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
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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. […]Read More NDSC Calls For Community Action on #UnacceptableExample
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 […]Read More Stuck In The Middle — Is There A “Disabled Voice” ?
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 […]Read More A Great New Resource! Review and Giveaway! The Parent’s Guide to Down Syndrome
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 […]Read More High and Mighty – Shaming as a Teaching Tool
“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
“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 […]Read More Why The Discussion About #BornThisWay Is As Important As The Show Itself