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

Our story: IQ, IEPs, & Injustice

Yesterday, I attended a three-hour IEP meeting for my daughter. It demonstrated the systematic injustice that disables those it labels disabled. Continue Reading

Our story: A compliment at Chick-fil-A

A stop on a roadtrip, and the simplest of compliments, reminded me of how good some people can be towards others, particularly those who happen to have Down syndrome. Continue Reading

Our story: turning two-thirds of a trisomy

Today is my birthday. This year, I'm two-thirds the number of chromosomes for trisomy 21. Continue Reading