Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Barack Obama join forces to get free community college for all.

What do Chris Rock, Louis C.K., and Barack Obama have in common? They're all teaming up to support a new Heads Up initiative to make community college free.

Student loans are a drag. But the White House wants to lighten the load for future graduates by making two years at their local community college free. That's right. They want to give them a chance to graduate with a total bill of $0.00.


A future convo between Obama and aspiring community college students. GIF from "Bridesmaids."


Why #FreeCommunityCollege? It'll help more people gain access to a college education.

Community college lets folks who don't fit the picture of the "typical" college student have a chance at higher education. Right now, one-third of community college students are the first in their family to attend college. These students also tend to be older, with an average age of 28. Community colleges are cheaper and have more flexibility in course times, which has long made them attractive options for adults who are juggling a lot, like single parents or military veterans.

More first-generation college students, single parents, and veterans with associate degrees means more Americans who will have a fighting chance to get the jobs they want and the wages they deserve.

Mo' jobs + mo' money + less debt = everybody wins!

This doesn't solve the student loan debt problem, but it's certainly a start.

With American college graduates heading into the "real world" with an average of $28,000 in student loan debt, this is just the tip of the iceberg. It won't fix the problem (uh, I don't even want to tell you how much student loan debt I have), but giving more students the chance to graduate with less debt is something I can get behind.

Watch the video below and then visit HeadsUpAmerica.us to learn more and join the movement:

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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Those of us raising teenagers now didn't grow up with social media. Heck, the vast majority of us didn't even grow up with the internet. But we know how ubiquitous social media, with all of its psychological pitfalls, has become in our own lives, so it's not a big stretch to imagine the incredible impact it can have on our kids during their most self-conscious phase.

Sharing our lives on social media often means sharing the highlights. That's not bad in and of itself, but when all people are seeing is everyone else's highlight reels, it's easy to fall into unhealthy comparisons. As parents, we need to remind our teens not to do that—but we also need to remind them that other people will do that, which is why kindness, empathy, and inclusiveness are so important.

Writer and mother of three teen daughters, Whitney Fleming, shared a beautiful post on Facebook explaining what we need to teach our teenagers about empathy in the age of social media, and how we ourselves can serve as an example.

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