Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
School is coming and I'd love to see more schools with therapy dogs in the hallways.
So I'm again featuring my TEDx talk about this subject, hoping more schools will take on this canine adventure this school year.
Pure educational therapy dog magic that costs the districts nothing.
Will your school be next?
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
|RicStar's Camp participant. Focused on ability. Erik Taylor Photography.|
Read my take on Steve Harvey's recent poor comic judgement targeting those with special needs, here.
Maya Angelou said, "When you know better, you do better."
You can do better with your celebrity, media status and talent.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Registration for the 13th annual RicStar's Camp, which celebrates the individual abilities of people of all ages with a wide range of exceptionalities, is now open for all returning campers.
Registration for new campers will begin March 1st.
Don't delay! Camp is often full.
Scholarships are available.
More info, including downloadable registration form, here. Music changes lives.
So does RicStar's Camp.
Focused on ability, friendship and fun.
Paralympian, author, dancer and all around terrific example and activist, Amy Purdy, will appear on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday program this Sunday, February 22nd, on the OWN network.
Should be worth the view and the wisdom.
Can you tell I'm a Purdy fan?
I'm a fan of Oprah and the OWN programs, too.
Find our more here. Sneak peaks. :)
Special note regarding purchase of my book, Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations.
Amazon.com ( the direct link on this page) is currently out of stock of my title and awaiting more books.
But you can still buy Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs at all other major booksellers, including Barnes and Noble and places like Target and Wal Mart and independent booksellers, which I also love supporting.
Hopefully, Amazon will be restocked soon.
The BBC asks, "Is it OK to call disabled people 'Inspirational?'
Yeah. That's the real headline of a BBC article getting press today.
Can't let this one go.
It comes after many recent Super Bowl commercials and recent press that have highlighted or are highlighting the successes of those with exceptionalities, including Jamie Brewer, actress and activist and the first person with Down syndrome to walk the NYC Fashion Week runway.
That's a big deal.
Here's my take. I'll be brief.
Personally, I think we're getting caught up in semantics here and wasting valuable chat time when there are much bigger special needs topics to fry and discuss, like education, insurance, respite, employment, etc.
Plus, the word inspirational sure beats many of the ugly terms many with special needs have been slammed with over history and still today, words like retarded, spastic, insane, stupid, brain dead, etc.
I'm thrilled we're finally including people with exceptionalities in our daily conversations and in the major media, and on the runway. If the stories told inspire others, that's cool, too.
Many special needs families are desperate for positive examples for their own children. History books need to include more such stories, too.
That said, I do wish the media would do a better job with people-first language.
Note the "disabled people" headline used by the BBC. They aren't alone in that editorial snafu.
Use people's names, please. Stop defining people by disability before the story even gets out of the equality gate.
It does change perceptions about ability.
Disability is a part of someone's reality and life. It should never be the defining term.
Read the full article here.
What's your take on the "inspirational" discussion?