Redefining Disability Week 12: Describe the biggest challenge you face due to disability

As a parent of individuals with special needs, the biggest challenge I face due to disability is helping my children build authentic friendships with their peers. My boys exhibit many of the characteristics of autism: difficulty with eye contact Lack of an understanding of personal … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 11: Describe a good day living with disability

As a mother, I think my dreams and aspirations for my children are fairly normal. I want them to be able to have friends, fit into the community they live in, learn about things they enjoy, and contribute to society. I also want them to know they are loved, accepted, and appreciated - not only by … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 9: Leisure Activities

 Leisure activities can be a challenge for families and individuals who live with special needs. Some individuals are able to participate in most activities while others either have to have activities adapted or participate in a limited way. This summer we had the privilege of hosting my brother … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 6 – How Disability Affects the Activities of Every Day Life

Most of the time I'm so busy with every day life that I don't stop to think about how much the special abilities of my children affect our activities. However, now that I think about it, most of the activities people take for granted take diligent effort with and for our children. 1. Getting … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 4 – Where should the emphasis be: medical treatment, life skills, community integration or all three?

This week we are asked to consider where the emphasis should be for people dealing with what I like to call special abilities. (You can read my thoughts about the term "disability" here.) I preface my answer with a question of my own: What is the specific issue we are dealing with? Some people … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 3: Experiences with Medical Treatment/Therapy

Our experiences with medical treatment and therapy have been varied. I would say the "human" factor makes the biggest difference. Some doctors and therapists detach themselves and only dispense medicine and knowledge. Others genuinely care about those they are treating. They laugh with you and cry … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 2: How do you view the concept of disability?

    To be honest, the word disability irks me. I find it irritating that we use this word with its negative connotations to talk about fellow human beings who just happen to think, act, or look different than some of the rest of us. As a parent of five beautiful children who … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 1

  One of the benefits I enjoy most about writing and blogging is meeting other people who share my passions. One of my blog hop participants is Rose B. Fischer. Last year she started a Redefining Disability Challenge. This year she is continuing to invite people to join the challenge by … [Read more...]

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