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Intellectual Disability

I Love My Son, Not His Autism

David Royko | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
David Royko

I'm not simply blowing off steam when I say that Ben's autism is a destructive disorder that we hate. How could we NOT hate it? It has kept Ben from being able to live with his family, even in the same state, since he was 12, because his needs are so great.

With Gratitude to Rosemary Kennedy From the Mom of a Child With Special Needs

Kate Welch | Posted 09.09.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

For decades, the media has focused on the Kennedy family's shame about Rosemary. It was alluded to in the article and in so many articles and television shows about her life. I would like to help refocus Rosemary's story into an impactful one that helped so many future babies, children and adults.

Serving Love -- L'Arche Style

Rumni Saha | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion
Rumni Saha

On a recent Sunday morning I was blown away by a radio interview of Jean Vanier and his L'Arche Movement. I had never before heard about this humanist and his epic movement where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and share their lives together as peers.

Texas Sending Man to Death Chamber on Thursday Based on 'Of Mice and Men'

Mark E. Olive | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Mark E. Olive

Invoking Lennie as its benchmark, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals announced rules that fail to protect persons with intellectual disability from execution. Because of these unscientific and fictional standards, Robert Ladd, a man who has an IQ of 67, faces the death chamber this Thursday.

One Family's Journey and Joy: The 2014 Special Olympics Makes More Than One Kind of Impact

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon something wonderful happening in Central New Jersey: it was the 2014 Special Olympics. Of course, I've heard of the g...

Stopping The R-word Is Not Enough: Culture -- Not Just Language -- Must Change

Meghan Morris | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Meghan Morris

Censorship has no place in democracy, but self-examination does. The larger goal behind "Spread the word to end the word" is not to replace the r-word with another equally stigmatizing phrase, but to increase inclusion for those who may speak, act or move differently.

Removing The Word 'Retarded' From Our Language

| Posted 08.28.2012 | Los Angeles

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch By Joanna Lin A bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature won't change any services, righ...

Is He Just Too Old for This?

Melanie Notkin | Posted 12.10.2011 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Men are responsible for 40 percent of all fertility problems among American couples, so why is all the pressure (read: judgment) on women for reproductive health and timeliness?