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...

Norm Kunc| What’s Your Credo?

Every day people challenge me: Why do I believe what I believe? What’s wrong with the Medical Model? What’s wrong with the Charity Model? What’s the big deal about “normalization” and “inclusion”? Why is “special”...

What would you do?|Case of Shoes on the Wrong Feet

In the last post, What would you do? | The Case of the Lourdes holy water, I asked for your advice. Here are my next questions: photo credit: dcosand What do you do when you go to pick up your child from their home with residencial services and find problems with...

Building Community | People First Language

People First Controversy Background: There is controversy in the disability community about the use of People First or Person First language. I’ve written several posts about People First language: *Rosa’s Law, *Stigma and segregation caused by labels like...

Do You Hear What I Hear?|Music and Visual Art

Do You Hear What I Hear? Do You See What I See? In 1962, the song Do You Hear What I Hear? became an instant success when its lyrics asked us to hear, see, listen and “Pray for Peace, People Everywhere.” 1962 was a time of fear and uncertainty–much...

NIght Before Christmas| Disability Version

For anyone who buys gifts for a person with autism or a disability, here is a fun twist on the classic poem which shares some of the reasons it is so difficult to find the perfect gift. Cindy Waeltermann, is the founder of AutismLink and gives us permission to reprint...