Disney Cruise, Part 2: Sailing With Two Special Needs Kids


Based largely on Ellen’s review of the Disney Fantasy, I felt pretty confident going in that it would be a good experience. What I wasn’t sure about was what the experience would be like for OUR family. Every kid with special needs is different, and we have two! How would a Disney cruise go for our […]

Is Sarah Kate’s Story Inspirational, or Inspiration Porn?


There’s no doubt that the two videos RunDisney produced about Sarah Kate were meant to inspire people. The marathon and half marathon are on many people’s bucket lists, and with good reason: they present a challenge, within reach of ordinary people, that require a lot of hard work and willpower to complete. The #WhyIRunDisney video series features many […]

Mayberry Is a Little More Inclusive Today


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 […]

What I Want the Future to Look Like

Trevor Morrill, Cesar Ibanez and Trevor Rubio make their way across the BYU-Idaho campus | Photo Courtesy of the Idaho Statesman

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 […]

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

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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 […]

10 Things to Know About Miss You Can Do It

Despite spending an embarrassing number of hours watching Toddlers & Tiaras in the past, I’m not a fan of pageants. I think there’s a part of me – I hope I’m not the only one – that draws a perverse comfort from seeing how whackadoo some people can be. I’m sure it’ll come as no […]

To the Lady in the Black Sedan…


I get it. I understand why you did what you did. The main parking lot is a pretty long walk from the building, and the circular drive out front is always a clusterfark during pickup and dropoff for swim team. Your kids are old enough to be left at practice by themselves (I’m guessing 7-8?) […]

A Triad of Evil…Delivered On My iPad

On Monday, a verdict was reached in the case of Kermit Gosnell: guilty of the murder of three babies, guilty of involuntary manslaughter  in the overdose death of a female patient, and guilty of a host of other lesser charges. Did you read the grand jury report? I tried but had a difficult time with […]

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

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 […]

Who Is To Blame For Ethan Saylor’s Death?

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 […]