Things to Think About

Let’s Chat About the 504 and the IEP

August 28, 2014

Ah, yes, it’s that time again. The start of the school year, you mean? Well, yes, but it’s also the dreaded season of IEP 1 and 504 2 meetings. Nathan has the first, and Sarah Kate has had both (she has a 504 plan at the moment), so I’ve done both in years past – and […]

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What Is My Responsibility to the Special Needs Community?

February 18, 2014

When Sarah Kate aged out of early intervention at three years old, she qualified for public (i.e., developmentally delayed) preschool, just as Nathan did seven years later. We opted not to send her, choosing to place her in private preschool instead, because our philosophy was that because she would need to learn how to navigate […]

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Headlines, Clichés, and Getting More Than You Can Handle

November 19, 2013

I traveled to Indianapolis this weekend, flying up on Friday evening and back on Sunday with lots of meeting in between. Weekends like these always wear me out, and worrying about the enormous weather front I was trying to escape made it a little more stressful than usual. I decided on Monday morning after I […]

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What Is Wrong With People? – Closer to Home Edition

August 27, 2013

It was bound to happen sooner or later. On Monday morning, a kind soul notified me that a photo of Nathan had been stolen from this blog and was being used to solicit gifts on an online “wish” site. The individual claimed she’d had a baby boy and needed items from her baby registry at […]

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What Is Wrong With People??? – Part 3

August 22, 2013

After the two What Is Wrong With People links I posted in this past weekend’s Sun-Beams, I was hoping for a break in the trend, but it appears that bad things really do happen in threes (or at least they get reported that way), so now we have this story out of Canada. I’ll state […]

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Hello, World! It’s Baby Megan!

July 16, 2013

Many of you have asked for updates on Baby Megan, the daughter of Mr. Andi’s cousin who was born last summer with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease). Well, ask and you shall receive… The family was recently profiled by the Associated Press (available on USA Today’s website, ironically…) and the video is embedded below. For those of […]

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Why I’ll Never #StandWithWendy

July 11, 2013

It’s no secret that I’m pro-life. I’ve blogged about it before, but just to clarify: I believe that life begins at conception, and I believe abortion is morally wrong in all instances, even in the oft-cited exceptional cases of rape, incest, and the health of the mother. Rarely, if ever, is a mother’s life in […]

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Boston, The Other, and Less Than

April 18, 2013

The photo above is one of many taken in the moments following the two bomb blasts that rocked the Boston Marathon on Monday. Although we all know that the people in the photos are real individuals with families and friends, it’s hard to wrap your head and heart around them, especially before you know their […]

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We Want to Be Treated Like Everyone Else…Except When We Don’t

April 9, 2013

Despite the apparent forcefulness of last Tuesday’s rant on the Robert Ethan Saylor case, I struggled with the decision to post about it. The story picked up a lot of steam following the grand jury’s decision not to indict, but I’d been watching the case for weeks. In fact, I had a draft written several […]

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Who Is To Blame For Ethan Saylor’s Death?

April 2, 2013

I’ve been asked my opinion on the Saylor case, and given that so many other bloggers in the special needs world have posited an opinion, I guess it’s time for me to make my thoughts known, as well. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, first read up on it here. And while you’re […]

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