When a student walked past my brother and yelled the "r-word" (retard) at Kevin and his classmates, I knew I had to stand up for my brother. I avoided physical confrontation, but I used my most powerful weapon -- my voice.
While politicians and other elected officials are making every effort to convince more Americans to vote in the upcoming national election, there looms an unfathomable barrier to people with disabilities as they seek to exercise their most basic and important right as Americans: the right to vote.
I've seen the vaccination debate from many angles, and I think I can help clear some things up. Above all, I want to make it clear to those frightened parents that there's nothing to be afraid of. Here are the most common concerns I hear, and some responses.
Dear Normal, You're fickle, aren't you? Ever since Kate's diagnosis, I can't really find you. I see snippets of you here and there.
My son Tucker is developmentally delayed. And I love him. Fiercely and bigger than any love I've ever known.
Being born with a penis does not predispose anyone to being the kind of person who will bully or hurt others. Boys may be more likely to engage in physical play and want hands on activities, but there's no connection between being kinesthetically oriented and intentionally damaging others.
If there is something important happening; if there is something worth seeing or reading or hearing out there, some kind soul or a thousand of them will make sure we see it by sharing it on social media.
We will know that we have succeeded when the headlines about non-verbal children achieving literacy stop because it is no longer news and all children on the spectrum have mastered this vital skill.
I have written before about my frustration with the marginalization of parents in the autism arena. There is judgment abound among the public and even within the community itself. The way I see it, we are placed, by our own hand and others, into one of a few, superficial categories.
What has evolved is an educational program that works with the local community, and across the San Francisco Bay Area. Jessica's Haven & Rescue has a vocational skills training program that operates four days a week in addition to rescuing and finding homes for unwanted dogs.
I'm sad that you are willing to risk your own children's health and safety at the suggestions of a long since discredited group. I am livid that you would be willing to risk the health and safety of mine. So, from one parent to another, I plead with you to protect your children and others by following your physician's advice.
My first recommendation for marketing to women is to determine where your female audience sits on the emphasizing-vs.-systematizing spectrum. Put another way, how dominant is the "female" brain among your target market?
Since the inception of Women Empowered, I have come across many women from all walks of life and a considerable number of female entrepreneurs.
First, the scene: An apple orchard. Piles of children tripping over the apples discarded on the ground by piles of other children. Grumpy dads and iPhone-wielding moms taking pictures to prove their children do seasonally appropriate activities in seasonally appropriate attire.
There are several reasons people choose not to vaccinate their children, primarily born from misinformation from anti-vaccine advocates.
Ignorance, false claims to expertise and scientific illiteracy are threatening our children's health.