Coming Out of the “Special School” Closet (Again)

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Let’s talk a little about my view from the private-special-school-closet where I wave outside but often wait to tell other advocates/parents of our choice to enroll Marcus in a “special school.”

Benefits of Inclusion in the Public Schools

 

I admit, there is absolutely no doubt, inclusion of students with special needs in the general-ed classrooms which offer a safe and positive environment are beneficial to all of the students and community. I am familiar with the research that shows students in inclusive classrooms are often more

Is this the last generation of people with Down syndrome?

The Job of a Lifetime

Roughly 24 years ago the universe looked over my resume, took into account my previous experience, my qualifications, and my goals and gave me a job that I was totally – I mean utterly – unqualified for. Parent. And as an added bonus and complete surprise, the universe also immediately promoted me, as a show of good faith, to the role of special needs parent. The application process was cleverly disguised, I won’t bore you with those details but the final result was a new lifelong job with very

Arguing Eugenics

Around the globe women are pressured to abort children deemed unworthy of life outside the womb with the justification of creating better humans. Many others do so, not forced per se, but make this decision based on fear. Even something as simple as facts are given, withheld, and measured through that filter of fear. Arguing Eugenics delves into this discussion.

I recently read this super interesting article on the 17 time points of When Does Life Begin? *From the website PLOS Blogs: perspectives on Science and Medicine. (If you ever want to lose yourself in several hours of learning cool stuff in an accessible format, this is one spot to do it.)

Even on a science website, the comments proved widely varied on the agreement as to where life begins on the 17 point chart. This is science people! Does it begin at the beginning or not?! The author of the article believes life begins at the point when: "The ability to survive outside the body of another sets a practical limit on defining when a sustainable human life begins."

Productive Member of Society

Determining if someone is/isn't a "productive member of society" is one way decisions are made: to be born or aborted, to be free to roam the streets or locked in a loony bin, to be rehabilitated or incarcerated, to be an actor or just someone on a reality TV show.