As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.” 

~Donald Westlake

This issue of the Buzz from the Hub brings you multiple tip sheets on handling the mayhem that the holiday season can entail, especially if you have a disability, a child with a disability, or a loved one with special needs. The resource are also excellent for sharing with family members and friends, as well as with the families you serve.

Gift-giving, travel, parties, dinner with the family… may the suggestions given below be timely reminders of how to take the disability into consideration, as well as yourself!

Our best to you all,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Debi, Lisa, Jessica, and Myriam


Holiday Travel Tips for People with Disabilities
Do you or does your child have a disability that affects mobility? The Transportation Security Administration shares some important tips to help families better prepare for security screening at airport screening checkpoints for the 2018 holiday traveling season.

13 Holiday Survival Tips For Your Child With Special Needs
The holiday season can be an extremely stressful time of year for children with autism and other forms of learning disability. The disruption to their routine, unfamiliar sights and smells, the house full of noise and people – it can all prove too much. These tips for surviving the holiday season come from parents of children and adults with special needs.

Does Your Child Have Food Sensitivities?
Holidays are a time for family, friends, and endless eating. That can be tough for kids with sensory processing issues who are sensitive to the tastes, smells, and textures of foods. Here are 8 tips to help reduce food battles—and let you and your child enjoy the holidays. Available in Spanish, too.

15 Tips for Surviving—and Enjoying—the Holidays with a Brain Injury
Flashing lights. Crowded stores. Loud family gatherings. The holiday season should be joyful, but it can often be overwhelming to someone who is living with brain injury. Here are tips to help you make the holiday season happier and more relaxed for all of your friends and family.

Keeping Your Sanity Intact
Our families are far from typical. So why do we try to be that perfect “Norman Rockwell” family during holiday get-togethers? Tell yourself right now that you and your family are going to enjoy the holidays in your own way and at your own pace. This article can help!


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The CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Debi, Myriam, Jessica, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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