3 Reasons Why Your Use of the Word “Retarded” Makes You Look Stupid

3 Reasons Why Your Use of the Word “Retarded” Makes You Look Stupid

This post is about why your use of the word “retarded” actually makes you look stupid. his is not a post about being politically correct and if you say anything about “being pc” I will reach through the computer and sprinkle legos all over your floor in the middle of the night, so don’t say I…

The Difference Between "Special Needs" and "Disability"

The Difference Between "Special Needs" and "Disability"

Special Needs and Disability I’ve got to admit that when I joined the “special needs” community a decade ago by way of giving birth to my daughter with Down syndrome, I was confused with all the “special needs” this and that. “Disability“, I was and am completely used to, both as a person with disabilities…

How to Help People with Disabilities in Hurricane Harvey
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How to Help People with Disabilities in Hurricane Harvey

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hurricane Harvey has wrecked devastation throughout the Texas area. It has been downgraded from “hurricane” to a “tropical storm” but has stalled over Houston, bringing over 23 inches of rain. There are people with disabilities stranded in their homes, unable to reach the roofs. Portlight, an organization that works with people with disabilities in disaster…

NDSS is at the Table, But What Are They Saying?
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NDSS is at the Table, But What Are They Saying?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Sara Weir is the President of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), which is the organization that spearheads and financially benefits from the Buddy Walks ®™ . NDSS claims to be the “leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome,” and yet in the face of the loss of Medicaid, they have been, for…

When “Special Needs”, Disability and Parenting Stories Collide

When “Special Needs”, Disability and Parenting Stories Collide

There was a great post out last week by Carly about moms who blog about their kids with disabilities, or “special needs” as it’s popular to say here in the U.S. Her post was excellent – it’s here – I think you should take a minute to read it, if you haven’t already. I’ll wait….

Voices from the Disability Community: Eliza Riley
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Voices from the Disability Community: Eliza Riley

Restarting the “Cool Cats: Voices from the Disability Community”, in which people with disabilities are featured. The point of this is to share different slices of different lives. For people to hopefully connect over shared voices, experiences or disabilities. Please welcome Eliza Riley! Getting to Know You Your name:  Eliza Riley What’s your connection with…

4 Things the Gay Rights Movement Did That Us Disabled Haven’t

4 Things the Gay Rights Movement Did That Us Disabled Haven’t

The gay rights movement and the disability rights movement both started around the same time. They were fighting similar battles, struggling for equal civil rights, for justice, and for an end to discrimination. Some 40 years later and the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal, while people with disabilities still face…

Disability Blogs: Blogs By & For People with Disabilities

Wheelchair Mommy Disabled Momma Cripperella Hedgehog Blog: Riley’s Mom Walks Funny The CP Mommy Words I Wheel By That Crazy Crippled Chick      MeriahMeriah Nichols is a counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one on the spectrum). Deaf, and neurodiverse herself, she’s a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and…

What Was Great: Society for Disability Studies 2015 #2015SDS
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What Was Great: Society for Disability Studies 2015 #2015SDS

About Society for Disability Studies The Society for Disabilities is exactly that: a group of (primarily academic) people that study disability as a subject. They splice and dice it in every imaginable way: from sexuality to employment, from neuro-divergence to deaf issues in rural India. I mean, you name it, they’ve got it covered. I…

Who Has Special Needs?

Who Has Special Needs?

You all know how much I loathe the way people use the term “special needs” interchangeably with “disability”(my post about that is here ). The term was originally an educational one, designed for kids with extremely unique learning needs. Plenty of people who have real educational “special needs” do not have a disability and plenty of…

Walk With Me
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Walk With Me

4 years ago, I wrote a post called The Choice to Suffer. In it, I was talking about how caring for an elderly man in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s helped me to heal. I was about as wounded as a soul can get when I met him, and he taught me how to hold hands…

Some Thoughts on Senate Bill 334, Abortion & Disability
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Some Thoughts on Senate Bill 334, Abortion & Disability

A new proposal by a state senator seeks to make it criminal to abort a fetus on the basis of its disability or gender. Since women rarely abort in the United States on the basis of gender, it appears (as David Perry aptly stated), as if gender is simply a smokescreen for the real Trojan…

“I don’t think of you as having a disability!”

“I don’t think of you as having a disability!”

When people say that they don’t associate the word “disability” with me or with Moxie, I think they mean it as a compliment. It certainly has that tone. “I don’t think of you as having a disability!” I’m not insulted by these statements. I sense the love for us behind the words, I don’t take…

Would You Just Quit Saying “Special Needs”?!

Would You Just Quit Saying “Special Needs”?!

I am an adult with a disability. I have a child with a disability (different from my own). And I am a professional educator. I have come to loathe the term “special needs”. I feel like it’s a watered-down euphemism for “disability”, originating in the educational sphere and has since been misused all over the…

#imready: I AM READY!

#imready: I AM READY!

So, when my friend Heather’s daughter went viral in her Target ad, she decided to do something staunchly in the way of a true ally for us with disabilities: she reached out to Katie of Changing the Face of Beauty and asked what could be done to include EVERYONE with a disability in a media/ad…

Mourning Stella Young

Mourning Stella Young

I heard that Stella Young died while the sun was setting on our camp on the coast of Sinaloa, Mexico. The sky was exploding in a multitude of colours, all bright, all fiery. Like she was herself – bright and fiery. It hit me hard. I lay awake with my children sleeping on and around…

Thoughts on the ABLE Act

Thoughts on the ABLE Act

I’m not a political junkie and my brain isn’t particularly suited to understanding the processes of politics. But there are some things that I know – as a person with a disability, as the mother of a person with a disability, as a professional who worked with disability and employment for a decade. One of…

The ‘Momcation’
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The ‘Momcation’

Mikey and I agreed that after my heavy solo-parenting gig of the summer and also solo-care of our chitlins during stretches when Mikey left the farm to buy a truck (or visit friends), I deserved a break, a Momcation. Like, a real momcation, without even one child with me, completely solo. So I signed up…

Why I am Not Touching the Story about the Abandoned Baby with Down syndrome
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Why I am Not Touching the Story about the Abandoned Baby with Down syndrome

There is a story that is going seriously viral right now, about an Australian couple that had a surrogate mother in Thailand grow them twins. When one of the twins was born with Down syndrome and health complications, the couple apparently abandoned him and went on back to the Land Down Under with their one…

Summer Disability Blog Series: Comforts & Connections
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Summer Disability Blog Series: Comforts & Connections

Hey! We’re back! Moving forward with the 3rd Annual Summer Blogging Series with the optional prompts A quick recap:  Week One: My Connection with Disability Week Two: Coming to Terms with Disability Week Three: A Letter to My Younger Self Week Four: Talking Raw, Talking Real: Challenges Related to Disability * all links are still…

Summer Blog Hop Series: CHALLENGE! “Coming to Terms”
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Summer Blog Hop Series: CHALLENGE! “Coming to Terms”

Summer Blog Hop Series: CHALLENGE! This is our third Summer Blog Hop Series and there are three ways to participate: Follow the OPTIONAL narrative arc by following the writing prompts (which are listed  HERE ). Re-working older posts that you have written or just posting the links to those URL’s is an awesome way for some of us to…

Service Dog Q & A
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Service Dog Q & A

I’ve been in service dog training for this past week and I have one week to go. I’m talking 9-5 training and it’s hard catching up to a dog that is smarter than I am. I’ve developed a little Q & A in anticipation of some of the questions you might have about service dogs…

#StopAbleismBecause – Wait, What IS “Ableism” Anyway?!

#StopAbleismBecause – Wait, What IS “Ableism” Anyway?!

Ableism: discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities. Also called disability discrimination and disability oppression. Ableism is to disability as racism is to race. Ableism is someone not giving me a job because they see my hearing aids, someone else saying that ADHD is made up to get extra time on tests, it’s people reaching out to push…

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End the Awkward: Disability Campaign of the Day

The British have The Best campaigns, seriously. This new one, “End the Awkward” had me outright smiling – check it out – First, you take a quiz to see how awkward you are – it’s here . I ranked “ambassador of cool” but I doubt that’s hard to pull because the questions are a little achingingly…