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SOME PERSPECTIVES Oct 28, 2014

By Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr., President, CEO & Publisher of Exceptional Parent

As 2014 comes to a close, I thought I would use this opportunity to share some personal perspectives with you. I have had the privilege of serving families caring for children and adults with disabilities and special health care needs for almost a quarter of a century, most of that time as President & CEO of Exceptional Parent. But I have also taught at the graduate school and undergraduate curriculums of some of the finest universities in our nation, along with a few community colleges as well. I have tried to do this virtually every semester dating back to the early 1980's, purely because I like teaching and giving back to the community. READ MORE

A Monument is a Reminder--Not Just of the Past but of the Future As Well Sep 15, 2014

By Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr.
In the September 2 edition of the New York Times, Melissa Eddy wrote a story about a new monument in Berlin, Germany recognizing the 300-plus thousands of people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities who were systematically murdered by the Nazis prior to and during World War II. We are reminded that these were among the first innocent, defenseless people to be killed by a regime whose atrocities and unspeakable horror were a stain on humanity. But, now, almost three-quarters of a century later, they are among the last to have their suffering publicly acknowledged. READ MORE

The Beauty of All Babies Sep 2, 2014

The year 2014 has had its ups and downs, like most years...but I want to share some stories with you that help transcend the peaks and valleys of life and help me to keep things in perspective. READ MORE

A Special Wish for All of You Jul 16, 2014

from Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr,, President & CEO EP
In this story and poem you can replace "God" with Allah or Buddha or the Great Spirit or whatever Supreme Being you believe in. The message is intended to provide a gentle reminder that sometimes in life we just have to trust in a higher power. This story has been with me in my wallet for over forty five years. It has been a source of inspiration and sanity in a sometimes tumultuous world. I read it often and rely on it more and more every passing day. I hope and pray that it will hold meaning for you as well READ MORE

WHEN YOU WANT TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE Jul 2, 2014

By Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr.
Every young man and young woman dreams of being the best athlete, the greatest swimmer, the finest dancer, the fastest runner, the star football player, the toughest boxer or wrestler. They watch intently those athletes who are successful and try to emulate their every action. They try to mimic their batting stances, running styles and copy the techniques of the greatest stars they see on the playing field. And they wonder "what makes them the best?" How can they seem to effortlessly be so successful?" READ MORE

A Perspective on Obamacare Apr 15, 2014

By Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr.
It seems to me that what we need is an unbiased, objective summary, in layman's terms, of what exactly the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act is supposed to provide to the citizens of this great nation. READ MORE

Protect Your Mobile Life -- by Mobile Rhino Apr 28, 2014

A Day at the Doctor’s Office—Anything but Routine Apr 9, 2014

by Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr.
Today, April 9, 2014, I had occasion to visit my doctor for a consult on a medical problem I have been dealing with for several months. Now, I have known my physician for over 25 years and he has treated my entire family over that period and still treats my wife and me. At the start of my visit he asked my help in researching with him some insurance payments that came in for visits I had with him back in January and February of 2014. I was only too happy to help. The issue was that he had either misplaced the insurance checks that I had received and signed over to his practice or the insurance company, a well known insurance carrier of substantial size and impeccable reputation, perhaps had not yet sent payment.
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WHEN YOU WANT TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE Mar 10, 2014

By Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr.
Every young man and young woman dreams of being the best athlete, the greatest swimmer, the finest dancer, the fastest runner, the star football player, the toughest boxer or wrestler. They watch intently those athletes who are successful and try to emulate their every action. They try to mimic their batting stances, running styles and copy the techniques of the greatest stars they see on the playing field. And they wonder "what makes them the best?" How can they seem to effortlessly be so successful?" READ MORE

EUTHANASIA FOR CHILDREN---CAN IT BE? Mar 3, 2014

By Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr. President & CEO, Exceptional Parent
Normally, I try to never use the pages of Exceptional Parent to express my own personal opinions. As the President, CEO and Publisher of this forty three year old award winning publication, I believe passionately that we must maintain independence in delivering information to families and professionals involved in the care and development of people with chronic life long conditions and special health care needs. But today, I am unable in good conscience to conduct myself in this manner. Today, I am, in a word angry. Not a little angry, mind you, but fighting angry. Let me tell you why.
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