Category Archives: disability

A gift from the messengers

Special needs fill nearly every thought and moment of my life lately. My mind has become a radio station that plays all advocacy with no commercial interruptions. Health care reform and medical home are in heavy rotation, along with the … Continue reading

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No Pity, part 1

I bring along my son, who attends a special education school many miles away, when I pick up my daughter at her neighborhood school’s after-school program. Since he started attending the far-far-away school a year ago, the ties that bind … Continue reading

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My six word memoir(s)

My airwaves have been silent lately. Some new professional opportunities have offered me the chance to share my perspective as a special needs parent to such a remarkable degree that I seem to have little time and few words left … Continue reading

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Push it good

If you’re interested in media portrayals of disability, here’s a new one to add to the DVR list: Push Girls, a new reality show about four gorgeous, celebrity women who all use wheelchairs. Seems hot and sexy and real, which … Continue reading

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No big whoop?

The special needs blogosphere and social media outlets are abuzz about this recent Target ad featuring a boy with Down Syndrome. This kid is cute. Really cute. It’s great to see him there. The big news isn’t the fact that … Continue reading

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Embracing Special Needs Parenthood…same great taste, but juicier

There’s a change I’ve been putting off for a long time because I didn’t want to confuse anyone, but I just can’t hold back any longer. Not being able to stop one’s self is either a sign of an incredible … Continue reading

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A new perspective on sinking and swimming

Other people’s dreams can be so tedious, I know, but it can’t be helped. I’m at a support group with other parents of special needs kids; I can’t see the other participants (am invisible to them, too) because the room is … Continue reading

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