ABC's "Speechless" Gives Voice to Kids with Special Needs: Q&A with the Show's Producer

On September 21, ABC will premiere its new sitcom, Speechless, about a family with a child who has special needs. The show stars Micah Fowler, a young actor who in real life and in the show has cerebral palsy, and Minnie Driver, who plays the mother of Fowler’s character, JJ. We talked to Melvin Mar, one of the show’s executive producers, to get a behind-the-scenes look at Speechless.

Family Engagement and Leadership in Title V Programs

In 2014 and 2015, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs conducted a survey about family engagement policies and practices in federally funded Title V maternal and child health programs and programs for children and youth with special health care needs. The findings provide a snapshot of strategies to support meaningful family engagement, effective and innovative practices, and areas of need for improvement and technical assistance.

Innovator Awards Support Research on Community-Based Care

Three new awards from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health will support research on outpatient and community-based approaches to improving the health and well-being of children, particularly those with complex medical needs. The work, funded by the Foundation’s newly established General Pediatric Innovator Awards, will be led by members of the Division of General Pediatrics at Stanford University.

Webinar July 27: Coordinating Care for Children in Families with Complex Social and Health Needs—Research and Practice

The lives of children with chronic or complex medical conditions often are complicated by psychosocial issues and family problems such as poverty, poor parental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness. This July 27 webinar will highlight advances in research and practice that aim to improve the well-being and health outcomes of these children with "social complexity.” Join us!