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...

Hope for Families of People with Disabilities|Bob Perske

Robert and Martha Perske Today I was thinking of Martha and Bob Perske. Martha’s beautiful sketches of children with disabilities are in frames over my desk and in buildings all over this country. Bob is now gone, but as we each get older and wonder if our lives...

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...

What makes you special?

photo credit: jpellgen My granddaughter, Isabella, brought home a paper where all her classmates wrote a sentence about what they liked about her. It reminded me of this story. God Bless her third grade teacher, Mrs. Link. This anonymous story is titled simply,...

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,...