• Feleceia Benton
    The Dallas entrepreneur is also an actor, author and single mom of Zoe, who has Down syndrome.
  • Katie Anderson
  • Carla Robbins
    “And you’re gonna hear me roar…” Those six words, lyrics from Katy Perry’s 2013 single “Roar” bring tears to Carla Robbins’ eyes even today, nearly four years after her son Jack, now 12, first uttered them.
  • Jenny Beeson
    Beeson’s interest in children with special needs piqued when she was a teenager, long before she had children of her own or any inkling of the career path she’d land.
  • Heather Astuto
    When she’s not working as a senior property manager for Lincoln Harris CSG, she’s caring for her daughters or pouring herself into her passion project, Especially Needed.
  • Jana Shaffner
    A Texas A&M University alumna, Shaffner, 40, has worked in recruiting for nearly 20 years. She is also mom to 2-year-old Allie and 6-year-old Logan, who was diagnosed with complete agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC) at 32 weeks in utero.
  • Jill Briesch
    Briesch, a 36-year-old certified public accountant and mom to two boys, is on the board of Easter Seals North Texas, acts as an ambassador for Autism BrainNet and writes for Autism Speaks.
  • Chad Kleis
    Chad Kleis works from home so he can spend more time with his boys — Hudson, 8, and Hunter, 10 —
and so that he has more time to broaden the reach of Hunter’s Autism Specials, a nonprofit resource the dad founded in 2013.
  • Tricia Nelson
    Tricia Nelson’s favorite therapists for her 11-year-old daughter Brianna sports a saddle in lieu of a white coat and practices on 14 sprawling acres of lush fields in McKinney.
  • Crystal Lopez
    Meet Crystal Lopez and her daughters Journey and Honesty. Journey has mitochondrial disease.
  • Colleen Swindoll-Thompson
    Meet the director of the Special Needs Ministry at Insight for Living and her son Jon, who has Tourette's syndrome, ADHD, OCD, ODD and Global Anxiety Disorder.
  • Wendi Tipps
    Meet Wendi Tipps, mom of Landon, Addison and Houston. Landon was born with a tumor on the hypothalamus and has since been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy and cortical dysplasia.
  • Rick and Abbie Smith
    Meet Rick and Abbie Smith, the couple behind NoahsDad.com and parents of 2-year-old Noah, who has Down Syndrome.
  • Angie Potter
    Meet Angie Potter, founder of Celebrate Me, and her three children, including 11-year-old Sam who has Asperger's, ADHD and SPD.

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