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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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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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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Yoga & special abilities

So as someone who believes that yoga is important for everyone, I found this article over at my son’s school newsletter. I will say also that I just recently have begun another attempt at yoga. I’ve started doing that and weights now in the morning.

Anyway, the article is entitled “Fit Abilities: Yoga Program Supports Students Success” from the Special Schoold District of St. Louis County. I need to go to bed now, I have yoga again tomorrow.

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What the world needs now…

Is more kids like Alex Jackman (and as the song goes… love sweet love). I think in a way this is a great article to follow up my previous post on siblings but this isn’t just for siblings, it’s for everyone. We all need to get out there and get involved.

The article is entitled “The Autism Activicst” by Sandy Fernandex over at the Scholastic magazine Choices. The way we do this is one person at a time.

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One cup of coffee at a time

Okay, so they’re not a chain and definitely not located in St. Louis but after hearing their story on the Rachel Ray how, I highly recommend them. This from a person who doesn’t drink a lot of coffee.

The coffee shop is called Bitty & Beau’s Coffee and what they do is hire people with intellectual and developmental disabilities or as I like to say, people with special abilities. I know it’s four months away still but, I think I know what my family is getting for Christmas.

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Dear Evan Hansen

Now I haven’t seen this play yet and being in the midwest, I’m guessing it won’t be here for a while. I did however see a story on it recently and must say, it sounds like a must see for me.

I also can’t remember where I first saw the story about this play but this review over at the New York Times entitled “Review: In Dear Evan Hansen, a Lonely Teenager, a Viral Lie and a Breakout Star” tells you all you need to know about the play. In fact, it’s a play for anyone with a special ability, which in reality is all of us.

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Thank you!

I think in this article, we can all take a page from David’s playbook. I would also suggest that the airlines would do well to point out this story. For that matter, humanity would do well to tell his story.

The article is entitled “Autistic Man Goes into Panic at Airport, then Airline Employee Crouches Down & Whispers in His Ear” by Josh Starling over at InspireMore. As I’ve said before I’m sure, I speak for many parents of children and adults with autism or any special ability for that matter, we need lots more David’s.

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Autism Librarian