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...

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 Values of Inclusion| from Down-Under

The Values of Inclusion: Valuable across the World Jack Pearpoint is a true visionary. He shares his vision with others. I recommend subscribing to his Inclusion Network YouTube Videos (link below the video). At the Down-Under Inclusion Institute, Jack showcases...

ADA and Advocacy| one step at a time

How about you? Is ADA a Part of your Life? My parents, teachers and culture taught me to blend in, not cause trouble and certainly never ever draw attention to myself. That all changed when my son Aaron was born with autism and developmental disabilities. Aaron...

A Quarter’s Worth of Advocacy

I am going to update some of the better articles I’ve written for my classes, parent newsletters and magazines. Hope you enjoy them. Since Aaron was young, the language has evolved. When this story took place they used the words, “mental...