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If you're a parent raising a child who is blind, I've written these published articles for you to share what I've learned raising my daughter Milagro. Her birth and 137-day NICU story is here. You'll be happy to know she's now a young adult and thriving as a literate reader of Braille, a piano player with her own YouTube channel and a beginning mariachi musician too! May these articles inform, inspire and give you the hope you need to become a powerful, informed parent advocate for YOUR child! 

"Raising a Child Who Reads with Her Hands: How Our Daughter Achieved Literacy Despite a Dual-Sensory Impairment," Latinas for Latino Literature feature article, September 11, 2013

"From Frog Sized Preemie to Advancement Ceremony Speaker," June 2013, personal blog

Reflecting on the Birth of My Micropreemie on Her 10th Birthday," September 2011, personal blog

"A Summer Moment of Overcoming Disability," August 2011, personal blog

"When they throw an IEP Party and Nobody Comes," May 2010, personal blog

"Attention Parents: Educators are Not the Experts of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. You Must Become the Expert!" April 2010, personal blog

"You Gotta Know the Rules If You're Gonna Play the Game," National Federation of the Blind, Future Reflections magazine, Fall 2009 issue.

"Braille for My Baby: Six Things You Can Do at Home for Your Young Blind Child," Future Reflections, National Federation of the Blind. Spring 2009.

"Letting Your Child's Wild Side Out: CAPVI Couple Spreads Vital Message, Shares Daughter's Triumphs", AWARENESS (Newsletter of the National Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired). Summer 2008.

How We Felt Learning Our Child Would be Blind: Two Difficult Months, FamilyConnect website and on-line community for parents of children with visual impairments. May 2008.

How We Manage the Stress in Our Marriage, FamilyConnect. May 2008.

What I Did Before My Daughter's First Birthday, FamilyConnect. May 2008.

"Our Au Pair Extraordinaire," The Buzz, Feature Article in the Newsletter of Cultural Care Au Pair Agency. November 2007.

"Letting Your Child's Wild Side Out: Raising a Wild and Confident Visually-Impaired Baby, Toddler, Preschooler," multimedia DVD available at www.babymilagro.org

"IEP Goals and Objectives," Feature Article in: The Advocate: A Newsletter for Exceptional Military Families. Fort Stewart, Georgia. March 21, 2008.

"Our 24 Pound Daredevil," California Transcribers and Educators of the Visually Handicapped (CTEVH) Journal. Summer 2007.

"Bright Ideas Gathered as a Parent of a Visually-Impaired Child," California Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired Newsletter (Winter 2007).

"Our 24 Pound Daredevil," California Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired Newsletter (Winter 2004, English version)

"Nuestra Hijita Atrevida," California Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired Newsletter (Spring 2004, Spanish version of "Our 24 Pound Daredevil"

"Our 24 Pound Daredevil,"  National Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired Newsletter (Summer 2004), reprinted nationally with permission from CAPVI.