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3 Things About the Movie “Wonder” + Suggestions for Talking About it All With Your Kids


Lit League August Book Choice: El Deafo

The book club is back, and we're set to read El Deafo by Cece Bell. El Deafo This is a graphic novel that has won a ton of awards. I have not read it yet but my kids have (and they loved it). It's widely available - at your local library, online through Amazon or whatever retailer

Fixed Income, SSI/SSDI? Here’s How to Save and Make Money Through Ibotta

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Best Prime Day Deals with Disability in Mind

Affiliate links are in this post! That means that if you buy something using a link in my post, I'll get a percentage of the profit from Amazon (thanks Jeff!), but you pay no more. It's a great way to support the work I do, so thanks! Amazon Prime Day is coming up, a day

You Know Why “The Shape of Water” is Compelling, Don’t You?

I am a member of Netflix #DVDNation. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are of course, my own. #ad  14 years ago, I lined up my first movie from Netflix. It was The Phantom of the Opera (2004) one of my all-time favorite movies. As a kid who grew up on the outside of things,

Running Out of Spoons: Self Care When You Have a Disability

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Things Our Culture Doesn’t Tell Us About Disability

Things Our Culture Doesn't Tell Us About Disability Growing up, our culture tells us a whole lot about the world in which we live. The message of our culture is that disability is a burden, it's a weakness, it's something we need to overcome and fix. If we have a disability, the message that we

Job Club for People with Disabilities

A Job Club for People with Disabilities Career development and employment for people with disabilities is something near and dear to me. On a professional level, I have a Master's degree in International Management with a focus in Human Resource Development and Training and over 20 years experience working with career development, job development and/or

Want to Know What Our Disability Issues Are? Rev Up Voting Guide Will Tell Us!

It seems like everything that protects and supports us (who have disabilities) is on the governmental chopping block; that budgets are being met by slicing our backs. Added to that, there is SO MUCH GOING ON that it's impossible to keep up. American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is aware of that and came

16 Parent-Recommended Ways to Keep Your Bolting Child Safe

How to Keep Your Bolting Child Safe Bolting is very common with kids with Down syndrome and Autism. It's also common with some kids with other disabilities, and it's different from just "running away," - it's running away without conscience, with a complete disregard for safety or caution, almost an inability to stop. Some people

Amy and the Orphans: A Play with Jamie Brewer, the First Actress with Down Syndrome on Broadway

Art Imitates Life – or Not

The Best Sites to Learn ASL Online

Learning ASL has never been so accessible

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Deaf Apps

This is a post about the best deaf apps in 2018. That is, the most useful, popular and widely-used apps by d/Deaf people. This post is US-focused, and covers only iPhone apps. Best Communication Apps Glide:  for texting and talking. P3 Mobile: for texting, talking and relay services. Includes ASL and clear-speech relays. Google Voice:

Vision Boards for Career & Dream Exploration (It’s Not Just for Hippies!)

What is a vision board? How to create a vision board? These are the questions that this article will try to answer. This was originally posted on this blog (and spotlighted on BlogHer) in 2012. I am a career counselor and teacher by training and experience. I trust this process as a helpful tool in career

Inclusive Yoga with Jessica Parsons

Jessica Parsons is the first female yoga instructor with Down syndrome in the United States. She guest posts here about her practice and how she came to teach yoga. YouTube videos are includes in this post, as well as a link to her DVD.

Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: An Update on the Lit League Book Club

This post is an update on the Lit League Book Club. It talks of the last book read, some of the challenges the club has, and a hint of future plans. They say that if you fall 7 times, what is most important is that you just get up 8. So, it's not the falling

How to Be an Ally to People with Disabilities, by Amy Allison

This post is about being an ally to people with disabilities and contains helpful, easy-to-implement suggestions from one staunch ally (hopefully to another!) How to be an ally to people with disabilities While I have no family tie to anyone living with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD), I have been advocating for people with I/DD

Voices from the Disability Community: Emily Munson

This is from the "Voices from the Disability Community" series - the ongoing, fun series in which everyone is asked the same set of questions and we get to enjoy the diverse responses! This week, please meet Emily Munson. (want to participate too? awesome! click here) Getting to Know You Your name:  Emily Munson What’s

The Very Best Carriers for a Baby with Down Syndrome

The ultimate guide to the best carriers for a baby with Down syndrome reviews and compares the most popular baby wearing carriers for infants with Down syndrome: the k’tan, ErgoBaby, Moby, Baby Bjorn, lillebaby and more

Why Hire Someone With a Disability?

Why Hire Someone With a Disability is a post that examines and fleshes out some of the real reasons why someone should want to hire someone with a disability. It’s not about “inclusion” or “retention” or “doing the right thing” – read on for more.

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