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A Short History of the Disability Rights Movement

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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! *Note: this post was …

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The Cultural Value of Disability

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round”]This is a post examining the cultural value of disability, as seen through the lens of Star Trek and a cross-cultural comparison (Hmong/America If you want to hear me reading this, just click the link below. [/vc_message][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is the story of a fiercely frustrating cultural clash, …

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

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[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1523746506271{background-color: #b8e0d8 !important;border-radius: 4px !important;}” kswr_row_top_decor_enabled=”false” kswr_row_bottom_decor_enabled=”false”][vc_column][vc_column_text]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 …

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The Difference Between "Special Needs" and "Disability"

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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 …

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How to Help People with Disabilities in Hurricane Harvey

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[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 …

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

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[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 …

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Telling Your Disabled Child’s Story

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It seems like I dropped a bomb with my last post about The Mighty. That’s cool, getting a conversation started is something I believe in doing. The only part of it that I feel the need to talk more about is the one point that a lot of people seem to have misunderstood. And that …

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Why I’ve Had it With “The Mighty”

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As a parent of a child with Down syndrome and as a woman with a disability, I straddle two worlds: the community of people with disabilities and the community of parents of kids with disabilities. Add to that the fact that my main disability is deafness, and I am in a whole ‘nother sub-community within …

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My Big News (& A Little Housekeeping)

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3 years ago or so I started a site called “Two Thirds of the Planet”. It was called “Two Thirds of the Planet” because the site was all about disability, and that’s what they say, you know: that two thirds of the planet has a connection with disability in some way. Well, (like many of …

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