Every month I compile a list of the stories I post on Down Wit Dat's Facebook page. They are stories of activism, of inclusion, of advocacy, of education, of hope and awareness. In July, there were many developments with the Ethan Saylor case and many posts fostering dialogue on disability, advocacy and ableism.
|AUDIO||indicates an audio clip|
|APPEAL||indicates an online petition or plea|
|BLOG||indicates a blog post|
|CASE||*NEW!* indicates a lawsuit or proceedings|
|EVENT||indicates a scheduled event|
|LAWS||*NEW!* indicates a new piece of legislation|
|LINKS||indicates links or resource materials|
|STUDY||indicates a study or discovery|
|THREAD||indicates an online discussion thread|
|VIDEO||indicates a video or movie|
In July I published the next installment in my (increasingly inaccurately named) "A Brief History of Down syndrome". This chapter involved the institutions and was very difficult to research and write. It seems that many people would just like this part of history swept under the rug and "best forgotten". I disagree, as it further demeans the lives of those that were locked away and suffered so much horrendous abuse. Our job is not finished either; there are still regional centres in North America and young people with disabilities are being shut away in nursing homes. It is heartbreaking to read, but it is reality.
I have continued to fill out our home on Tumblr:
...and have "rebooted" our discussion group on Facebook.
...And that's the news. Keep the stories and information coming!