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
I’ve been waiting for what seems like F-O-R-E-V-E-R to see Born This Way on A&E. I can honestly say it did not disappoint! I started getting goosebumps when I saw cameras following my friend Sean around the NDSC convention in Phoenix. The idea of someone I knew being on network television was surreal. The idea […]Read More #BornThisWay – Reactions from Josh’s Mom
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”