Memorial Day Parades| Attitudes about disabilities

Dedicated to Marine Sgt. John P. Huling of West Chester, OH who was killed in Afganistan just days before his 26th birthday. His mother, Debbie, works with my husband Tom. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetary Memorial Day Weekend, 2012. photo credit: Envios...

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,...

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...

The Power of our Words| We,They–Us, Them

The Power of our Words This is part 3 of a series on classic concepts to understand Normalization and Inclusion. The first was Norm Kunc| A Credo of Support The second was about The difference between the words “Disability” and “Handicapped.” Mayer Shevin wrote this...

Socially Constructed Attitudes| What do you see?

What do you see? Every day businesses and community groups try to influence us with logos and symbols. Did you ever look close–really close–at some of these logos? Sometimes there are hidden messages. How many times have you seen the Amazon logo? Have you...