Supported Employment| Mobile Work Crews

photo credit: Bobasonic In the last post, Memorial Day and People with Disabilities I talked about how Aaron, my son who has autism, worked at a cemetery after he graduated from high school. To the best of my recollection, this is how it worked: The Landscaping Mobile...

On the last day of Junior School| Inclusion

Tommy is in the second row. Of course, Aaron is the red head in the middle of the picture who refused to look at the camera. My last post Teachers| Inclusion or Segregation started an interesting discussion. It reminded me of the letter I wrote to the Principal of...

Memorial Day and People with Disabilities

photo credit: Envios Ever wonder who puts all those flags on the graves of veterans? MEMORIAL DAY Like communities all across America, on Memorial Day our city holds a celebration to remember our basic values. A parade starts at the high school and ends at the...

Bob Perske| The Song of Joe Arridy

I’m Memory of Bob Perske, a real hero to families and people with disabilities. Bob Perske is a pioneer, a storyteller and a “Group Man.” In his book, Circle of Friends, he tells the story of vulnerable people building circles of support. Bob wrote the following...

A Mother’s Hopes for her Sons

Summer Activities| A Mother’s Hope for Her Sons with and without disabilities NOTE: This is when Tommy was 13 and Aaron 14 years old. Is summer different for kids with and without disabilities? This summer Tommy, my 13 year old son, … • Went to 2 weeks of Boy Scout...

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...