These disparities demand urgent attention. They rob individuals and families of dignity and self-respect, deny their participation in the workforce and economic mainstream and diminish their quality of life.
Rarely, if ever, have I encountered a movie, animated or live action, so replete with positive representations of multiple disabilities, that simultaneously avoids stereotypical pity and triumph narratives and refuses to deny truths like bullying, isolation, despair, and grief.
You know the company you work for, and if you have been there long enough you have seen how it supports or does not support its employees in difficult times. There is so much you are dealing with when you are newly diagnosed, perhaps have your advocate take on some of the research responsibility.
Imagine the possibilities if students thought of college graduation not as ending point, but a starting point -- the beginning of their own journey to change the world, person by person, community by community. This is the true power of a degree.
War is difficult for everyone, but one of the often untold stories of many conflicts is the profound isolation, abandonment, and neglect faced by people with disabilities in conflicts around the world.
So what can you do to deliver the gift of Olmstead to your community? How about putting together a work group of disability rights lawyers and community advocates to plan an Olmstead educational campaign. Conduct Olmstead forums, agency in-services and/or an ADA social media campaign.
Every child, regardless of disability, has the right to attend a quality, inclusive school on an equal basis with others. Until that right is realized, we continue to fail inside and outside the classroom.
To be clear, Ohio's HB 135 and Indiana's HB 1337 use sympathy and pity toward a minority group as a tool to garnish rights from a large swath of the general population: ALL women. However, these regulations victimize people who live with Down syndrome even more than people who don't.