5 Strategies to Advocate for Persons with Mental Health Issues.

5 Strategies to Advocate for Persons with Mental Health Issues.

Mental Health Advocate Mental health, depression and suicide are all the chatter following Kate Spade’s death. In honor of that, I am updating a post from 2012 that talks about advocating for friends and loved ones with a mental illness. It doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. Just a few minutes out of…

Implied Consent | Why Parents Need to STFU about their Disabled Kids.

Implied Consent | Why Parents Need to STFU about their Disabled Kids.

Implied Consent Have you ever been tagged in a completely unflattering photo on Facebook? I mean the kind when you look at it, you groan and debate in your head if the person will notice if you untag yourself? It’s awful, right? Social media and smartphones have brought us a whole new set of societal…

Was Dr. Seuss a Racist? See the drawings and judge for yourself.

Was Dr. Seuss a Racist? See the drawings and judge for yourself.

Dr. Seuss was Racist Dr. Seuss is a prolific children’s book author and global icon. And Dr. Seuss has a history of racial baggage that educators should understand when introducing his writing to their students. From Tolerance dot org This knocked the wind out of my sails yesterday. Not sure how it didn’t hit my…

6 Reasons to STOP Assigning a Mental Age to Disabled Students

6 Reasons to STOP Assigning a Mental Age to Disabled Students

Mental Age I guess it’s a coping mechanism. Or a way of trying to parent and better understand our kids. But it’s also an antiquated practice that needs to go. I’m talking about assigning a mental age to our kids. In particular, this happens with students who are intellectually disabled or autistic, or both. You…

I’m Tired of Justifying My {Disabled} Son’s Existence.

I’m Tired of Justifying My {Disabled} Son’s Existence.

I decided today, I am done living life with a disclaimer. Here’s the thing. I’m tired of society making me justify my son’s existence. And I’m tired of constantly adding disclaimers to my conversations. Always adding a disclaimer. Here are some real-life conversations I have encountered within the past few weeks: Conversation 1: Me, complaining about…

The Extraordinary Burden of IEPs on Moms.

The Extraordinary Burden of IEPs on Moms.

The Extraordinary Burden of IEPs on Moms “Is it getting worse?” I sighed. Then nodded. “It is.” I was at lunch with a local administrator. We were brainstorming some ideas to make the overall climate of special education must less tense. Improve relations. Try to work together. I wonder if we can. Here we are,…

Ableism and Autism | When Autism Moms are the Worst Ableist Parents

Ableism and Autism | When Autism Moms are the Worst Ableist Parents

Ableism and Ableist Autism Moms I am just steamed this morning. Nothing like waking up to see 250k special needs moms being ableist and wallowing in ableism. Have you seen it? First, it started with a viral post about “The Last Time.” About how when you have a kid, you’re just cruising through life, raising…

Autism Age-Appropriate Interests | What Are Age-Appropriate Interests for a Developmentally Disabled Person

Autism Age-Appropriate Interests | What Are Age-Appropriate Interests for a Developmentally Disabled Person

Autism and Age-Appropriate Interests “Who gets to decide what is an age-appropriate interest for a disabled or autistic child?” This is an issue that has been on my mind a lot lately. My son will be 9 this summer, and as I’ve posted many times, he just loves all things Sesame Street. I’m starting to…