10 year girl Kaylee Rodgers from Ireland singing ‘Hallelujah’

10 year old Kaylee Rodgers who has autism and ADHD has wowed the world with her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. The video of Kaylee singing with the Killard House Special School’s choir has gone viral. Colin Millar, the school’s headteacher, told BBC News that Kaylee is often shy but when she sings, she just opens up. Check out the video:

Killard House Special School choir singing Hallelujah

Children See. Children Learn.

Children See. Children Learn.

Check out this PSA clip on ACEsConnection: http://www.acesconnection.com/clip/children-see-children-learn produced by a Canadian organization. Read more at: http://www.childrenseechildrenlearn.ca

Yahoo News Special Report: Patrick Kennedy breaks silence on family’s addiction secrets

Patrick Kennedy Yahoo New interviewCheck out an interview with this year’s key note speaker on Yahoo News. To view the video click on this link: Patrick Kennedy breaks silence on family’s addiction secrets.

Patrick Kennedy’s 60 Minutes Interview

Patrick Kennedy on 60 Minutes


Check out Patrick’s interview where he talks about his and his family’s struggles with mental health issues and addiction.



New Mental Health Channel

Mental Health Channel


The Mental Health Channel (MHC) is a new online mental wellness channel. It will soon have 12 series of original documentaries, 120 episodes in all available to view. MHC was created to raise awareness by showing inspiring true stories and provide new perspectives on mental wellness. Currently 19 of the episodes are available to view. It’s a channel like any you’d see on cable but it’s free to view and commercial free. MHC is underwritten by the Mental Health Awareness Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit.

Cheerleader with Down Syndrome Stars in Finalist Video for GMA’s Katy Perry ‘Roar’ Contest


Arizona’s Verrado High School entry into the Good Morning America/Katy Perry Roar contest has gone viral, in part because of one special cheerleader. The instructions for the “Good Morning America” Katy Perry music video contest were simple: Students had to submit a music video for Perry’s song “Roar” featuring fellow students up to two minutes long by Oct. 1.

Perry will perform a concert at the winning school on Oct. 25, which also will be broadcast on “Good Morning America.”

The High School’s video tells the story of 18-year-old senior Megan Squire who was born with Down syndrome. Squire has been on the cheerleading team for four years and is now on the varsity squad. The video re-enacts Squire’s attempt to get on the team.

See the video on YouTube.

Fathers and Autism


Fathers and Autism

Dr. Robert Naseef (parent to an adult child with autism and a psychologist) sharing insight into the challeges a father faces when raising a child with autism. (YouTube video, 30 minutes)

Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs

FEMA has a few resources to help individuals and families with special needs to prepare for emergencies.  Check out their brief video.

They also offer a printable brochure “Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs“.

The American College of Emergency Physicians and American Academy of Pediatrics also offer a two page “Emergency Information Form for Children With Special Needs”.

Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds