Category Archives: Disability

32. Letting Go. The Right to Independence.

Along with successes come mistakes, for that is how we learn.  It is difficult to understand good unless you have experienced bad, right without wrong.  This never happens with isolation and segregation that restricts and limits exposure to life.  It … Continue reading

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31. Paying It Forward …

Paying it forward…. “I do not pretend to give such a deed; I only lend it to you.  When you meet with another honest Man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to … Continue reading

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30. Why Advocating for Your Children Yourself is Always the Best Option.

Creating dependencies on others to do what all parents are capable of doing for themselves is such a disservice to families.   Is the person calling themselves a parent advocate   qualified to act on behalf of others? Everyone should be an … Continue reading

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29. Disability Rights, Culture and the Disability Community

What is disability culture?   It is interesting to note the overall willingness of the disability community, which includes individuals with disabilities and their families, to initially embrace any and all regardless of the type of disability.  Once indoctrinated however there … Continue reading

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27. Fathers As Advocates

I have always prided myself in the fact that from the very beginning I always tried to include all in my efforts to advocate – all disabilities, races, languages and genders.  I have seen the growth and inclusionary practice in … Continue reading

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24. On Site Information, Resources, Training and Support

It was now time to set the plan in motion. Initially we met monthly throughout the school year.  I selected three staff we called PEERs, Parent Educator Exception Resources, from the pool of the training teams.  Two of those PEERs were … Continue reading

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23. Information To Parents – Given By Parents

I have had many opportunities to meet with others and participate on state and national levels as an advocate, but there are two opportunities that I hold as real honors. Two of those were invitations to participate in summits held by the … Continue reading

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22. And Off He Went … To College!

We had survived middle school relatively unscathed.  He had those fresh out of college teachers who were excited about their profession and so eager to teach.  My son really benefited from being there.  He entered high school continuing on with … Continue reading

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21. It’s More Than a Job … It’s Who I Am

After my sons’ return to his neighborhood school and being provided the supports he needed in the regular education environment, (Supplementary Aids and Services) he flourished.  He was excelling academically and socially.  He was nominated by his school principal for … Continue reading

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20. I Cannot Become Complacent But Must Remain Vigilant

I became involved in this grassroots parent civil rights movement, as most do, because of my own immediate needs for my son. I was able to resolve his issues within the first year. Subsequent IEP meetings were never an issue once I … Continue reading

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