There are different factions within the Down syndrome community. We try not to admit it; but for all our talk about inclusion we can be downright vicious in segregating ourselves from “the others” within what should be a large, powerful community for support and change.Read More Pride in Diversity – Our Community Should Change
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
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
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“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, […]Read More How the #UnacceptableExample Filters Down – California Teacher Credentialing Changes
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. […]Read More What does Down syndrome have to do with assisted suicide?
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 […]Read More Be the Change You Wish to See
As a parent advocate, I believe strongly in the adage, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. That’s why I started The Road We’ve Shared. I saw that there was no “space” for parents of adults who have Down syndrome, so I made one. I never expected that my blog post […]Read More How Do We Turn This #UnacceptableExample Around?
There’s an article making the rounds on Facebook with the title “Plane passenger asked teacher a rude question about her job. Her response is PERFECT!” The video featured comes from the YouTube account of the Campaign for America’s Future with this description: “National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García explains the vital work of public school […]Read More President of NEA Says Teachers Have to Adapt Curriculum for the “chronically ‘tarded and medically annoying”