Infographic: A Day in the Life of a Caregiver

SMILE salutes every person who works tirelessly to help their family members with special needs have the best possible life! … Read more

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Housing Options for Adults with Special Needs

As young adults with special needs grow older, it comes time for a family to consider housing, support and caring options as these young adults enter adulthood. Thankfully, today, there are plenty of housing options for adults with special needs, which may help make this difficult transition easier. While there are pros and cons to... Read more

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11 Uplifting Facts About Individuals Living with Down Syndrome

Here at SMILE, we believe that we can all work together to help those in our community with special needs to live life to the fullest and achieve their highest potential. So in honor of these amazing people, we’re sharing some positive & uplifting facts about Down Syndrome & those who live with it. We... Read more

Caregiver Burnout: Causes, Symptoms, Prevention & Remedies

As a caregiver of intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals, it isn’t uncommon to face difficulties and challenges along the road that cause great deals of physical and mental stress and fatigue. This is especially true with caregivers balancing various other aspects of their lives on top of caregiving, including work, school, volunteer work and... Read more