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?
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.
Are Autistic and Intellectually Disabled People Worthwhile Community Members—or Aren’t They?
I have been reading the proposed changes to North Carolina’s Innovations waiver services and supports, which are designed for individuals … More
My Talk at the 2019 Disability Day of Mourning
I was invited again this year to give a short talk as part of the Disability Day of … More
Valuing Disabled Lives—and Remembering Lives Lost
The Day of Mourning, an event remembering and honoring disabled people murdered by family members or caregivers, is held on March … More
Top 10 List: Things to Remember When Working with Autistic and Other Disabled Children
I recently did a recorded presentation for an online class at Western Carolina University–Biltmore Campus for students working to become … More