I think that’s why this election, this result, is hitting me so hard.
I believed that, in Hillary Clinton, my family would have a true advocate in the White House.
She values and supports families like ours. Her inclusion of people with disabilities at the Democratic Convention and in her platform was not just politics. She is a true supporter of families and of those with disabilities and has been for a long time in her career.
So, I was hopeful that we could have a president who sees us, who hears us. Who “gets” us.Read More
After a police-involved shooting, when you hear the spokesman say it was “accidental,” you might start to feel a little better. The victim wasn’t purposefully shot. It was an accident, a misunderstanding, and thankfully he survived. The policeman didn’t mean to shoot the guy while he had his hands up and was complying with their instructions and lying on the ground. Because shooting an unarmed man purposefully in that situation would be very, very bad.
But, for families like mine, this particular accidental shooting is still very, very bad.
Here’s the part that keeps me up at night (quoted from the CNN report below):
“Please be still … get down … lay on your stomach,” Kinsey says in the video.
The man beside him rocks back and forth.
Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, was accidentally shot because the officer was aiming for Kinsey’s client. His autistic client, who could be my son. A 23-year-old non-verbal man, just six years older than my own, whose actions were misunderstood.
When my kid was eighteen months old, and we were still a year away from the diagnosis that would give a name to his speech delay, I got a head start on disability awareness through a work project.
In the spring of 2001, I was hired as the project historian for a multimedia theatre production based on the writings and reflections of Sam L., a local 56-year-old man with cerebral palsy.
Born in 1944, Sam grew up during an era of incredible transformation for those with disabilities in this country, and his stories reflected those changes. I was brought on to collect information, photographs, and video clips to provide key historical context for Sam’s story.Read More
I began saving work ideas and business models for my son last April, on this blog’s Quirky Works!page. As I described in “A Dream Job,”we’re at the outset of the “transition” process from school to adulthood, and we don’t really know yet what is in store. I wanted to collect examples from other families with kids like mine, to find out how others are finding ways to help their autistic loved ones build employable skills, find job opportunities, and make meaningful work a possibility.Read More