Friendship & Inclusion

Mayberry Is a Little More Inclusive Today

August 19, 2014

Nine years ago (!!!), I was on the steering committee and Sarah Kate was one of a handful of “poster children” for the fundraising campaign for an accessible playground to be built in Decatur, Alabama. I spoke to a number of local groups about the importance of inclusive play, and she was featured in a few […]

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The Little Things That Can Make a Big Difference

April 11, 2014

Yep, it’s Friday. Nope, this post isn’t my regular Snippets. I’m still on semi-hiatus (i.e., not my regular posting schedule) for a little longer, but I came across something this morning that I want you to read. Go read it now. Inclusion isn’t just a box to check, an IEP form to complete, or a […]

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Project SEARCH: A Great Idea Right In My Backyard

February 20, 2014

I’ve been taking Nathan to speech therapy for several months; the therapy office is in the wellness center building of our local hospital, just a mile from the house. It’s convenient and the people there have been wonderful to work with. Several weeks ago, I noticed a young woman with Down syndrome in scrubs with […]

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What I Want the Future to Look Like

December 5, 2013

At Brigham Young University-Idaho, a student named Cesar Ibanez is working toward a degree in biology with the aim of becoming a biophysicist. Ibanez has a genetic disease, spinal muscular atrophy, that prevents him from having any control of his legs, and limited control of other muscles. He requires assistance with, well, just about everything […]

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Equality, Generosity, or Something Else? You Tell Me.

November 5, 2013

At last Monday’s softball game, Sarah Kate got walked. It’s been a recurring theme this season in 10U. It’s the first level at which the girls pitch – fast pitch, no less – and they aren’t that great at it. Only a few girls have gotten a base hit, and even less have done it […]

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Is Special Olympics a Hero or a Villain in the Story of Disability Rights?

August 6, 2013

When Mr. Andi was appointed to the Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) almost three years ago, he was in for a rude awakening. Less than two weeks after Nathan was born, he had participated in the local Torch Run for Special Olympics in honor of Nathan and was proud to be affiliated with such […]

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Freedom for Sarah Kate…and So Much More

May 21, 2013

Sarah Kate has done an admirable job over the years of integrating herself into Typical Kid Culture. She was the one who requested to join swim team and she was the one who asked to play softball. For all of our declarations that she needs to get used to being part of the typical world, Mr. […]

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Left Behind

February 5, 2013

On Saturday morning, I took Sarah Kate to register for spring softball. It was a much different experience from a year ago when I signed her up for the first time. There was no anxiety about making the leap. There was no wondering if people would look at her funny. There wasn’t even my generalized […]

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Why I’m Not a Fan of the Fed’s Ruling Regarding Equal Opportunity in Sports for Students With Disabilities

January 31, 2013

In last Friday’s Snippets, I invited you to suggest future topics for the blog. Reader Ali had a request: that I share how I feel about the new federal regulations mandating that schools allow kids with disabilities to participate in sports. I should have known better than to open that door on what was a spur of […]

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Sometimes It Pays to Be Last

January 17, 2013

If you saw Tuesday’s post, then you figured out that we did, indeed, make it down to Disney for marathon weekend. Nathan hasn’t missed one yet (including when he was in the womb), but it was Sarah Kate’s first. I didn’t plan to take her, but her school had half-day off on Thursday and all […]

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