Category Archives: Emotion

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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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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28. Collaboration! It’s The Right Thing To Do!

Imagine an IEP meeting where everyone is in agreement.  A meeting where the only time money is mentioned is when the group thanks you for buying the snacks you brought with you.  Imagine a meeting where you feel good about … 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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26. Mr. Hawke’s Top Ten

Many years ago I created what I call Mr. Hawke’s top ten. I think they still hold true today and felt compelled to share them once again.  Reflections of the ESE Policeman 1) The first step of the journey requires dealing … 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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