We are bombarded daily by horrific stories of human suffering caused by everything from natural disasters to unspeakable violence. Since the proliferation of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, we can hardly escape the daily tragedies. How we choose to react to this abundance of depressing information, especially what we put down in words, […]Read More When Tragedy Strikes Close to Home: How We React Speaks Volumes
As someone who dabbles in storytelling, I’ve often wondered how my favorite authors come up with characters that captivate audiences. For example, my all-time favorite author, Marcus Sikora, tells a Halloween story with characters I’d love to meet. My favorite is Skeleton Pumpkin Head – I like his voice. 🙂 […]Read More How Did Dickens Come Up With Scrooge?
After Thursday’s vote in the House I wondered how many of our so-called friends, those who claim to be advocates in our corner, voted in favor of the AHCA.Read More House Passage of the AHCA: Did Members of the Down Syndrome Task Force Fail Us?
Josh: “I want a real job – you know, in a band.” Most of us experienced career day in elementary and middle school. As high school students, we typically worked with guidance counselors to determine our aptitude and desire for certain jobs. Most likely, we were steered into either an […]Read More Finding The Right Job
[Full disclosure: I have been compensated for writing this post.] We all have our own way of worship and prayer. Josh does too. Some people doubt that people with Down syndrome or other intellectual disabilities can really have a relationship with God, but one summer day, Josh put my mind to rest. During a day […]Read More “My Dance Is My Prayers”
[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 […]Read More “I’m sorry, you can’t do that.”- Following your dreams despite what people say
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 […]Read More The Story Thus Far
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 […]Read More Strange Bedfellows – Gary Owen, Race, and Disability
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, […]Read More Transcript – Gary Owen, Tom Joyner
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, […]Read More Self-Segregation in the Disability Community