June 14

Deaf/Dumb Cool Video; John Hockenberry; Photographers with Down syndrome, Rad Links and Week in Review

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Deaf, not Dumb

[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK_G-h1uep8[/youtube]

Love it.
Don’t you?

And speaking of love. I love what John Hockenberry has to say.

When I first started my job at UC Berkeley, I dived into a crash course on the Disability Rights Movement. The cake of my learning was then iced by by absorbing any and all shreds of information I could on current, powerful people with disabilities who were doing (what I thought to be) really cool things with their lives.

John Hockenberry was one – I loved his book, “Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence.” And I loved seeing him on this TED Talk: We Are All Designers.

It’s a great talk. Watch it when you have a moment.


Beautiful photos taken by photographers with Down syndrome – some just children.
Check it out: http://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/information/for-people-with-downs-syndrome/my-perspective-photographic-award.html

This story made me think of what might be coming in the future, with all the children with disabilities (many of them intellectual) currently being given up for adoption in Eastern Europe.

It’s the story of gymnast Dominique Moceanu learning of her sister, born without legs, who was given up for adoption at birth. It’s beautiful and awful at the same time.


Moving on, this week here on the blog we had:

Book Review: “Bloom” by Kelle Hampton
My opinion on this best-selling book which is being hailed by the mainstream media as being an inspirational masterpiece.

To Name Your Child, “Moxie”
What would she be like if we had named her say…”Prudence”?!

Summer Blog Hop
The prompt for this week + photo related to assessment/disability. It’s still live; if you’d like to hop on, it would be great to have you.

Do What Makes You Come Alive
Quote of the week. The thing about these quotes – I love to make them. They provide me with mental relief, much like playing a quick move on Words with Friends.

There are some good ones happening with indirect sponsors of this blog:


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Meriah Nichols is a career counselor, teacher and blogger. Single mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E), she is also a cat-loving Trekkie who likes her coffee hot and black.
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