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“I’m sorry, you can’t do that.”- Following your dreams despite what people say

[Full disclosure: I have been compensated for writing this post.] Has someone ever told you that you can’t do something that you want to do? If you’re a parent of someone with special needs you may have heard it in a different way. A school official may have said, “That’s not the way we do … Continue reading

The Story Thus Far

The Story Thus Far (Or At Least My Version of It) (Originally posted 4/13) Ethan (he went by his middle name) went to see a movie with a companion on January 12th of this year.  [For the record, yes, his companion was an 18-year-old female.  What average 26-year-old man wants to go to the movies … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows – Gary Owen, Race, and Disability

It’s not new. Comedians seem to think that any- and everyone is fair game in the name of humor. If a comedian can claim knowledge or kinship with a certain disability or group, that makes it all the more acceptable. (Supposedly.) The latest assault by a comedian upon the intellectual disability community opens up three … Continue reading

Transcript – Gary Owen, Tom Joyner

Male host: “Hey man you got protested last week in Baltimore? Signs, marchers, protestors.” Owen: “Signs, all that. He’s a bully.  Well, here’s what happened. Last January my Showtime special aired called “I Agree with Myself.” And it still comes on every now and then but basically you have to see it on demand. And, … Continue reading


Self-Segregation in the Disability Community

Throughout my career as a parent/disability studies student/advocate-ally (nearly three decades) there have been moments when I have found myself at odds with the larger disability community. For the most part, I agree with, and want to be a part of the movement to create change that benefits people with all types of disabilities. But, … Continue reading

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

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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

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