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Designing rooms for children with special needs

It was just over three years ago when interior designer Ginger Rodriguez received the phone call that would change her life.

In December 2008, she and her husband, Miguel, were asked to provide emergency foster care for an infant; 45 minutes later, a little boy in need of shelter and medical attention was brought to their door in Alexandria. They officially adopted Sean last summer.

The experience of raising a child with medical disabilities and developmental delays prompted Rodriguez to add a specialty to her business: creating rooms for children who have special needs.

“There are so many people dealing with this,” she says. “I wanted to come up with a way to help make their lives as easy as possible.”

Rodriguez recalls seeing Sean for the first time.

“He was very tiny,” she says. “He was 11 months old, but he looked like he was 5 or 6 months. His clothes were too big and his shirt was sagging. I saw a scar on his chest.”

Rodriguez would eventually discover that Sean had a congenital heart defect and...READ MORE...

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