By Kathy Zucker • September 30, 2013
Longtime Hoboken, NJ resident Dena Russell is a single mom with two special needs sons. Life in Hoboken poses extra challenges for special needs families – crowded parks and small indoor spaces provide limited options for kids who need lots of activity but plenty of personal space. Another challenge? The high cost of living.
In between nonstop doctor’s appointments, Dena serves on the board of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment and is the founder and moderator for the Hoboken Special Needs Parent Group (HSNPG). HSNPG shares information about local therapists and how to keep kids active, and hosts special events such as estate planning for special needs families. Also? Dena helps families have much-needed fun at dedicated bowling parties and sensory-friendly movies.
My hat is off to this incredibly dynamic and hardworking mom who never lets her personal circumstances get in the way of long-term growth.
Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children, New York Life #KeepGoodGoing Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Read her MomCondoLiving blog, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), friend her on Facebook and watch her on Youtube.