Dental Visits| Saying AHHHHHH

When Aaron was in high school he needed to get his wisdom teeth pulled. Sounds normal, right? You, me and most people get our wisdom teeth pulled. The difference between you, me, most people and Aaron is Aaron has autism. That makes a huge difference in the choice of...

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...

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”...

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...

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...

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...