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...

Gifts|Grandma Gets a Thong

Helen Otten, my mom, died April 3 at the age of almost 93. I’m posting this in her memory. I’m also reminded of the importance of family. The twelfth day of Christmas is Jan. 6th–Little Christmas, The Feast of the Magi. Actually, it’s all the...

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...