Motivational Monday: Grief And Life Changes

We so desperately want to find something to hold on to, but everything changes, everything dies, and so we grasp after absences, we hurl our hearts into the vacuum where the things that we have loved and lost used to be. One thing I’ve learned is that grief only ends when we can let go…
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Freedom Friday: It’s Time We Rethink The Term ‘Special Needs’

Language and the way we talk about disability issues are a powerful tool for change. The term ‘special needs’ is often thrown around without much thought. But what are ‘special needs’, really? People with Down syndrome, like everyone else, have basic human needs – to eat, drink, breathe and sleep – to be nurtured, loved,…
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What’s Wrong Wednesday: Jerry Lewis And The MDA Telethon

To many, Jerry Lewis was a hero. The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon was held each Labor Day from 1966 to 2010 and raised around $2.5 billion through the telethons.  But to many others, including a large contingent of people living with disabilities, his telethons were insensitive and self-serving. They said that Lewis treated the…
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Motivational Monday: Violence And Suffering

“Violence is what happens when we don’t know what else to do with our suffering.” (Parker Palmer) Those who lash out at “others” are in some way already ripped apart in their souls, disconnected from the cause and effect of their own suffering. There are so many failings in a system and a culture when…
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Freedom Friday: Disability And Independence

The “fundamental nature” of Independent Living is “a philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and system advocacy”.  Consumer control means that the individuals with a disability assets control over his or her personal life choices, and in addition, has control over his or her independent living plan, making informed…
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