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Making Transit Work for Caregivers and Kids

This blog post was written for Transit Center and first appeared on their website.   This guest post was written by Christine Serdjenian Yearwood, founder and CEO of the NYC-based advocacy group UP-STAND. UP-STAND is a movement to improve accessibility and make life easier for pregnant women and families by building a more inclusive culture that translates to stronger communities. The comments on blogs and social media posts related to parenting and transit are pretty shocking. “Find a dude with a car!” the tame ones read, or “You chose to have kids, your problem!”  What’s truly alarming, however, is that these comments...

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Navigating the City’s Transit System Near Impossible for Parents and Caregivers

Read the original story on Medium here. By Elena Cox One morning in 2014, Rita Kakati Shah was pregnant with her second child, trying to navigate the stairs to get the downtown 1 train with her 18-month-old son on West 79th Street. She was traveling alone, bumping his stroller one step at a time like a dolly to get to the platform, when a stranger darted past her to catch the subway. He hit the stroller and knocked it out of her hands, causing her son to tumble down the stairs. Luckily, he was strapped into his seat, so he...

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UP-STAND Spotlight on Well Kept Barbershop

UP-STAND Spotlight on Well Kept Barbershop

Business Spotlight: Well Kept Barbershop Address: 30-11 32nd St, Astoria, NY 11102 Open Since: September 2018   I was told to visit Well Kept Barbershop. One of my friends and babysitters raved about the place. After a variety of bad experiences getting her son cuts at both adult and children’s salons, she had finally found a location that would cut his hair willingly, patiently, and without stress. When I walked into the shop, the first thing I thought was that it was somewhere I would bring my own son to get a haircut. “We don’t have loud music. We don’t...

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Limb Difference Awareness Month (and what YOU can do)

By Stephanie CatrosI was thrilled to be asked by my good friend Christine to write a post in honor of limb difference awareness month. My husband and I are the parents of an amazing little four-year-old boy, Milo. Not only does he love to ride his scooter in the park, learn about dinosaurs, build robots and play with Legos, he was also born without most of his right foot. He is referred to as a congenital amputee. He has been wearing a prostheses of some sort since he was seven months old. Since August 2018 he has been using a...

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UP-STAND Spotlight on a standout business, LIC Kids Gymnastics

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UP-STAND Spotlight on a standout business, LIC Kids Gymnastics

We had the chance to interview Morgan Lennon and Natalie Fuertes of LIC Kids Gymnastics this month, and trust us, you'll want to read this and take notes!

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