Couple with Down Syndrome Celebrate 29th Valentine’s Day Together

Maryanne and Tommy said no to the critics, proved naysayers wrong, and fought for the astounding love they have for each other. They’re both adults with down syndrome and, 28 years ago, they got married against the opinions of many. Their families were always and are always supportive of their decisions. It’s now, after all this time,… Read More

5 Internet Safety Tips to Protect Your Child with Special Needs

  Today, Feb 5th is Safer Internet Day (SID). Great, but what is it? Starting in 2004, Safer Internet Day now spans across 140 countries to raise awareness about internet safety. For some adults with special needs, the internet can be a very dangerous place. So, we’ve compiled this handy grab sheet with 5 internet safety tips… Read More

Richard Branson Challenges Top Businesses on Workplace Inclusion

International businessman Richard Branson has always been known for speaking up when others won’t–and standing up for those who aren’t being heard. He’s now using his voice to back The Valuable 500, a new global campaign to get 500 international conglomerates to focus on building fully-inclusive workforces. “After more than five decades as an entrepreneur and investor, I… Read More

This Dad Built an Inclusive Igloo for his Daughter

A father of nine children, eight of whom have specials needs, built his daughter a wheelchair-accessible igloo–he even added a snowball deck to make it was as much fun as possible for all of the kids. “Our family is very inclusive,” he told InsideEdition.com. “We try to include all of our kids when it’s possible…. Read More

America’s Workforce: Empowering All

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Stephen’s Place Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month The nationwide campaign takes place in October (Vancouver, WA) — September 12, 2018 — We’re pleased to announce our ongoing support for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National… Read More

Why Does Independent Living Matter?

What do you think when you hear the words “independent living?” What comes to mind when the term “adult care home” is mentioned? Do you imagine medical teams wearing white jackets and blue scrubs? Do you envision walking through sterile hallways lined with wheelchairs and stretchers? Can you hear the buzzing intercoms and security doors… Read More

Inclusive Exercise | Barbell Back Squat

Specialty Athletic Training began in 2007 when Ryan Lockard started working as a 1:1 aide for a boy with autism. Ryan immediately noticed that physical education goals were set much lower for his new autistic student than his peers. Now with 4 locations, one of which is inside the Stephen’s Place building, Specialty Athletic Training… Read More

Inclusive Exercise | Barbell Bent Over Row

Specialty Athletic Training began in 2007 when Ryan Lockard started working as a 1:1 aide for a boy with autism. Ryan immediately noticed that physical education goals were set much lower for his new autistic student than his peers. Now with 4 locations, one of which is inside the Stephen’s Place building, Specialty Athletic Training… Read More

Inclusive Exercise | BOSU Plank

Specialty Athletic Training is an inclusive health and wellness group that began in 2007 when Ryan Lockard started working as a 1:1 aide for a boy with autism. Ryan immediately noticed that physical education goals were set much lower for his new autistic student than his peers. Now with 4 locations, one of which is… Read More

Inclusive Exercise | DB Bench Press

Every week our in-house fitness company, Specialty Athletic Training, uses their knowledge to serve up quick #wellnesswednesday tips and inclusive exercises for every ability level. For this week’s inclusive exercise, we have the DB Bench Press. Specialty Athletic Training began in 2007 when Ryan Lockard started working as a 1:1 aide for a boy with autism. Ryan… Read More