The cost of lonliness

Some people are not given much opportunity to make friends or be in a romantic relationship. The Cost of Lonliness  Project  identifies  loneliness as rapidly emerging  to become the greatest public health crisis of our time. When thinking about supporting people with intellectual  and developmental disabilities,  there is a  need to ensure that support includes […]

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New Research Suggests Social Issues are Down to Neurotypicals more than Autistics

Originally posted on Intersectional Neurodiversity:
Picture by Joan M. Mas Autism is seen, in popular representations, largely as a social and communication disorder. Formerly framed as stemming from an autistic lack of a “social instinct”, the current dominant idea is that something is deficient or missing in autistic social cognition. Often referred to as a cognitive…

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Free IEP Meeting notes form.

I am going to be giving away some forms  that  I use to keep documentation for my children. Here is a quick tutorial on my meeting notes form,  download is below- enjoy!   Download your Free Meeting notes form here: IEP MEETING NOTES FINAL IEP MEETING NOTES- SAMPLE FINAL

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Unacceptable

My aunt and her husband lived in a duplex atop a very steep hill.  When we would visit I would lay at the top of the hill and roll all the way down, a vortex of sun and soft grass. When the sky stopped its slow pinwheel of blue and white I would race to […]

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Weighted

My husband was recounting a story to me about a friend who has a child with a disability. Something bad happened to the child at school. Naturally, the parents wanted changes made to ensure that their child was safe. The school did not provide what was needed. The family moved on to legal action but, […]

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Wait for it

I  had the pleasure of attending a meeting recently  where John McKnight was speaking about families as the catalyst for change in their communities. The organization that hosted the meeting is the Starfire Council and you can learn more about the work that they do here. I was excited to attend the meeting because I am […]

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Echoes of Atalissa: Federal agency sues bunkhouse owner for exploiting mentally disabled workers

“In September 2016, the EEOC sued Byrd’s company, Work Services Inc., alleging it had forced its intellectually disabled workers to live in a crowded, substandard bunkhouse, paid them “unconscionable wages” that were less than what nondisabled workers were paid, and subjected the men to a hostile work environment in which they were called “stupid,” “retarded” […]

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Hoarder

She put a padlock on the outside of her bedroom door. My mom’s roommate. She was beautiful and wild and I was completely in love with her. She was kind to me. She took me out for spaghetti once. Another time a picnic. But that day, the day of the lock, she was enraged. She […]

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