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,…

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…