I love Aaron| I hate Autism

Proust says, “The real voyage of discovery is not in seeing new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.” Can I love Aaron and hate autism? If I say, “I love my child, but hate cancer or heart disease…” many people would say that is okay. If I...

Jolly ole St. Nick| Disability Parody

— Jolly Ole St. Nicholas| Christmas List Disability Style (Parody on popular Christmas carol) In our family, December 6 is the night you leave your Christmas wish list in your shoes or stockings. The German tradition says St. Nicholas comes when you are asleep,...

Olympics and Disabilities| Lessons in Inclusion

Olympics, Disabilities and Inclusion There are many legends around the origins of the Olympics. But the main idea was countries and individuals would meet every 4 years and set aside conflicts–and this shared experience would lead toward greater understanding...

Going to Family Reunions? Shave your armpits

Going to the family reunion, or not? part 3. Absolutely gorgeous day for a family reunion at the swim club, mid 80s, no clouds, not even any bugs to speak of. This is my third post about Going to the family reunion, or not? In post one (click here) I talked about...

Systems Theory| Family Reunions part 2

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series: Going to the family reunion, or not? Part 2: The Circles of Life See Part 1: Going to the family reunion, or not? See Part 3: Going to the family reunion? Shave your armpits. The Circles of Life We’ve all heard the quote about...

Supportive Living: What an inclusive day looks like.

A Good Day! As the number of adults with autism and developmental disabilities rise, many professionals and parents ask me what I am looking for? Will I ever be satisfied? Is it just a pipedream or can we really build an inclusive community around a person with severe...