Raising Charitable Children | 6 Ways to Raise a Socially Aware Child

Raising Charitable Children | 6 Ways to Raise a Socially Aware Child

Tips for Raising a Socially Conscious Child I started discussing being charitable last holiday season. My son was then three years old. It began at the grocery stores because they had giving trees or charity trees, or piles of gifts to be given away. He would look at the toys under the tree and I…

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…

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. https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/its-time-to-talk-about-dr-seuss This knocked the wind out of my sails yesterday. Not sure how it didn’t hit my radar until 2020….

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…

8 Ways the Special Education System Really is Stacked Against Parents.

8 Ways the Special Education System Really is Stacked Against Parents.

8 Ways the Special Education System Really is Stacked Against Parents. The special education system is stacked against parents. It’s not your imagination. It is not an even playing field. Lately, I’ve been feeling very deflated. I have written to several people I know in this field to reach out for help, reach out for…