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A Gift From the Universe to Change the World

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My son, Marcus, and I have had many writing sessions and meetings with collaborators at our neighborhood coffee shop, particularly while we were working on his first book for children and the accompanying animated short. We also wrote the speech we gave at the United Nations building there earlier this year. Today I write solo and the notebook to my right has the lyric, “The universe is resting in my arms” (from Nina Gordan’s song “Tonight”) written and

Let’s Talk and Share

Recently, Marcus and I spoke at an educational event held at UNO in Omaha, hosted by our local Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands. 

We shared advocacy videos and stories told about and with advocates, focused on the ideas and “voice” of self-advocates, and the power of good storytelling.

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Here is a list of the links we shared, plus several others we promised to share: the Advocacy Links we shared in the session.  (Click to download the list via a word doc to your computer.)

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While you’re here, some extra’s! The short blog that went

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

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