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2 Hudson Valley Parent n Spring 2020 A word from HVP Publisher TERRIE GOLDSTEIN Editor KAREN MASERJIAN SHAN Dir. of Business Development KATHLEEN MERZ Executive Assistant LESLIE CORTES Media Advisor MARY ZAK Hudson Valley Parent is published monthly by: The Professional Image Marketing & Public Relations Inc. 174 South Street • Newburgh, NY 12550 Phone: 845-562-3606 • Fax: 845-562-3681 This publication is copyrighted by the publisher. Reproduction without written permission of the publisher is prohibited. Hudson Valley Parent welcomes submissions, although we cannot accept responsibility for work submitted nor guarantee publication. Every kid is precious. But giving each child the in- dividualized support that he or she needs to live as fully, independently, and happily as possible isn't al- ways easy, especially when it comes to kids with special needs. Fortunately, the Hudson Valley offers a full spectrum of children and family programs that support kids of all abilities at home, in school, at parks and playgrounds, and when they're otherwise living their everyday lives. This issue presents a few of those programs. As Rielly Grey, a local mom of a young son with autism and HVP blogger said in a recent post -shared, in part, in this issue-"If we focus only on the diagnosis and its limitations, then we could miss the wonderful child in front of us. Especially with recent advance- ments in therapy and assistive aides, children with special needs are living fulfilling lives without missing out on anything as compared to typical peers. So, please don't apologize when you see a child in a wheelchair or using special equipment. These aides allow our children to be capable and independent. And more importantly, our children are not their devices or their diagnosis." Well said, Rielly. For more information on enrichment programs for kids with special needs, see Hud- son Valley Parent's Education Guide. As parents and community partners, let's keep working together for all our children. Karen Maserjian Shan Editor also publishers of MY family Karen Maserjian Shan editor

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