Anti-Racism Resources | Books | Activities | Lesson Plans | Primary Schools

Anti-Racism Resources | Books | Activities | Lesson Plans | Primary Schools

Talking about Race with Kids This past summer, I hosted a series of chats about Race. It’s an issue that is important to me and this post is long overdue. That chat series wasn’t without controversy, but I am committed to using my platform for positive change. With that, I had promised that we would…

45th Anniversary of IDEA 1975 | Advocating for Full Funding of IDEA

45th Anniversary of IDEA 1975 | Advocating for Full Funding of IDEA

On November 29, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed IDEA 1975 into law. Prior to IDEA 1975 taking effect, only 20% of children with disabilities were in the public school system. Most of the others were either institutionalized or being kept at home in a custodial care situation–parents taking care of them but they were not…

Interview: John Fetterman for US Senate

Interview: John Fetterman for US Senate

PA Lt. Governor John Fetterman for US Senate Today PA Lt. Governor began officially ‘exploring’ the idea of running for Senate in 2022. He ran in 2016, but lost in the primary to Katie McGinty. Much has changed since then–he’s now our Lt Governor. Back in 2015, when I interviewed him, he was Mayor of…

Why Every Parent Should Get Involved in Special Education Lobbying | IDEA Re-Authorization

Why Every Parent Should Get Involved in Special Education Lobbying | IDEA Re-Authorization

Citizen and Parent Advocacy I think we’re in this for the long haul. I wrote this right after the 2016 election, in hopes of inspiring parents to step it up and get more involved. And so many have! That’s fantastic. I am updating this post as we head into a new Congress at the beginning…

27 Ableist Tropes and Characters in American Movies | Examples

27 Ableist Tropes and Characters in American Movies | Examples

Ableist Movie Tropes and Characters I think most of us would agree that if a movie calls for a Black character, then a Black actor/actress should fill that role. Right? It would be incredibly offensive to have a white person dress up as Black and play the role. However, this happens to disabled people all…

25 Racist Microaggressions heard in IEP Meetings

25 Racist Microaggressions heard in IEP Meetings

Microaggressions Against Black IEP Students Most of you know I’m all in, as far as working harder to educate others, and my own personal biases as far as racism. And, I have a platform. I have been using that platform and will continue to do so. From the series of Race Listening Sessions this summer,…

39 Ableist Microaggressions You Might Encounter at an IEP Meeting | Think Before You Speak!

39 Ableist Microaggressions You Might Encounter at an IEP Meeting | Think Before You Speak!

Ableist Microaggressions Microaggressions have been getting a lot more attention recently, and with good cause. It’s very easy to spot someone who is openly hateful, racist or ableist. I mean, I think we can all agree that if you call someone the R word, that’s ableist. But ableism takes many different forms and shapes. And,…

It was never just about Trump. (Why I won’t remain neutral or quiet.)

It was never just about Trump. (Why I won’t remain neutral or quiet.)

It’s who I am. When I was in high school in the 1980s, during the summers my friends and I would drive around the mid-Atlantic states to see the Grateful Dead. I’ve also seen Jefferson Airplane, CSN, Pink Floyd and other groups in that genre. Long hippie skirts, tie-dyed shirts, jingly bell bracelets on our…