Why my child who is deaf and transgender gives me hope.

There is always more hope when I look for it.

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Hope has been on my mind a lot over the last week as I think about what it must feel like to be my 16-year-old, Mackenzie. Despite everything that has happened to her over the last few years at school, she has practiced forgiveness and patience and held out hope that people will do what they promise and what is right.

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Billie Eilish opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about living with Tourette syndrome.

She was forced to discuss her diagnosis when videos of her tics began surfacing on social media.

To say Billie Eilish has exploded onto the music scene would be an understatement. She recently broke the record for female artists by charting 13 songs in the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously.

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Is ‘special needs’ the new ‘r-word’?

Sometimes “special needs” is used as a replacement for the “r-word.”

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For the last 10 years, the Special Olympics have campaigned to end the use of the word “retard” and “retarded.” Its “Spread the Word to End the Word” emphasizes the hurt the “r-word” causes people with intellectual disabilities.

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Angela Peters, 36, has cerebral palsy which causes her hands to shake. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want them to look beautiful.

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Jessie Paege Shares What It’s Really Like To Have Social Anxiety

“Social anxiety is not ‘omggg I love netflix and I hate everyone.’”

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People who like things neat and tidy often say they have OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. The easily distracted sometimes complain of “being” ADD, or attention deficit disorder. And those of us who are introverted may complain of feeling social anxiety at a party. But, most of the time, these people are simply having normal reactions to everyday stressors.

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Tennessee High Schoolers Make a Generous Homecoming Pact

“I just wanted Scotty to experience something great in his high school days.”

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The battle for homecoming king and queen at any high school is the epitome of a popularity contest. More often than not the queen will be the prettiest alpha girl at the school, and the king is usually the star of the football team or class president. But what happened at Community High School in Unionville, Tennessee, proves that every so often these contests can be something more than an annual ritual to reinforce the school’s pecking order.

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