Michaela Searfoorce (top left, white sweater) is a former musician turned never-stay-at-home mother. She is currently raising 4 exceptional children, ages 13, 5, 3 and 1. With so many kids, including one with significant special needs, Michaela has had ample opportunity to explore all the Big Apple has to offer for a wide range of ages and abilities. Her work has been featured in Special Parent and Big Apple magazines as well as on childmind.org, mommypoppins.com and nymetroparents.com. In her gobs of spare time she also organizes meetings geared toward the special needs community, runs a summer social skills group and speaks at various local organizations and schools. Michaela and her husband recently moved from the UWS of Manhattan to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to accommodate their ever-growing family. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James (front right of center) is an amazing 13 year old boy who attends a 12:1 7th grade class in the NYC public school system. His main diagnosis is a rare chromosome defect (4,8) which has resulted in numerous medical issues, global developmental and physical delays, and labels such as PDD-NOS, Sensory Integration Dysfunction and ADD. Despite multiple surgeries since birth and new challenges every year, James is generally a very happy, affectionate child and brings a smile to the faces of nearly everyone he meets.