Jill Edelman


SPHERE – Celebrating Thirty Years Enhancing the Lives of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

SPHERE, a non-profit that provides programming for adults with intellectual disabilities in the Ridgefield, Connecticut area, celebrates its thirtieth anniversary on November 4, 2017. The anniversary provides an opportunity to tell the story of a successful and enduring coming together of families and community to enhance the lives of adults with disabilities, and, in doing… Read the Rest Of This Article

The Power of Meaningful Employment – 1/29/15

Our twenty-five-year-old special needs daughter returned to her parents’ home to spend the latest N.E. snowstorm. We have a generator. Two days of cooking, watching The Big Bang Theory and The Fault in Our Stars and generally hanging out went swimmingly. The bedtime hour and wake up call on the last night and following morning… Read the Rest Of This Article

A Mother Reflects: Daughter With Special Needs Surpasses Doctors’ Predictions (from NYMetroParents)

My following post was first published as an article in NY Metro Parents on March 24, 2014. (Click here to read it on NYMetroParents.com) Our 24-year-old daughter lives in a two-bedroom apartment, 15 minutes from our home, with another young woman and staff supervision. She has two volunteer jobs and one paying job. Her volunteer… Read the Rest Of This Article

Unbridled Joy, Some Ick And A Great Cocktail: 12-17-13

Twenty-Four and She’s So Much More: Three months have passed since I posted on our daughter’s adult life. And the reason rests in the paws of our new puppy Tillie, whose own developmental stages have usurped much of my writing time with her walking, leaping, nipping and general mayhem-ing. Across town our daughter is developing… Read the Rest Of This Article

Independence Farm Interview: 10/4/13

The Abridged Version: Independence Farm a transitional residence for males with moderate learning challenges in East Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, invited me to do an interview for their blog on my book, This Crazy Quilt: Parenting Adult Special Needs One Day At A Time. I was excited and flattered by their interest. As usual, nothing… Read the Rest Of This Article

Life Is A Horse Show: 9-19-13

Catching Up: Our daughter’s life is streaming live with new peace and purpose. Just in the last week, patches of the quilt that I have dreamed of for years are now in place. The first, that she would find a venue to inspire her to resume creating the amazing collages which I used as illustrations… Read the Rest Of This Article

A Small Adjustment With Big Implications: 8-8-13

Who Will Teach Her Now? In a June 2011 post I wrote of my concern that our daughter, having aged out of her school system at 21 years old, would no longer benefit from an academic setting. The areas of significant challenge, time, money and numbers would languish on the vine, leaving that group of… Read the Rest Of This Article

Riverview School Two Years Hence: 6-27-13

A Place Where Everyone Knows Your Name: June 14 our daughter and her parents sallied up to Cape Cod to attend Riverview School’s Fifteenth Annual Gala under the castle-like shimmering white tent on the campus in East Sandwich. Except for one sad and brief visit in September of 2011 to attend a memorial for a… Read the Rest Of This Article

Trophy Gal, A Note of Hope for Parents & What Friends Don’t Know: 5-23-13

Speeding Through May: This has been a glorious month for our daughter, and there is still another week. She was awarded the “Adult Rider of the Year” award at the 32nd Annual Pegasus Horse Show which was presented by her idol equestrian Georgina Bloomberg, a surprise that nearly blew her helmet off. In early May… Read the Rest Of This Article

Author Event: Outside My Comfort Zone Again

The Book Event: I have been invited by our town’s library, The Mark Twain Library, in Redding, Connecticut to present an “author event” and signing next week. This is a new kink to my “parenting adult special needs life” that stretches me a bit outside my comfort zone. But as all parents know and special… Read the Rest Of This Article