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Deeply Rooted in Our Silence Is Ableism

Deeply Rooted in Our Silence Is Ableism

The rehabilitation center we’re affiliated with is an old school adapted with an elevator and sliding doors at the entrance but does not have adequate change spaces. The only two change tables at this center are polar opposites in design and both entirely...

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...

Awakening to the Ableism Within You

Awakening to the Ableism Within You

When my son was a newborn, his disability was only mildly noticeable. When he didn't have to meet milestones, it was easy to pretend he didn't have a diagnosis attached to him. As I nestled my baby in my arms, I also nestled cozily into ableism.⠀ ⠀ Moms will often...

What if We Can Change What Care Looks Like?

What if We Can Change What Care Looks Like?

Working together for quality care is key Separating specialists from the learners or clients as well as from one another only creates miscommunication, disconnection, and unnecessary wait times in an already very bureaucratic system. We need to work together for the...

Quality Care is a Human Right

Quality Care is a Human Right

Two decades into the 21st century and most decisions made about neurodivergent and chronically ill/disabled individuals are made by non-disabled people many levels removed from the lives they directly impact. Social service is set up to assist individuals and their...

Accessibility: The Change I Want to See

Accessibility: The Change I Want to See

What is the accessibility change I want to see? I talk a lot about effecting change for children, students, parents, professionals, and organizations. I have ongoing lists of my vision for home education, schools, classrooms, rehabilitation centers, medical...

What is Accessible Education Anyway?

What is Accessible Education Anyway?

Accessible education is more than providing closed captioning to a video presentation (although this is a crucial provision to consider always).   Accessible education is: Designing learning/teaching experiences, materials, evaluation methods/feedback, etc. in a...

Accessibility is a Human Right

Accessibility is a Human Right

I am no longer apologizing. I am also not thanking anyone.⠀ ⠀ My son and I occupy a lot of space when we're out and about. That's because we have to. And, that’s OK.⠀ ⠀ When we go to the rehabilitation center, I apologize for having to stop several times during the...

Why We Need to Prioritize Accessibility

Why We Need to Prioritize Accessibility

Accessibility is not just a trend or a nice thing to do.    There is an increase in demand for inclusion, especially within education. If we’re not prioritizing accessibility, we’re sending the message that not everyone is welcome.   Five reasons we need to...

Drive Teaching by Addressing the “Why”

Drive Teaching by Addressing the “Why”

Some of the things we request from children make very little sense.   Worksheets asking question after question about a book sucks the life out of it. As parents and teachers of disabled or neurodivergent children, we always feel we need to do more. Drive it home...

Privacy and Dignity Are Human Rights

Privacy and Dignity Are Human Rights

Home-educating parents, especially parents raising disabled children, are continually being watched, judged, and criticized. Everyone has an opinion. Hardly anyone keeps it to themselves. ⁣ Nobody questions public school parents about their choices. When their kids...

Deeply Rooted in Our Silence Is Ableism

Deeply Rooted in Our Silence Is Ableism

The rehabilitation center we’re affiliated with is an old school adapted with an elevator and sliding doors at the entrance but does not have adequate change spaces. The only two change tables at this center are polar opposites in design and both entirely...

The Ableist Medical System

The Ableist Medical System

The pediatrician hinted about a disorder while I sat in a chair and he stood over my son's incubator. I left confused and in tears.⠀ The official diagnosis was handed to me without support in the NICU. I held my son, the doctor casually leaned on the empty...

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