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Graduation?

If you follow us on social media, then you probably know Joel attended his first regular high school prom and he attended his graduation! Woo-hoo! Prom: Joel is an amazing dancer and loves going to shindings, but we have never let him venture out…

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Morgan’s Wonderland

We visited Morgan’s Wonderland two weekends ago. In case you don’t, Morgan’s Wonderland is the only fully inclusive theme park in the world. Sadly, their water park was closed still… huge bummer. I was very impressed with all of the wheelchair accessible swings and…

Death by Cop

Ethan Saylor. He was a 26 year-old who had down syndrome. He died five years ago while in police custody. I know I’ve written about it before but I wanted to revisit Ethan’s case. Ethan loved the movie Zero Dark Thirty. He loved it…

Sheltered Workshops

I’m not sure how familiar everyone is on sheltered workshops. Simply put, sheltered workshops are a supervised workplace for adults with intellectual disabilities, where the are trained and employed separately from everyone else. People who work in sheltered workshops are typically paid well below…

Sexual Assault and other Crimes against People with Disabilities

Crime and discrimination against people with disabilities is a growing problem. What makes it worse is that many incidents do go unreported. Some people refer to this as the silent epidemic because of the inability of most victims to verbalize, to know what is…

Like They Know What Love Is

I recently had an encounter with Joel’s principal that left me a little shocked. My mom and I were waiting in the office for Joel’s IEP and the principal saw us and started a conversation. She recognized us and started talking to us about…

Happy World Down Syndrome Day

It’s World Down Syndrome DAY!! I hope everyone is celebrating in some way today. I love seeing the pictures of the crazy socks and heartfelt stories. I am so blessed to be part of the down syndrome community. I know I’ve mentioned a million…

Restroom Wars

We’ve been hearing a lot of debate about who can use which restroom because of the increased awareness of individuals who are transgender. As with many minority groups, they began to advocate for things they found important, one of the most famous being that…

IEP Guide

If you’re here chances are you know what an IEP is. Individualized Education Program. In case you don’t know, I work at my state’s Parent Information and Training Center. Find yours here. I work with families daily on IEPs, special education, and all disability…

Joel’s Birthday Revelations

Joel’s 18th birthday was this weekend, he’s officially an adult!¬† Our boy is so grown and he never ceases to amaze me and make my heart melt. This was very big birthday for us. We celebrated his golden birthday on Sunday, 18 on the…

Ableism Kills

In case you don’t know what ableism is, it’s discrimination against people with disabilities. Whether it is intentional or not. It can look like typical discrimination expression¬† like hate for people with disabilities and rejection of disabled applicants for housing and jobs. Or it…

I’m Sorry

This picture was taken in Leakey, Texas this past Thanksgiving. Joel struggled so hard to get up there and I think I’ve mentioned this before but he really has some balance issues. We all had to push him up because he was determined to…