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© 2006 Jenna Winter

“Children with special needs are vastly undervalued, undersocialized and undereducated —and too often defined by disability. I’m doing everything in my power to help change that inexcusable reality.”
Judy Winter


Judy Winter is an award-winning writer, speaker and author and has published dozens of personal essays and human-interest features for a number of publications on a wide range of subjects, including special needs. Career highlights include interviewing Dana Reeve, Mattie Stepanek, Tim Shriver, Kathy Buckley and many accomplished individuals facing special needs. Judy’s on-going, passionate commitment to better lives for kids with exceptionalities is fueled by stellar examples of Jesus, Robert F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Timothy Shriver and Oprah.

Click here for Judy's complete biography.

Click here to purchase Breakthrough Parenting!

Click here to read Book Synopsis

Click here to read the Book Intro

Click here to read some of The Buzz/Reviews for BP!

Click here for Judy’s Favorite Links-Resources for 2008, including links for many of the author’s essays and feature articles on special needs.


Judy's Career Highlights

Judy's words also appear in the books:

  • A Special Kind of Love: For Those Who Love Children with Special Needs.
  • Enabled in Words. The Real Lives. Real Victories of People with Disabilities.
  • Back Cover Quote for The Parent’s Guide to Speech and Language Problems.
  • In parenting magazines and other print/online media across the country.

Judy has also been fortunate to chat with Mitch Albom, Felicity Huffman, Caroline Kennedy, Marlee Matlin, Wendy Wasserstein and Marianne Williamson, have a private meeting with Tim Shriver at Special Olympics headquarters, interview several Sesame Street cast members, discuss special needs & health care with Michael Moore on the streets of Traverse City, and take part in a Q/A with Gayle King during the runthrough for her new Oprah & Friends XM Radio program!

Judy Winter has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Michigan State University and a few advanced degrees in real-life experiences.

Judy's upcoming projects:

  • Project Advisor/Speaker for Outreach Project for film ROLLING (distribution/national outreach effort of WNET Boston) for WKAR-Public Television/ Live event/film promo to be held in April 2008.
  • STAY TUNED for Judy’s next Book & Photo Projects—currently in the works!

book cover

normal films

Judy Winter is featured in the ground-breaking film The Sandwich Kid: A Film About Siblings & Disabilities. The 2007 release was produced by Keri Bowers and her talented son, Jace, whose older brother, Taylor, has autism. The film gives important voice to the challenging role of siblings in special needs families. Click here to watch the film’s promo.


Judy Winter is a Nationally Recognized Expert on Special Needs Parenting Issues. She is an engaging, spirited, and powerful public speaker. Click here to find out more about how to book Judy to speak at your event.

Photography, Cards and More

Eric Winter

RicStar's Camp

Click here to find out more about the MSU Eric 'RicStar' Winter Music Therapy Camp
(aka RicStar’s Camp!), of which I am co chair.


Click here to read the Words of Wisdom from Eric’s Friends.

Eric Winter

Christmas 2007

Judy's Inspiration

What would I do without them?!


Eric Winter

Book Release Party 2006

Who Does Judy Want to Talk to Now?

I would LOVE to chat with Jesus—and Oprah and Josh Blue—& YOU!

  • Share your stories of parenting success and your favorite inspirational quotes with me!
  • Tell me the biggest challenges and greatest rewards you face as a sibling in a special needs family! 
  • Let me know how music has improved your own life with a disability, or how it has positively impacted the life of someone you love with special needs.
  • Send me your cutest service/therapy dog photos!  No attachments!

If I can’t resist what you send me, I’ll send you a signed copy of Breakthrough Parenting, or a RicStar’s Camp T-shirt, or feature your words of wisdom and/or adorable family/pet photos on my blog or consider them for my new greeting cards!

Are you ready to be heard on the important subject of special needs? Then start writing— because I can’t wait to hear from you! Click here to tell your story!

Giving Young Creative Talent Her or Her Due

Huge thanks, Jenna & Erik, for all your amazing contributions to my life & work—
& to this Web site!  I adore you!

Special thanks to my talented, hard-working design team, McNenly Group.
Small in numbers— Big results! You guys always get it right!