Category Archives: Disability

51. Why not Italy??

I recently heard a mom recite the Emily Perl Kingsley poem, “Welcome to Holland.  This has been the mainstay of describing parental emotions for decades.  When I first heard it, I understood the message as a newbie parent and was … Continue reading

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50. Exploring the World of Eligibility after Entitlement

Exploring the world of eligibility after entitlement, a place where only the tenacious excel. I recently helped a friend with a disability apply for adult services. What a rude awakening to a whole other process. There is no lever of … Continue reading

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43. Community Accountability

In regard to disability, I have become convinced that the only sustainable way to achieve equality will not come from a trickle-down effect. As well-meaning as anyone would like to believe government passage of law to be, enforcement is not … Continue reading

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40. Trust Given Is So Hard To Get Back Once Lost.

Trust given is so hard to get back once lost. In the beginning, with blind trust in the professionals working with our child, there was never a need for conflict because there was an assumption that whatever was being done … Continue reading

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39. Understanding Chain of Command, Structure and Written Policy

Often parents will experience frustration because they have identified a problem, carefully documented the course of events, and then failed to achieve resolution because they sought enforcement from the wrong person or agencies. It is important understand what policies or … Continue reading

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38. Advocating For Full Inclusion

Naturally occurring supports and services in school, neighborhood, and community are something we use every day in life and the greatest reason for advocating for full inclusion. For most of us being included is a right but for some individuals with … Continue reading

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37. Feeling the Power of Knowledge

Self-advocacy and self-empowerment begin once we start to acquire information.  What happens when finally we find the information lifeline and the light bulb of understanding becomes lit?  I have shared, previously, the frustration I felt when I did not have access … Continue reading

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