Disability rights movement

First, I need to admit I found this article about an upcoming documentary by accident while looking for another article I came across earlier today. The article is entitled “Meet the Berkeley Man Who Helped Lead the Disability Rights Movement” by Sasha Khokha at KPBS“. I can’t wait to find this short documentary film.

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Autism Librarian

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We are the world

So that phrase takes me back to 1985 and a time when a group of musicians sang a song by that same title to raise awareness of the famine going on in Africa. Now, more than some thirty plus years later, that same phrase is referring to another cause, to help make art accessible for people with disabilities (or special abilities, as I like to say).

So the article is “Have You Thought about Art Made Accessible to Those with Disabilities” by Damyanti Biswas. It’s definitely an article worth reading, a cause worth celebrating and a phrase that, perhaps never really goes out of style. Here’s the original We are the World.

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Autism Librarian

Getting around

So I came across this article the other day over on Facebook entitled “Transportation is Key for People with Disabilities in America” and I must say while I agree with their interpretation of the study mentioned in the article (for which there is a link), I was also shocked to see that St. Louis is ranked 6th.

As a user of public transportation myself, I would say that I think the ranking of St. Louis would fall quite a bit if it had included transportation. I enjoy using it but the service itself can in my opinion be quite daunting and I say that because of my son.

My hope would be that WalletHub go back and do this study again, this time including transportation. For parents like myself, as well as, for kids like my son. Their future just might depend on it.

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Autism Librarian

Special

I used that word a lot these days. Instead of saying my son has a disability, I say he has special abilities. Anyway, when I came across this article tonight I found it very interesting and I think the title fits well here.

It’s entitled You are Special! Now Stop Being Different” by Jonathan Mooney over at the New York Times. I mean to me, are we all special in one way or another. I frequently say when I ‘m talking about autism, really we’re all somewhere on the spectrum, just some more than others.

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Leaders

Who knew (I certainly didn’t) that I would now talk about someone else who passed away last year. I think in part because I never knew she was an advocate for people with mental illness.

The article is entitled “The Big Shoes Carrie Fisher Left Us to Fill” by over at The Mighty. As the author states, we all need to Carrie on because if we don’t, who will?

Thank you Carrie!

   

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Teenagers

As a teenager, my son has made amazing strides. This kid, while  temporarily disabled due to a car accident, is also amazing. In fact, he inspired me to do an act of kindness this weekend as well.

I recently drove by a young man who was doing his job while on a crutch outside in the freezing rain. My daughter and I went out and bought him lunch and then delivered it to him. The article is entitled “Injured teen’s work ethic prompts wonderful response from customer” by Mary Jo DiLonardo over at the Mother Nature Network. Thank you Jakeem!

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Autism Librarian

Friday Night Lights

It’s always good to see when something good happens close to home. This past Friday night, before the high school football game, there was another game. According to the article:

This first event, called Friday Night Lights, brought five dozen students together. Those with disabilities and their siblings paired up with football players and cheerleaders for a game of flag football.

Okay, the last few words were added by me but, the idea and plan of action were all theirs. I only wish my son and I could have gone. Even those he’s a senior, it’s been with his help that we’ve had the opportunity to help educate the school district. One small step at a time.

The article is entitled “Friday Night Lights now means something more at Kirkwood High” by over at the . Friday nights will never be the same here in Kirkwood.

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Autism Librarian

Missouri AAIDD

Today I went to a really great presentation by the Missouri chapter of American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and I while I had doubts before going, I’m so glad I went. I went to a workshop on Guardianship put on by St. Louis Arc and at the time, I was very unsure of what to do.

The presentation, entitled “Beyond Guardianship: Supported Decision-Making by Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities” by Jonathan Martinis was well worth it. For me, I’m definitely feeling better of which direction to go. If you get a chance to hear him speak, I highly recommend it.

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Steve

Domino effect

Here’s some more news on the sheltered workshop courtesy of Disability Scoop. It seems another state, this time Oregon, is headed in the same direction as Vermont (and perhaps Minnesota).

Again, as the article states, at issue is the fact that “…individuals with developmental disabilities who wanted to work in community-based settings were instead stuck in jobs at sheltered workshops earning less than minimum wage”.

The article is entitled “Judge Approves Shift Away From Sheltered Workshops” by Shaun Heasley.  Missouri, hello? Are you listening?

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Autism Librarian

Conversations

I came across an interesting article today on the airlines and  fliers with  disabilities as the article states. The article is entitled “Fliers With Disabilities Could See Airline Changes In Future” by Becky Yerak, courtesy of Disability Scoop.

Now I have to admit it’s a step in the right direction all be it a small one, it got me to thinking that this is a conversation we need to have in so many other places. In schools, work and public places of all shapes and sizes.Here’s hoping the conversation spreads.

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Autism Librarian