dooley & mom

Observations from Below – A Mother’s Love – Mama Bear Roars

By Bryan Dooley “Rare is the son or daughter who can outrun the tenacious love of their mother.” ~ Julie Patrick Barnhill My mother has always been there for me. She jokes that she knows more about Cerebral Palsy, than I do, because she researched it for months before I […]

by · March 6, 2015 · 0 comments · Columns, Guests, Health

Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center – Living, Learning, and Healing with Horses

By Bryan Dooley   Karly becomes very emotional when remembering her friend, Tony. He had many jobs, but he loved his work at Riverwood more than any other. Tony offered physical and emotional support to anyone who needed it, especially to Karly. There love is still palpable, even though Tony […]

by · March 4, 2015 · 1 comment · Community, Health
mom dates

Mommy & Me Date Ideas for Your Teens

By Kristen Daukas   Remember when your kids were younger and all they wanted to do was spend time with you? And all you could think after 8 non-stop hours was “can’t I even PEE in peace??”. Flash forward a couple of mommy and me date ideas for your older […]

by · March 3, 2015 · 0 comments · Community, Health

New Column – Bryan Dooley’s Observations From Below

By Bryan Dooley   With a name like Bryan Dooley, you can probably guess that I’m Irish. Bryan is a Celtic word meaning strength and nobility or high. I’m going to stick with strength and nobility, just in case my mom is reading this. My mother chose my name because […]

by · February 27, 2015 · 7 comments · Columns, Community, Guests, Health

Affordable Healthcare Act Deadline Extended in North Carolina

By Staff   On Friday, February 20th Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a special enrollment period for individuals and families who were not able to obtain health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014.  This special enrollment […]

by · February 24, 2015 · 0 comments · Community, Government Services, Health

The North Carolina Youth Leadership Forum Empowers Young People with Disabilities

By Bryan Dooley   The week of June 15-19th is sure to be life changing for a select group of young people with disabilities in North Carolina. A unique event called the North Carolina Youth Leadership Forum (NCYLF) will be underway on the NC State University campus. Young people from […]

by · February 20, 2015 · 0 comments · Community, Health

You Know There’s a Teen in the House When…

By Kristen Margo Daukas Remember the days when Fisher Price decorated your house and your living room looked like Geoffrey the Giraffe puked all over it? Those days are like wine and roses compared to what your house life with a teenlooks like when you have a teen living with […]

by · February 10, 2015 · 0 comments · Community, Health
one direction

White Lies, Bluffs and One Direction

By Kristen Daukas   Remember the day when your kids were little and you could throw out little bluffs to them? You know the ones… “you keep your room clean for 2 weeks and you can get that puppy” or “if you don’t hit your brother the entire day, you […]

by · January 21, 2015 · 1 comment · Columns, Community, Guests, Health
Mike Britt – A Remembrance

Mike Britt – A Remembrance

By Bryan Dooley “The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right inside it, under its roof. What I want is so […]

by · January 18, 2015 · 4 comments · Community, Health
carissa joines interviewed about partners in policy making

Training Program for Disability Advocates in NC Seeks Participants

By Staff  Editor’s Note: CCD managing editor Carissa Joines went through the Partners in Policymaking program as have CCD contributors Matt Potter and Bryan Dooley. A statewide training program that develops leadership and advocacy skills on behalf of people with developmental disabilities is set to begin in February, 2015 in […]

by · January 14, 2015 · 0 comments · Community, Health, Non-profits