Systems Theory| Family Reunions part 2

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series: Going to the family reunion, or not? Part 2: The Circles of Life See Part 1: Going to the family reunion, or not? See Part 3: Going to the family reunion? Shave your armpits. The Circles of Life We’ve all heard the quote about...

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...

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...

Chocolate Covered Fun for All Ages and Abilities

Mouth watering? Don’t these chocolate covered strawberries look delicious? For the Holidays, or any day, what about making chocolate covered treats or gifts for the people you love? Chocolate Covered Fun for ALL AGES and Abilities Parents, Special Education...

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...

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...