Special Needs – One of Our Most Important Issues
March marks our recurring special needs issue. Ironically, our very first issue of Birmingham Parent in March 2004 was dedicated to special needs. Today is no different! In fact, we now do two special needs issues a year, in addition to our Special Needs Expo, this year on March 16 and March 30 in Huntsville.
We try to make every issue meaningful, and I believe that is why our advertisers and readers stay with us year after year. But for me, March and September – special needs – are especially important, because it really serves our readership and community with news parents need. Parents in the special needs community are hungry for information, because information is power. When you have a child with any type of special needs, you are always looking for ways to enhance and enrich their lives, and honestly, maybe make yours a little easier.
That’s the idea behind this issue and our Special Needs Expo: To inform and empower parents. And though it is mostly dedicated to children with special needs, there is plenty of information for all parents this month, including our travel story and our popular March calendar of events. There’s something for EVERYONE!
Don’t miss our Birmingham Special Needs Expo at the Exceptional Foundation on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or the newest in our lineup, the Special Needs Expo Huntsville at the Jaycees Community Building on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (See back cover for more.)
And be sure to check out my story on the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, beginning on 10. I feel like I didn’t really do it justice – there is SO MUCH to say, and I’m limited by the pages of this issue. If your heart is touched as mine was, there is an envelope for donations for AIDB in this issue, should you feel inclined.
Also with this issue, Birmingham Parent is officially 16 years old – we are beginning our 16th year of publishing! Thanks for reading and supporting us through the years!
Carol Muse Evans
Member, Alabama Media Professionals and National Federation of Press Women, member of SAPA
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ABOUT THE EDITORS: Carol Muse Evans is publisher/editor/owner of Birmingham Parent magazine, a publication she and her husband David began in 2004. The Birmingham, Alabama-based parenting publication attracts more than 60,000 readers monthly in a four-county area and receives 10,000 hits per month on its website. The magazine has a 20,000+ print circulation, plus several thousand in readership of the digital edition online. It is the only independently audited free publication in our area, Evans is an award-winning writer and editor who has also has written for several other publications as a freelance writer since the late 80s. She is a graduate of Auburn University in journalism and is a graduate of Scottsboro High School. She is married with two grown children and lives in Alabaster. She is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Alabama Media Professionals and Southeastern Advertisers and Publishers Association (SAPA).
Lori Chandler Pruitt is associate editor of Birmingham Parent, where she is responsible for the calendar and editorial editing. She also is a freelancer for Business Alabama magazine and has written/edited for several other publications. is award-winning writer and editor is a graduate of the University of Alabama in news/editorial and Hueytown High School. She is married with two children.