Our Story: D.C. & Agitate. Agitate. Agitate. (3 of 3)

This is the third and final installment on our Spring Break trip to Washington, D.C. It concludes with an admonition on what those who would advocate for oppressed groups should do.  Continue Reading

Our Story: D.C. & Traveling with a Child with Down syndrome (2 of 3)

This is the second of three installments about our family's recent tour of D.C. for the kids' Spring Break. The first installment provided a rundown of the many sites we visited. This post will share a message for new and expectant parents of children with Down syndrome (but others may appreciate it as well). Continue Reading

Our Story: D.C. & Interconnected Lives (1 of 3)

Spring Break 2017 was spent touring the District of Columbia with an emphasis on National Parks Service sites. Here is the first of three posts inspired by that trip. This post is a rundown of the sites we visited and some of the highlights at each. The next post will have a message for new and expectant parents based on this trip. The final post will seek to learn from these history lessons and apply them to modern day advocacy efforts by and on behalf of those with Down syndrome.  Continue Reading

Our Story: A tale of two disability support programs

Dickens wrote "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times". In the past 48 hours, I've experienced when a system designed to support individuals with disabilities functions optimally and when it functions absurdly.  Continue Reading

Our Story: The Long Arc of History Bending Towards Justice

For Martin Luther King, Jr.'s national holiday, my kids and I toured seven National Park Service sites. They illustrated the truth of Dr. King's wisdom that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. Continue Reading

Our story: what we saw & learned at Western Pennsylvania NPS sites

This past weekend was the last before school began. So, we set out to Western Pennsylvania to check off a few more National Park Services sites in my kids' passport books.  Continue Reading

Our Story: An Open Thank You Note to My Daughter’s Elementary School

I'm of the generation whose mothers made them write thank you notes for gifts received. Consider this an open thank you note to the gift my daughter's elementary school gave her and us.  Continue Reading

Our story: Becoming a National Park Service Junior Ranger

Here are some photos from our 2016 Spring Break trip and how Juliet and James became Junior Rangers many times over.  Continue Reading

Our story: juvenile attitudes towards people with Down syndrome

A hike through Cumberland Gap National Historical Park provided a teachable moment. Continue Reading