Job Interviews – Disclosing Your Disability

A CHASA volunteer shares her personal experiences with job interviews and having hemiplegia and epilepsy. While job hunting, my decision of when and how to disclose the information of my stroke, hemiplegia, and seizures depends on the job I’m applying […]

I didn’t know babies could have a stroke. Isaiah’s Journey

On 13 September, 2011, we were blessed with a perfect baby boy – and a not so perfect birth story. At 41 weeks I was finally induced. The birth was stressful, his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and […]

Childhood Stroke Awareness Picnic – DC, MD, VA, PA

Join families at the 11th annual Washington DC/Maryland/northern Virginia/southeast Pennsylvania Childhood Stroke Awareness Day Mini-Walk and Picnic Sunday, May 6th, 2012, 3 pm Family and friends are welcome to join us. We will be meeting in front of the Great […]

A Day of Specialists

This past Wednesday I took Kohl to CP (Cerebral Palsy) clinic at Children’s. This was our first time there since our move. Traffic was awful, and I was late for starters. Apparently, I can still get lost even with my […]

Childhood Stroke Awareness Picnic – Long Island, New York

Join us for the 3rd Annual New York Childhood Stroke Awareness Picnic! We had so much fun the last two years, we’re doing it again!  This year’s picnic will be held on July 8, 2012 at Wantagh Park (Long Island, […]

Pediatric Stroke Streak – Sidewalk + Chalk

Get Your Streak on for Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month… It starts in May! Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month Idea #1 Write some facts about pediatric stroke on a sidewalk. It’s fast, easy, cheap, and you can reach a lot of people […]

A Major Part of Our Village – Raising a Child With Special Needs

We’ve all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. When you are raising a child with special needs, that expression becomes a complete reality. My husband and I both work full-time and have very fulfilling careers, so […]

Big Sister Olivia Streaks for Pediatric Stroke – Day 4

I know my Mom is going to write about how amazing Bright Ideas is tomorrow, but I can’t wait to go back this summer. I’m excited to see my old friends and go swimming. From Olivia, Evan’s 7 year old […]

Those Three Little Words

Those Three Little Words Evan:     “I love you, Mom.” Me:        “I love you too, Evan” Evan:     “I love you, Mom.” Me:        “I. Looovvvve. Youuuuu.” Evan:     “Mom, you forgot to say something.” Me:        “I love you TOO.” […]

Name the New Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association Mascot

We need your help!  CHASA has been searching for a mascot and we were inspired by a very special penguin who lives at the Santa Barbara zoo. His name is Lucky, and he wears a special shoe like the ones […]

Pediatric Stroke Streak – Sometimes You Just Have to Shake Your Booty

Okay, follow me with this one. I believe in the power of a laughter and a sense of humor. Don’t get me wrong – there is nothing funny about the situation that Evie is in – it is very serious, […]

Big Sister Olivia Streaks for Pediatric Stroke – Day 3

Not sure what to say about this drawing today… Except, maybe that even when you are a kid, sometimes you wish you could be someone else. We all have good days and bad days. So, let’s try to be nice […]

Nothing Better Than a Great Snuggle When You Need it Most…

One of the things that I remember most about Evan from when he was an infant was how much he loved to be held and snuggled. I vividly recall, during my 10 weeks of maternity leave, that each day, Evan […]

One Handed Can Opener

Kids with hemiplegia want to be independent and the kitchen is a place where they face many challenges.  Traditional can openers are very difficult to use with one hand.  We found a simple, inexpensive product, the One Touch Can Opener, […]

Children With Hemiplegia Cerebrate Life

Happy news from families of children who have hemiplegia. We appreciate the small things in life!   Children with hemiplegia often have multiple disabilities including difficulty using one hand, weakness on one side, seizures, vision, speech, learning, behavioral and emotional […]