judy winter

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Nationally Recognized Expert on Special Needs Parenting Issues


Judy Winter is an award-winning writer, national speaker, advocate and the author of Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations. She is the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University, the 2006 Chief Everything Officer Award (CEO) in Community Outreach from AOL and Dove, and the 2002 Exceptional Parent Award from the Michigan Federated Chapters of the Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC). Judy is a member of the 2007-08 Lansing State Journal (Gannett) Community Advisory Panel and co-chair of the Eric ‘RicStar’ Winter Music Therapy Summer Camp at Michigan State University.

The author is featured in the 2007 documentary ‘The Sandwich Kid,’ a powerful film about the challenging roles of siblings in special needs families. Judy’s work also appears in the book ‘A Special Kind of Love: For Those Who Love Children with Special Needs,’ and ‘Enabled in Words: The Real Lives, Real Victories of People with Disabilities.’ Judy has been interviewed by major media across the country, including ABC, AOL, Fox Radio News, CBN, NBC, WGN-Chicago, and KPBS-Radio. Judy Winter has published dozens of feature articles and columns on special needs, including for Writer’ Digest, the Lansing State Journal and in publications for the Center for Educational Networking (CEN), an outreach effort of the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Her work has been recognized by the Association of Educational Publishers with Distinguished Achievements Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing. She is included in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women.

In addition to hosting live call-in programs while employed at PBS station WKAR-TV in East Lansing, Judy produced/hosted a weekly radio program on parenting for Michigan State University's Radio Talking Book program for people with visual impairments. The experienced volunteer children’s grief facilitator and assistant hospital chaplain parented a musically talented child with cerebral palsy for nearly thirteen years. To learn more about Judy Winter’s work or to request an interview or schedule her to speak at your event, email her at jappwinter@aol.com or visit judywinter.com

Judy Winter brings passion— and a healthy dose of humor, to all she undertakes.