A new exhibition chronicling the constant care provided by families for their children with chronic medical conditions, The Super Parents: Caring for Children with Special Needs will be on display at Pleasanton’s Museum on Main from Wednesday, April 3 to Sunday, May 26, 2019. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice shadowed families living in 10 cities throughout California whose children have conditions ranging from type 1 diabetes to neurofibromatosis. The exhibition features her photographs, accompanied by first person descriptions from the “super parents” themselves, documenting a day in the life of each family.
These families have much in common as they navigate a complex and fragmented system of care, from the crushing piles of paperwork, to financial stress, to long drives for appointments booked months in advance. The most common denominator among these parents is a deep, beautiful sense of all-giving love for their children. Through photography, artifacts, and hands-on interactive elements, The Super Parents highlights the families at the center of a complex web of services and providers who support the overall health and well being of children with special health care needs.
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health produced The Super Parents: Caring for Children with Special Needs; the exhibition was developed and traveled by Exhibit Envoy.
Deanne Fitzmaurice is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial and commercial photographer based in San Francisco.