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    Stephanie Holland

    Stephanie Holland

    Mom, advocate, life-long learner

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Politics and Language. Can parents #SayTheWord ?

Source: Politics and Language. Can parents #SayTheWord ?

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NDSC Calls For Community Action on #UnacceptableExample

When I started talking about #UnacceptableExample, I wasn’t sure what results to expect.  As word spread and parents responded, it became clear that change would be necessary.  Lily Eskelsen García would HAVE to respond to this level of criticism.  Eventually, she did respond. She offered an apology.  Some accepted and moved on. Some doubted her sincerity. … Continue reading

Stuck in the middle

Stuck In The Middle — Is There A “Disabled Voice” ?

I’ve been following the discussion about The Mighty and trying to form my own opinion.  I’ve listened to the people using the hashtag #CrippingTheMighty and thought there were some valid complaints being expressed – again.  Most of them I’ve heard before – they are longstanding issues. Then, as I review my own Facebook and Twitter … Continue reading

A Great New Resource! Review and Giveaway! The Parent’s Guide to Down Syndrome

My friend Mardra asked me to read and review her new book, and for the record, she provided me with a free copy.  In return, I get to offer my readers a chance to win a fantastic Grand Prize package including a copy of the book, The Parent’s Guide to Down Syndrome, copies of other books … Continue reading

High and Mighty – Shaming as a Teaching Tool

A recent article published by The Mighty has caused a negative reaction within the disability community. While I didn’t catch the article that caused the commotion, I did read the editorial reply: “Why We Removed a Story.” “The Mighty published a story from one of our contributors entitled “Introducing: Meltdown Bingo,” which made light of … Continue reading

How the #UnacceptableExample Filters Down – California Teacher Credentialing Changes

“Our job is to teach and we have to try to do it in 10 different ways, if that’s what we have to do,” Duncan said. “It’s not extra work — it’s just the job. That understanding has helped me so much.”   On December 13th, California approves tougher teacher training standards to help mainstreaming, … Continue reading

The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.

Why The Discussion About #BornThisWay Is As Important As The Show Itself

“Although personal interaction is the most effective medium for conveying the personal experience of disability, the mass media can be an effective vehicle for bringing about greater understanding, and a consequent gradual change in public perceptions, of people with disabilities.” – Marilyn Dahl (The Role of the Media in Promoting Images of Disability- Disability as … Continue reading

#BornThisWay cast

#BornThisWay – Reactions from Josh’s Mom

I’ve been waiting for what seems like F-O-R-E-V-E-R to see Born This Way on A&E. I can honestly say it did not disappoint! I started getting goosebumps when I saw cameras following my friend Sean around the NDSC convention in Phoenix. The idea of someone I knew being on network television was surreal. The idea … Continue reading

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What does Down syndrome have to do with assisted suicide?

At first glance, as a parent of someone who has Down syndrome and is almost 29-years-old, assisted suicide seems far from my radar – at least as a topic that pertains to my own life. I could imagine the questioned looks as I shared the announcement about the impending Twitter chat with other Ds moms. … Continue reading

Be the change that you wish to see in the world

Be the Change You Wish to See

What I’m really trying to say…. As I pondered this prompt (Thanks Mardra!) and thought about what type of information I’ve been putting out in the universe lately, I had to pause.  For those who don’t know me, (and maybe to some who do) my writing may appear to lean toward the negative. Am I … Continue reading

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