What we lack most centrally in intellectual and developmental disability work and advocacy in North Carolina is the fierce urgency of now, to use and insist upon the meaning of the famous and essential phrase by Dr. King.
You’re My Son
My son Nicholas is autistic, and he has echolalia. But what he says in repeated speech can carry as much meaning—and sometimes even more feeling—as the “right” words.
Community Inclusion and IDD: Prioritizing and Empowering Choice for the Disabled
Should policy-directed “best outcomes” from government officials and advocacy groups reduce, rather than enhance, choice for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)—and sometimes trap them in unsafe, hostile environments?
Autistic Isolation, Connection, and Joy: Never Miss Dessert
Autistic adults, like adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities more generally, are not often seen as agents of love, joy, connection, relationship, and meaning for others. That’s because they’re not often seen at all.
Poem: My Father’s Hands, in memoriam
A new poem: “My Father’s Hands, in memoriam”
Working for Just Community: Now, Then, Always
Going through an old box yesterday, I came upon a yellowed, frayed 9.5-by-12-inch certificate issued in 1950 to my grandmother,…
The Value of Disabled Lives and Organs
Why might an autistic, intellectually disabled Black boy with Down syndrome be so much more valuable in death than in life? Because his parents made him an organ donor.
A Conversation Between My Mother and Me
My mother had 13 years from the time the youngest of her three sons—that would be me—went off to college…
An Announcement, a Benefit, and a Giveaway
I am pleased and genuinely honored to announce that I am joining the board of directors of the Center for…
Autism Acceptance—and Celebration
Autism is still largely an unknown, even among generally well-educated people. Autism awareness and education still matter a lot, and they are prerequisites for acceptance. Autism awareness and autism acceptance are both essential.