Posted on August 13, 2015
It concerns me when I hear from people who’ve stopped reading because of their disability. It concerns me because I can relate – I’ve been there – and because many of these people, it turns out, can continue reading.
One day, a few years ago, I stopped reading books because it had become difficult, with my muscular dystrophy, to physically pick them up and turn the pages. I felt so frustrated. Reading books had been an important part of my
Posted on August 7, 2015
At long last, The First State may be poised to do the right thing where its students with blindness are concerned.
Presently, a 12-month academic program is not provided to all secondary school students with disabilities in Delaware. According to DE Title 14 section 1703(e), only those students with severe mental disability, trainable mental disability, autism, traumatic brain injury, deaf-blindness or a limited orthopedic disability are entitled to a 12-month secondary school education program, with appropriately allotted funding.
Posted on July 29, 2015
In “Yo Tambien”, the glossy full-length film discussed in my last blog, we see the trajectory of two loving relationships involving individuals with Down syndrome. In “A Special Outing (Parts 1 and 2)”, a homegrown documentary posted on YouTube, we get a small but helpful glimpse into the often muted conversations about the relationship needs of gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual individuals with developmental disabilities. This documentary is less than 20 minutes in length, and was written and produced by
Posted on July 23, 2015
If only events like the one last Wednesday at the University of Delaware happened more often, and at far more institutions of higher learning. That day, young adults with intellectual disabilities and their families attended a student orientation for UD’s Career & Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) program, where the young adults learned how they would soon get the opportunity to extend their academic knowledge, sharpen their skills to live more autonomously, and refine their life and career goals.
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Posted on July 17, 2015
“I really feel sorry for you that you have a disability and have to use a wheelchair.”
The comment came from a man I’d just met in the community.
I was surprised to hear it because I’d just got done explaining my story to him in a very positive light.
He had wanted to know how I live with my disability. When I receive a question like this from someone, I provide an overview of my situation, as I
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