“Julia Roberts has been a continuous beacon of vision for Medical Students in their first year of training at Emory Medical School. She has provided them with a firsthand account of her experiences as a mother finding out for the first time that her children are affected with a rare hereditary kidney disease that would ultimately change the lives of everyone in her family. Julia’s accounts and frank discussions with the medical students are consistently considered one of the best learning experiences during medical school by the students.”

Arlene Chapman, MD, Emory, Professor of Medicine, Assistant Fellowship, Program Director Renal Division Co-Principal Investigator Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute Program Director Clinical Interactions Network


Dear Ms. Roberts,

On behalf of the Emory University School of Medicine Class of 2014, I would like to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with us today. Your sense of humor and honesty in discussing your experiences was truly an inspiration to us all. By sharing your experiences, you have played an invaluable role in our development as future physicians. Thank you again for being a wonderful teacher; we truly appreciate it.

Alex G., President, EUSOM Class of 2014


Dear Mrs. Roberts,

As president of the Emory University School of Medicine Class of 2015, I want to thank you for sharing your story about your family’s journey with polycystic kidney disease. What an aspiring attitude you have. You also had some fantastic advice for us physicians-in-training. We will remember to be compassionate, empathetic and humble doctors. We will remember to present life changing information in a delicate and tactful way. Like you said, we will do our best to partner with our patient’s families because they are our eyes and ears at home. 

Thank you again for your time and speaking with us today. 

Sincerely, Jay Lockwood


I am happy to report that the BlogHer Special Needs Mini-Conference was among the very best in which I’ve had the pleasure of participating.  I must single out Julia Roberts from Support for Special Needs as instrumental in bringing the mini-conference together, and for running it so smoothly.  Julia put together a remarkable event in a relatively brief period of time, and she ran it with structure and at the same time remarkable flexibility.  Additionally, she spoke eloquently and with a great degree of authority on the subject of disability parenting.

The feedback from the mini-conference that I read and heard has been universally positive.  I sincerely hope that I will have the opportunity to work with Julia again in the future. 

Robert Rummel-Hudson, author, Schuyler’s Monster (St. Martin’s Press, 2008)


“Kidneys and Eyes captures beautifully the lows of parenting complex health kids but hints that resilience will be the winner (Should be required reading for pediatric residents).”   Kidneys and Eyes.com recommend by 33 Charts.com


Kidneys and Eyes: Two of Julia Roberts’ kids suffer from Autosonomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease and Ocularmotor Apraxia. Her compelling account of caring for them and ensuring their health, happiness and education is an undeniable inspiration for all special needs parents.

50 Best Blogs for Special Needs Teachers by Online Universities.com


“Julia is one of the few who really get it. She has children with special needs so she understands the joys and frustrations. What I love about Julia is how she handles parenting challenges with humor, honesty and transparency. She doesn’t pretend–she lives this every day. Julia is a breath of fresh air.”

Kirk Martin, Celebrate Calm Founder/Speaker

Listed on She Knows as Top 10 Blogs for Special Needs Families.


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Support for Special Needs.com: Recipient of 2011 & 2012 Readers’ Choice Award in Best Online Community for Special Needs and 2012 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Special Needs Blog for Kidneys and Eyes.com.


Listed as a resource on A Different Dream as top 8 Blogs for Special Needs