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My Brain AVM: Taking My Meds

My Brain AVM: Taking My Meds

11330123_sOctober is Talk About Your Medications Month, and I’ve been thinking about medications…and being one-handed…and a bunch of stuff…

I took an anti-depressant on and-off through my pre-stroke life, but nothing else consistently or long-term. Now I feel like I keep a pharmacy in the house – I take two anti-seizure medications, morning and night, an anti-depressant at night, and Ritalin in the morning…

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Kelli Stapleton, Issy Stapleton, and Two Discussions

Kelli Stapleton, Issy Stapleton, and Two Discussions

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I read an awesome blog last week about Kelli Stapleton.

For those that don’t know, Kelly Stapleton was just sentenced 10 – 22 years in prison on October 8 for attempting to murder her daughter, Issy, then 14, who is autistic. Kelly took Issy to an isolated area, drugged her, shut herself up in a van with Issy and two lit charcoal grills, told her daughter that she loved her, and quietly waited…

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Accessibility Advocate in My Own Town

Accessibility Advocate in My Own Town

Accessibility Advocate in My Own Town

imagesI find it difficult to do accessibility advocacy in my own town.

I do it. Every now and then, I’ll approach a store owner over an accessibility issue. Depending on how they respond (not necessarily on what they do about the request, but that definitely helps), and whether the service is available from another store in the community, I might decide to shop…

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And…Kanye West Responds.

And…Kanye West Responds.

This is just my opinion…but based on this speech that Kanye West gave at his show on Monday night, I don’t think he gets it.

I could be wrong.

Thanks to The Daily Beast for the transcript of West’s rant:

“What I want you to do is I want you to run the video everyone’s talkin’ about where I so-called screamed at somebody and everything. I want you to run that, right, since this is such big…

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Kanye West’s Treatment of Disabled People Proves that He Really is a Jack-Ass

Kanye West’s Treatment of Disabled People Proves that He Really is a Jack-Ass

“He’s a jack-ass.”

President Obama is speaking, in this clip from off-the-record portion of a 2009 CNBC interview that was later leaked, about singer Kanye West. It was right after West had jumped onstage at the 2009 Music Video Awards and interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speechfor Best Female Video category, insisting that…

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Thoughts on Inclusion and Intellectually Disabled People

Thoughts on Inclusion and Intellectually Disabled People

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Image Description: Shiny, green, circular push-button with a dark grey border, with “Inclusion” written across it in black, upper-case letters.

Recently, in an internet  discussion group to which I belong, we were debating all things inclusion for intellectually disabled people.

Inclusion vs. Segregation for Intellectually Disabled People

It was an interesting experience for me, because I’ve…

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Writing Process Blog Hop

Writing Process Blog Hop

writingThis is my response to a Writing Process Blog Hop that came to me via Andrew Pulrang of Disability Thinking.

Yay blog hops! Good times. Thanks, Andrew!

What Am I Working On?

Obviously, I’m blogging…probably not as much as I should be, but I’m working on it. I’m also trying to get some more freelance work, so I’ve been focusing on that as well.

But I’m also feeling like it’s time for a follow-up…

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Transition Planning Resource from AbilityPath - “The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs”

Transition Planning Resource from AbilityPath – “The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs”

the journey to life after high schoolI spent some time last week reading AbilityPath’s “The Journey to Life after High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs”, which is a transition planning resource guide for families. I did transition planning for intellectually disabled students getting close to high school graduation for 5 years.

I knew very little about transition planning going into the job. I’d been…

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George Takei Apologizes for Posting Ableist Meme

George Takei Apologizes for Posting Ableist Meme

ableistAs I talked about in my last entry, Star Trek star and Internet sensation George Takei has been taking a lot of heat for posting the ableist meme pictured right. A woman is standing up from her wheelchair to get a bottle of liquor off of a high shelf in a short, and the caption is “There Has Been a Miracle in the Alcohol Aisle”.

George Takei said himself that he didn’t expect the reaction that…

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