January 2015 Update: Jiritsu, originally posted on Stay Quirky in 2013, has been revised and re-posted here.

Dec. 4, 2013 Update:  An adapted version of “Jiritsu” was published in Pentimento Magazine’s December 2013 issue!

Please go to Pentimento Magazine and subscribe – their premiere issue in July 2013 assembled a beautiful collection of essays and poems written by those living with disabilities or by their caregivers. I was immediately intrigued and eager to connect with this new venture, and I am thrilled that they chose “Jiritsu” for their second issue.

From Pentimento:

Through art, photography, essays, stories, and poetry, Pentimento Magazine will ask its readers to see beyond disabilities and physical challenges.  To see the ways in which we are all connected, and find in our pages a sense of the what the poet Emily Dickinson wrote:  ‘I felt it shelter to speak to you.’

I hope that you will support, read, submit to, and spread the word about Pentimento Magazine!

Mid-Year Progress Report: 2013 IEP (For Me)

It is time for a New Year’s Resolution Progress Report! (Ah, you thought I forgot, didn’t you?)

Inspired by the beauty that is Special Education, I created a handy-dandy 2013 IEP (For Me) in January 2013 to design and track appropriate self-improvement goals in five (5) skill areas. Analysis of RTI data in previous years had found that verbal resolutions were broken within 2-3 weeks of January 1; written resolutions were held onto only slightly longer, in part because they lacked a public accountability component.

The original document, which can be viewed in full HERE, includes some additional target lists, benchmarks, and key accommodations.

Progress on 2013 goals stands as follows: Read More