Resources

A collection of my essays, activities, and case studies for supporting the education of disabled/chronically ill and neurodivergent children.

On the Receiving End of Ableism

On the Receiving End of Ableism

My son and I have been on the receiving end of ableist remarks throughout his lifetime. Most of it is well-intentioned and meant to be encouraging.   These seemingly-benign comments are a result of internalized ableism which is why it's hard to identify the harm...

Embracing Imperfection

Embracing Imperfection

The year I won the award for perfect attendance, I was absent to accept it. I imagine the adults in the room swapped glances and chuckles at the irony of it all.⠀ When I was given the award along with my report card, I felt I didn't deserve it. I couldn't believe my...

He Is My Son, But I Am Not Part of His Culture

He Is My Son, But I Am Not Part of His Culture

I am my son’s parent, but I am not a part of his culture and he is not part of mine. I have not experienced life as a disabled person and he’s never been non-disabled. I first became aware of this distinction when I heard Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree:...

More Than One Way to Be in the World

More Than One Way to Be in the World

I learned that there is only one way to be in the world as a child.   It was reinforced in my schooling and solidified in my career in the educational system. There are a set of rules for behaving that are socially accepted. Anything outside of that is judged,...

More Essays, Activities, and Case Studies

What Is Normal, Anyway?

What Is Normal, Anyway?

When my son was first diagnosed, I was handed a stack of white, legal-sized envelopes with the headings of clinics he would need to consult within the first weeks of life. Most of the departments I didn't even know existed, let alone know how to pronounce. In his...

We Are All Designers

We Are All Designers

We are all designers.⠀ Of our own lives.⠀ Of healthy learning environments.⠀ Of accessible education.⠀ Of the sustainable functionality of schools.⠀ Of the education we hope for future generations.⠀ Whether we are parents, teachers, students, administrators,...

We Are All Students

We Are All Students

As I transitioned from being a public school teacher to a homeschooler, I faced additional resistance within my home. ⁣ My son has never been formally schooled. He's never been in daycare or preschool either. He doesn't know what it's like to be forced to follow...

We are all teachers

We are all teachers

Whether we homeschool or not, we are all teachers. ⁣ In raising and educating my disabled son, I have struggled to find that fine line between doing school at home and doing life in the world.⁣⁣ It's a never-ending conversation I have with myself: Teaching versus...

What Is Normal, Anyway?

What Is Normal, Anyway?

When my son was first diagnosed, I was handed a stack of white, legal-sized envelopes with the headings of clinics he would need to consult within the first weeks of life. Most of the departments I didn't even know existed, let alone know how to pronounce. In his...

We Are All Designers

We Are All Designers

We are all designers.⠀ Of our own lives.⠀ Of healthy learning environments.⠀ Of accessible education.⠀ Of the sustainable functionality of schools.⠀ Of the education we hope for future generations.⠀ Whether we are parents, teachers, students, administrators,...

We Are All Students

We Are All Students

As I transitioned from being a public school teacher to a homeschooler, I faced additional resistance within my home. ⁣ My son has never been formally schooled. He's never been in daycare or preschool either. He doesn't know what it's like to be forced to follow...

We are all teachers

We are all teachers

Whether we homeschool or not, we are all teachers. ⁣ In raising and educating my disabled son, I have struggled to find that fine line between doing school at home and doing life in the world.⁣⁣ It's a never-ending conversation I have with myself: Teaching versus...