know what products you like?

The CHAT Bag – $35.00

 

What is the Chat Bag?

The CHAT bag was inspired by Lori’s beautiful daughter Hannah who has Down Syndrome, Autism, and Apraxia. She currently uses an iPad to communicate with. Lori wanted to create a versatile bag that had adjustable straps, soft fabric with colorful designs, and have the screen exposed at all times for easy access. Now she can carry her bag anywhere and CHAT (Children Have A Tool) with us.

I was so excited to receive this bag as my son loves using his ipad.  Although my son doesn’t use it for communication I love that he has the ability to have it protected and has the ability to carry it with him.  This will help promote responsibility for his stuff.

Assisted technology like ipads and smartphones are becoming more widely used in schools and during therapy sessions.

Here is a link to my son using the ipad during his speech therapy in school. http://youtu.be/8EqzDotOjfk

The CHAT bag fits Apple Ipads 1, 2 and 3.

You may even special order if you don’t see a fabric that you like or if you have a different tablet size.

If you are looking to buy this for a loved one, but don’t know what fabric they would like Lori has gift certificates available.  Click here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the bag that I received for my son:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lori graciously sent me my own CHAT bag, yes they do have Adult CHAT bags.  Here is the
one she sent for my ipad:

 

To order directly from Lori at CHAT Bag please click here.  Please make sure to reference the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Guide.

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Disclaimer: I received the above product(s) at no cost to me by the company or representing PR agency. All opinions are my own. You may read more of my disclosure here.

 

 

It’s finally here the first annual 2012 SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

As a mother of a child with special needs, mom blogger and mom entrepreneur I wanted to create a unique guide that is specially targeted to children with special needs and their families who care for them.  The intent was to reach out to small business owners, Etsy shops, mom entrepreneurs and people who have a vested interest or passion for the special needs community.  As a mom entrepreneur I thought this was the perfect opportunity to help support other mom entrepreneurs.

What I found was their experience and interests brought real unique and helpful products that I wanted to share with you.  I hope that the products you find in this guide are practical, but will be helpful and provide a real value to you and your child with special needs.  But more importantly, bring real joy to your holiday season!

As joyous as the season is, gift giving can be stressful especially if you are purchasing for a child with special needs.  My intent with this guide was to make it a little less stressful with practical, reasonably priced items that can provide a real value to the child and their families.

Please share this guide with others and would love any feedback that you may have.  You can either click the picture above or click here to view the guide.

Happy Holidays!

Marla Murasko, Founder of SpecialMoms A Special Needs Parenting Club