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The Gift of a Moment: Understanding Difficult Times and Choices

When I first started my job at UC Berkeley, coordinating (- and “coordinating” is UC Berkeley-speak for managing/directing) a program in conjunction with the state of California specifically for the employment of students with disabilities, I was a greenhorn with disability. Disabled myself, sure, and that’s why I was hired: I had a Master’s degree …

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A Short History of the Disability Rights Movement

The Disability Rights Movement is an integral part of US American history. This post is a very, VERY short summary of what it was/is, with the best videos out there on it, and some suggested resources for more information. Read more and investigate the links at the end of the post! The Disability Rights Movement [...]
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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. This 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 [...]
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The Difference Between "Special Needs" and "Disability"

Special Needs and Disability I've got to admit that when I joined the "special needs" community 8 years 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 [...]
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How to Help People with Disabilities in Hurricane Harvey

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

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 [...]
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