Friday, November 21, 2014

The #T21BlogHop - November 2014

It's November and time again for the #T21BlogHop.

I know things have slowed down around here lately, and that has been a regrettable necessity.  It will be more apparent in the coming weeks the whys and hows and WTFs, but for now I will endeavor to keep this blog hop running and catch up on my #IntheNews posts.

In the meantime...

Inclusion, and the necessity for, the benefits of and the undermining thereof have really been on my mind lately.  Not just in my personal life and the upcoming kindergarten debut of my twins in the fall; it's everywhere I seem to look or go lately. 

In my mind, if it's still a question, if I still have to whip out, on the fly, an article on why inclusion benefits everyone, if I still find myself having to explain that yes, they are going together in September, to the same school and possibly the same class and everything... then this topic still has to be addressed.  

So, for November, the theme is INCLUSION.  As always, non-themed disability advocacy posts are welcome.

Add a post.  Tell your friends.  Spread the word.  Inclusion benefits everyone.

This blog hop will be open until midnight, November 23.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The T21 Blog Hop - October 2014

As we find ourselves in October once again, I must admit, I'm feeling a little more optimistic than last year.

October, traditionally in the USA, is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Last year at this time, I (and a few more like me) were met with a certain degree of resistance regarding the gulf between awareness campaigns and the actual creation of a climate of acceptance.  I personally was mocked, received hate mail, was party to some online bullying... and I didn't get it half as bad as some of my fellow bloggers get on a regular basis.

With that, and my ongoing health concerns, you can imagine why I have remained reletively silent lately.

However, hope does spring eternal.  In my silence, I have been able to listen... and have been delighted by other voices taking up the call.  Acceptance, not awareness.  Meaningful inclusion.  Equality.  Justice.  These words have been a battle cry, and will be again.

For now, I will re-share a few of my older pieces for this month;  words that I solidly stood by in the past and continue to do so now.  Not surprisingly, the theme for this month's Blog Hop will be acceptance, of not only Down syndrome and other developmental delays/intellectual disabilities, but of disability in general.  I will also invite colleagues, friends and bloggers from all over the world of disability to participate; there is so much we can learn from each other.  There is so much more that we all have in common.

Please join us for the next three days and read some wonderful writing about acceptance, meaningful inclusion, equality and justice.  Perhaps together we can make a larger impact.  Perhaps we can find another few voices along the way.

Monday, September 1, 2014

In The News - August 2014

A collection of news articles, blogs, stories and information about Down syndrome, disability and special needs, from Down Wit Dat's Facebook page.  These are from August 2014.

AUDIOindicates an audio clip
APPEAL indicates an online petition or plea
BLOG indicates a blog post
CASE indicates a lawsuit or proceedings
EVENT indicates a scheduled event
IMAGE indicates a graphic, image or comic
LAWS indicates a new piece of legislation
LINKS indicates links or resource materials
PHOTOS indicates photos
POLL indicates an online survey
POST indicates an advocacy statement made through social media
PRESS indicates a press release
QUOTE indicates a meaningful quote
STUDY indicates a study or discovery
THREAD indicates an online discussion thread
VIDEO indicates a video or movie clip
VLOG **NEW** indicates a video blog post

Mealtime Musings: Needs Matter
BLOGDisabled Americans fighting for the right to save more money
IMAGE"Image Description: A layered light purple and yellow background, painted with vertical..."

Preschoolers with special needs benefit from "inclusion" classrooms

7 Things People With Disabilities Are Tired of Hearing

Toronto, people with disabilities deserve better
POST"Good news! It looks like Build-A-Bear Workshop is done with Autism Speaks!! We will keep everyone updated... #BoycottAutismSpeaks"

Depression: Here's a Big, Fat, Fuck You
Aspergers and Depression: the masking effect (autism spectrum disorder)

IMAGE"Yeah he's different.  Doesn't always do things like you and me.  But you know what? He's my Grandad.  And together, we got this..."

Deeper Levels of Stigma

Douglas P. Lathrop, Editor of Kids on Wheels, Dies at 50
IMAGE"The people we support are fully human and equally sexual, when accepted, will lead to huge changes in how we help people". - Dave Hingsburger
IMAGEHow to support someone who's depressed
POST"Saddened and disappointed by this from Richard Dawkins..."
The T21 Blog Hop - August 2014
POST"Down Syndrome Ireland statement in response to Richard Dawkins comments on Twitter regarding Down syndrome..."
My Anxiety is Not Disordered
We are perfection
POST"Richard Dawkins does not apologize. He sees no fault in his logic of equating Down syndrome with suffering and is unable to examine the fallacy of..."
BLOGGrowing Up into an Autistic Adult
Autistic Sun
BLOGAdvocacy and Self-Advocacy - What’s it all about?
Depression: Here's a Big, Fat, Fuck You
BLOGThe Question of Acceptance
highest highs and lowest lows
Bullies, Bigots and Buffoons, Oh My
The Speed of Lightning
Words of Power
Power Cafe!
POST"I have been looking deeper recently. I am unpacking independence and the..."
POST"I've apparently invented time travel as I woke up to this:..."
This place is New.
VIDEOSpecial Needs Student Served Lunch From Trash

Putting the "Health" Back in "Mental Health"
Picking Rocks
I Don’t Need Your Awareness

Police issue service animal reminder

IMAGE"My brain injury may be invisible.  But I am not..."
BLOGX Years of Experience

IMAGE“I would rather die in a fire tonight living in my own home than live to be a 100 years old living in this institution"

August also saw another edition of the T-21 Blog Hop...

Thanks to all who participated.

The T-21 Blog Hop will take place every month on the 21st, for three days and will continue to feature advocacy posts from across the disability community.

...And that's the news.  Keep the stories and information coming!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The T21 Blog Hop - August 2014

August, as they say, has been interesting thus far.

So much has been happening... It has gotten me thinking of Acceptance vs Awareness again, the question of what is normal and not, what is health and what is considered illness and when the change from one to another actually happens, if at all.

I guess what really hit it home today is the following quote from the agency who is monitoring and aiding in my son's development:

"-Wyatt has Down's Syndrome [sic].
 -Wyatt is Twin 'A'.  Twin 'B' is a healthy female."


With this in mind, it's time for a little more acceptance, methinks.  Time for a little more slice of life, time for a little more "... is natural".  Down syndrome is a part of life.  Autism is a part of life. Disability, in any shape or form, is natural and not sickness.  They are not to be feared, extinguished, beaten.  They do not need a cure.

I'm going to extend it a little further this time too.  Depression is natural, as is anxiety and many other things.  They happen, they exist.  They can be quite disabling.  They are not to be feared either. 

I really look forward to a time when this isn't a discussion. 

Grab some ice for a nice cold drink, and read some great Acceptance blogging.

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