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...

St. Nick and the Batman socks

St. Nick and the Batman Socks photo credit: frannie60 In Christmas 1981, Cincinnati Public Schools was involved in two class-action lawsuits. Our family was caught up in both of them. The first concerned the right of Aaron, our then seven year old son, who had an IQ...

Thanksgiving | Inclusion and Interdependence

Thanksgiving Week: Day 1 I love the story of Thanksgiving. It is a story of inclusion (click here) and interdependence. A group of pioneer families risk it all and travel to a strange land. They gratefully accept the help of the Native Americans who look different,...

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...