Autism Awareness Day| Direct Action is Better

April is Autism Awareness month. The United Nations General Assembly even designates a World Autism Awareness Day. World Autism Awareness | Gone Amuck For the last week, I’ve been following the comment streams on Twitter (#Autism, #ASD, #WAAD…) and other...

Language of the Heart| Heartaches and Heartsongs

photo credit: qthomasbower In the post: Caring Community| People First Language we talked about the power of labels, negative stereotypes and the paradigm shift of looking at all people as PEOPLE First! Today, on Valentine’s Day, I am asking you to think about...

The Power of ONE

photo credit: horizontal.integration Today is Jan. 1 Could this be the year of the Power of One? We can celebrate with fireworks, silly hats, black-eyed peas and sauerkraut. We can dress in yellow (for prosperity) or white (for peace) while throwing pomegranate seeds...

Halloween Fun, Plus

Are they adorable, or what? Aaron and Tommy always loved Halloween. Me too. The holiday is such a great way to build an inclusive community. There were some segregated, handicap only Halloween parties for just kids with autism and developmental disabilities, but I...

Hope for Families of People with Disabilities|Bob Perske

Robert and Martha Perske Today we heard the sad news that Bob Perske died. He was an advocate who made a difference. I will miss him. At one of my first TASH (then The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps) conferences, I heard Bob Perske speak about Hope for...

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...