Author: Sarah Mortensen

How Moms Do It: Transitions Between Home and Work

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 73 percent of mothers today work outside the home. Still, many moms leave the workforce or reduce the number of hours they work while children are young, often returning to work later on. These work transitions can increase stress as parents and children adjust to new routines… Read More

Harper’s Playground: A Place for Everyone

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With spring in full swing, families are filling up local parks all over. One Saturday, I had some errands to do in Portland, and to reward my children for patiently accompanying me, we stopped at Arbor’s Lodge Park in Portland, which includes Harper’s Playground. Visiting a new park is always an exciting occasion, and this… Read More

Building a Whole Beautiful Life as an Adult with Disabilities

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In a neighborhood near Columbia River High School lives a family of five brothers, two chickens and one dog. This family is like most families who have their own daily routines for meals, recreation and relaxation, except the “brothers” are actually residents of Winegarden Adult Family Home. Lyle (names have been changed to protect privacy),… Read More

Head on over to Head Start

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Young children growing up in the U.S. today have unprecedented access to preschool and early intervention programs, giving them an extraordinary opportunity to succeed academically and otherwise. Our region of the country is no exception. Following the lead of many other states, Washington’s legislature has steadily expanded funding of early childhood programs since 2011. Southwest… Read More

What Comes Next? Options after High School for Students with Disabilities

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Anna Houston, described by her mother as a compassionate big sister, struggled through most of her school years. Anna is on the Autism spectrum, and high school proved to be a particularly difficult time. The combination of increased homework expectations and social difficulties kept Anna from graduating on time. Now at age 19, Anna has… Read More