Rihanna’s Bringing Sexy to Disability with Savage X Fenty

Rihanna’s Bringing Sexy to Disability with Savage X Fenty

[vc_row color=”” message_box_style=”outline” style=”round” message_box_color=”info” icon_type=”fontawesome” icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-info-circle” icon_monosocial=”vc-mono vc-mono-fivehundredpx” icon_openiconic=”” icon_typicons=”” icon_entypo=”” icon_linecons=”” icon_pixelicons=””][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round”]This is about Savage X Fenty: disability and diversity and the whole new approach to business that Rihanna is practicing.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When I saw the Savage X long-form video on Amazon, I was blown away. I mean, it’s intense, alive, it’s…

Why Disability Hierarchy Matters in Employment

Why Disability Hierarchy Matters in Employment

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round”] This about disability hierarchy, and why it affects disability employment. [/vc_message][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]”Disability hierarchy”​ is this idea – conscious or not – that some disabilities rank higher than others. It can swing in so many ways, depending on our experiences with disability, and with our own connection with ableism. Within the larger cross-disability community…

The Gift of a Moment: Understanding Difficult Times and Choices

The Gift of a Moment: Understanding Difficult Times and Choices

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round”]This is an opinion post about recognizing and leaning into moments that can transform us, specifically, moments related to disability acceptance. If you want to hear me reading this, just click the link below. [/vc_message][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]When I first started my job at UC Berkeley, coordinating a program in conjunction with the state of California…

It’s Like We Are in Time Out

It’s Like We Are in Time Out

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round”]This is a personal post. It’s available in distraction-free (- no ads) PDF for my patrons, linked here. It’s also at the end of this post for people who benefit from access to PDF’. If you want to hear me reading this, just click the link below. [/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]My Facebook feed is full of comforting/clamoring calls…

Culture, Disability and a Game Called Barnga

Culture, Disability and a Game Called Barnga

This is about culture, disability, and a game called Barnga. My first Master’s degree was earned at the School for International Training, which was the original home for the Peace Corps. It was full of people who had been working in sustainable development or were about to head back off to work in sustainable development….

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Repeat After Me: “Disability Does Not Mean Inability!”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”3d” style=”round” message_box_color=”turquoise”]This is about the reality of living with a disability. This essay is available via PDF and MP3 (with me reading it) on my Patreon site (linked here). Alternatively, you can find it at the end of this post.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It drives me crazy when people say stuff like, “people of all abilities,” because…

Repeat After Me: “I Am Not a Special Needs Mom!”

Repeat After Me: “I Am Not a Special Needs Mom!”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”3d” style=”round”]This is about being a “special needs parent” or a “special needs mom” and how and why that term is all wrong. My previous post on “I am Not a Special Needs Mom” is linked at the end of this post.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Special Needs Moms “Special Needs Mom” is a term that is used…

Activism Against Ableism: A Short Film on Everything You Need to Know
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Activism Against Ableism: A Short Film on Everything You Need to Know

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”3d” style=”round” message_box_color=”turquoise”]This is a short video explaining what ableism is, the basic pieces behind disability rights, and what having a disability is, what a disability is.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What is Ableism? Ableism is  prejudice against people with disabilities. Ableism is real, and exists even among people with disabilities, as we can internalize the ableism that…

How Can a Parent Get Ahead When School is Always Out?
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How Can a Parent Get Ahead When School is Always Out?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”3d” style=”round” message_box_color=”turquoise”]This is about the American school system and it’s fundamental differences with working hours and higher ed.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The American school system is fundamentally out of synch with the working hours that parents keep. It’s even out of synch with higher education calendars. I noticed this of course in California, but this has slapped…

Micah’s Autism Assessment in Hawaii: An Update
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Micah’s Autism Assessment in Hawaii: An Update

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round” message_box_color=”turquoise”]This is about getting an Autism Assessment – an assessment of where a child might be on the Autism Spectrum. It is available in distraction-free PDF and through my podcast (both linked at the end of the post).[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While I am confident that my oldest child, Micah, is somewhere on the Autism Spectrum,…

The Gilmore Girls and The Lens of Time
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The Gilmore Girls and The Lens of Time

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]My friend Maegan got me hooked on the Gilmore Girls. It’s honestly pretty incredible that I somehow went through the 00’s and never watched it. Like, NEVER. Never, ever, ever. There are two reasons why I never watched it: The spacing between Lauren Graham’s nose and mouth bothered me I didn’t like the font used…

Samsung Commercial for DeafBlind in India: “Caring for the Impossible”
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Samsung Commercial for DeafBlind in India: “Caring for the Impossible”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round”]This is about Samsung commercial for DeafBlind in India. The commercial is called, “Caring for the Impossible.”[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Samsung produced an ad a while ago called, “Hearing Hands.” It was about a deaf guy in Turkey, whose community all of the sudden learned sign language to communicate with him. While I was interested in the…

That Teacher Carrying a Wheelchair Using Student
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That Teacher Carrying a Wheelchair Using Student

This is a post about the viral story of a teacher carrying a wheelchair using student on a school field trip. Updated 9/27 to include additional thoughts, and a note from the child’s mom at the end of the post. Jim Freeman, a teacher at Tully Elementary School in Kentucky, recently carried a wheelchair-using student, Ryan…

Greta Thunberg and the Gift of Autism

Greta Thunberg and the Gift of Autism

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round” message_box_color=”turquoise”]This is a post about Greta Thunberg and the gift of Autism, the power of neurodiversity.[/vc_message][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Greta Thunberg is a 16 year old Swedish activist who is on the Autism spectrum. She is one of the powerful young leaders who recently addressed the United States Congress and the United Nations about climate change,…

Mauna Kea, Being a Hawaiian Ally, and Teaching Kids to be Allies

Mauna Kea, Being a Hawaiian Ally, and Teaching Kids to be Allies

This is a post about what it means to be an ally. It attempts to explain the situation that is currently happening on Mauna Kea with the Hawaiians. It also talks about how to teach your kids to be allies and how to involve them, including your kids who have disabilities. What and Where is…

What People First Language Is (& Why and When It’s WRONG)

What People First Language Is (& Why and When It’s WRONG)

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message]This is an essay about People First Language, explaining what it is, how it came to be, and how it has evolved. There is an MP3 from my new podcast of me reading this post – scroll to the bottom for it. There is also a distraction-free PDF of this essay for you to download…

What You Really Mean When You Say “All Abilities”
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What You Really Mean When You Say “All Abilities”

These are things that I see while reading around the internet – “Playgrounds can often be an overwhelming and stressful place for kids with special needs, so Donna opened a sensory gym that caters to children of all abilities!“ “The determination to see past what you can’t do and focus on each individual’s capacity to…

Cutting Special Olympics is a Smoke Screen: Here’s Where the Real Issues Are
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Cutting Special Olympics is a Smoke Screen: Here’s Where the Real Issues Are

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Secretary of Education (and champion of no education) Betsy DeVos is proposing to completely eliminate all $18 million of government funding for Special Olympics and then pump $60 million into Charter schools. At the same time, the Trump administration is trying to completely eliminate the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and slash Social Security. This affects…

Do You Want to Help the Disabled or Less Fortunate? Read These Tips First!

Do You Want to Help the Disabled or Less Fortunate? Read These Tips First!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While I was in church a while ago, there was a call for money to help poor people in “3rd world countries,” people who were not so fortunate as to “live the American dream.” This echoed a call in my kid’s school for small things to put into a shoebox and have shipped to a…

Telling, a Poem by Laura Hershey

Telling, a Poem by Laura Hershey

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What you risk telling your story: You will bore them. Your voice will break, your ink spill and stain your coat. No one will understand, their eyes become fences. You will park yourself forever on the outside, your differentness once and for all revealed, dangerous. The names you give to yourself will become epithets. Your…

What the Teen Vogue Article on Disabled Models Tells Us

What the Teen Vogue Article on Disabled Models Tells Us

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Teen Vogue just ran an article about the new face of fashion: disabled models. Written by disabled activist Keah Brown, the article highlights 3 disabled models: Chelsea Warner (who has Down syndrome), Mama Cax (an amputee), and Jillian Mercado (who has spastic muscular dystrophy). Teen Vogue and Disabled Models: [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Teen Vogue article on disabled…

Things Our Culture Doesn’t Tell Us About Disability

Things Our Culture Doesn’t Tell Us About Disability

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Things Our Culture Doesn’t Tell Us About Disability Growing up, our culture tells us a whole lot about the world in which we live. The message of our culture is that disability is a burden, it’s a weakness, it’s something we need to overcome and fix. If we have a disability, the message that…

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…

The Pros and Cons of Having a Non-Visible Disability: A Conversation with Kari and Louisa

The Pros and Cons of Having a Non-Visible Disability: A Conversation with Kari and Louisa

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1493299583967{border-top-width: 2px !important;border-right-width: 2px !important;border-left-width: 2px !important;border-left-color: #dd9933 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #dd9933 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #dd9933 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499654335655{padding-right: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;padding-left: 50px !important;}”] Louisa, an autistic woman, and Kari, a woman with cerebral palsy (or “Ceep” as she likes to refer to herself in community with other “palsy people”) recently got…

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