Tagged with disability

#StopTheShock

I wrote the following in January of 2015. Even then, the battle was far from new. Autistic people and those who love them have been fighting to end this desperately inhumane form of torture for YEARS. Please, please get involved. At the end of the post, you will find quick, concrete ways to make your … Continue reading

a conversation about disability, equality, and the bachelor finale – this is my life, people

a conversation about disability, equality, and the bachelor finale – this is my life, people

{image is a photo of Chris Soules, better known to Bachelor watchers as The Farmer. Don’t judge.} Ableism (/ˈeɪbəlɪzəm/) is a form of discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities. It may also be referred to as disability discrimination, ablecentrism, physicalism, handicapism, and disability oppression. – Wikipedia – On Tuesday, I took the day … Continue reading

special globe, usa today, and my daughter

special globe, usa today, and my daughter

    {image is a photo of Katie and Brooke wheeling their bags through the Orlando airport last year.} At the end of January, I was contacted by a travel reporter. He was planning to write a feature in USA Today highlighting Special Globe, an up and coming travel service for families including children with … Continue reading

online privacy – part a million

online privacy – part a million

{Image is a photo of a single type-written word. Privacy.} Last night, I found myself in a long conversation on Diary’s Facebook page about what it means to me to be the guardian of my daughters’ privacy. And as much as I’d like to channel Ilsa and let it go, I can’t. Because this is big … Continue reading

autism and sexuality – consulting the experts

autism and sexuality – consulting the experts

Image is a photo of two people holding hands – Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world. Karl Kraus Whether or not it’s something we are comfortable discussing, sexuality is a thing. A big thing. A huge part, in fact, of the human experience. So huge that it’s part … Continue reading

credible

credible

It’s Saturday morning. Boston Ballet is holding auditions for the Nutcracker. Hopeful little ballerinas gather, line up, and are shepherded in various directions to go do whatever it is that they do. They are color coded, as it were. The littlest in light pink leotards, the slightly older girls in pale blue. All of them have … Continue reading

welcome to the club – evolved

In May of 2009, I wrote a post that would, in many ways, come to define Diary. It has been shared around the world, reprinted in more languages than I can count, appears in two anthologies, and, in a slightly edited version, will soon debut in the inaugural issue of Zoom Magazine. When I looked at … Continue reading

different roads to success

different roads to success

{image is a photo of Brooke standing on Luau’s shoulders on the beach in Newport, RI. She looks as though she is flying. Photo courtesy of Connerton Photography’s magic lens. All rights reserved.} – During the talk, Dr Draper asked a ten year-old girl to come to the stage. She asked her her name. The girl … Continue reading

what you can’t tell me

Image is a photo of Brooke at age five. She is at the top of a climbing wall during a class for autistic kiddos that I helped to create at a local play gym. One of the first of so many CAN’Ts, WON’Ts and WILL NEVERs that became DIDs.    You can tell me that … Continue reading