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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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Ableist Stuff All Over the Internet

Ableist Stuff All Over the Internet

Last week I came across four media pieces that were to varying degrees, ableist, or at least had terribly ableist comments. Stuff that really made me cringe.

Let’s start get started with this.

New York Times Magazine: “The Kids Who Beat Autism”

This article was the most ableist of the four pieces, and it was painful to get through.

Phrases such as “overcoming autism” and “stopped being autistic”…

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Interview with Cheryl Green

Interview with Cheryl Green

cheryl green

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As promised, here’s the link to the interview that I did with Cheryl Green: http://whoamitostopit.com/2014/08/01/stories-brainreels-sarah-levis/

For those of you who don’t know about Cheryl Green and her work, she’s an activist in the disability community, a filmmaker, and a writer. She’s particularly focused on issues associated with Traumatic Brain Injury.…

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A Little Moxie Summer Blog Hop Challenge, Prompt #2

A Little Moxie Summer Blog Hop Challenge, Prompt #2

with a little moxieThe second prompt in Meriah Nichol’s Summer Blog Hop Challenge over at A Little Moxie is: Coming to Terms With Disability in My Life.

This question is timely, as I actually touched on this subject with brain injury advocate Cheryl Green when she recently interviewed me.

I talked in my last summer blog hop postabout my friendship with Ivy, an intellectually disabled woman that I met through a…

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Commonwealth Games: Raising the Bar on Integration

Commonwealth Games: Raising the Bar on Integration

commonwealth gamesSo I was going to post about the second prompt in Meriah Nicholl’s Summer Blog Hop Series Challenge over at With a Little Moxie (which puts me a month behind, lol), but I learned something about the Commonwealth Games that I’d like to talk about first.

I don’t usually watch televised sports, and in recent years that come to include the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games and any other…

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With a Little Moxie Summer Blog Hop: My Connection With Disability

With a Little Moxie Summer Blog Hop: My Connection With Disability

with a little moxieI’m going to try to catch up in the next little while with the With a Little Moxie Summer Blog Hop.

(Confession: I was trying to do that last week, too, until I realized that I was answering a prompt for a previous summer’s blog hop. Oops.)

This week I’ve got it together, and I’m starting off with the first prompt for this summer’s With a Little Moxie Blog Hop. Meriah Nichols has come up with…

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On Faith and Intellectually Disabled People: Jesus Saves

On Faith and Intellectually Disabled People: Jesus Saves

intellectually disabledI was coming out of an odd space, spiritually, going into my AVM surgery.

I was raised in the Anglican church, which has historically been relatively liberal as the Christian denominations go. However, the congregation in which I spent my teenage years had decidedly Pentecostal leanings – very un-Anglican, where the joke used to go that when people ask “Are you saved?” we’re genuinely confused…

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Disability Visibility Project Underway

Disability Visibility Project Underway

disability visability projectIn celebration of the American with Disability Act’s 25th anniversary, disability advocate (and all-around awesome person) Alice Wong and National Public Radio’s StoryCorps have launched the Disability Visibility Project.

People in the disability community are invited to schedule an interview time at one of StoryCorp’s three locations, or at one of the mobile locations across the country, so that…

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Happy Canada Day!

canada dayThis is my third Canada Day post.

Along the themes of my other Canada Day posts, I’d like to reiterate how lucky I am, as someone who’s needed a lot of medical treatment, to live in Canada. Cost wasn’t a factor in my decision (and ultimately, as I had next to no money when I discovered that I’d need brain surgery, my family’s decision) to have my AVM treated.

Heck, I could barely have afforded…

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