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Ms. Fran Nickey, M.S. - Founder of Celebrating Special Children
The Founding Editor of Celebrating Special Children resource guide, Fran Nickey M.S, was unselfish in sharing the information she gained advocating for her own child with special needs. She wrote many articles about children with disabilities and published a number of special needs resource handbooks. Partnering with New Town Publications of Reston, Virginia, in 2002 Ms. Nickey received an innovated grant award from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities to publish a resource guide for Virginia parents of infants with disabilities. The first edition was published as a supplement to Northern Virginia Parent, listing resources in the Northern Virginia area and was just over 64 pages. Approximately 50,000 copies of the first edition were printed and distributed. Prior to publication of this supplement, information for individuals with disabilities had never before been put together in quite this way.