More Than One Lesson from Ferguson – Independent Investigations Needed

Victims of police violence

Michael Bell, 21 – Killed in Kenosha, WI  11/9/2004 Ethan Saylor, 26 – Killed in Frederick, MD 1/12/2013 Michael Brown, 18 – Killed in Ferguson, MO 8/9/2014   What do these three young men have in common?  At first glance, not much.  But all three were killed by someone who had taken an oath to … Continue reading

A Problem with “The Down syndrome” Narrative

In the Down syndrome (Ds) community, there are those who oppose awareness campaigns citing the “disability porn” problem.   The basic argument being that people with Ds are not always happy, cute, “angels” and they should not be used as instruments of inspiration. I agree – to a point.  I fully support the right of anyone … Continue reading

Confessions of a confused special needs parent

#RaceAndDownsyndrome

When a child has “special needs” he/she is not the only one who gets a label.  Suddenly, the parents are “special” too. You’re expected to be so many things: teacher, therapist, advocate… the list goes on and changes from day to day. “Special needs parent” can be a heavy identifier. One of the good things … Continue reading

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