A little description of our trip to Washington, D.C., for an event held by President Biden at the White House honoring professional care workers, family caregivers, and advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Tag: intellectual disability
Autism and IDD: Caregiving, Advocacy, Community, and Love
We need to step up our support, recognition, and advocacy both for autistic and intellectually disabled people and for the caregivers—both support workers and caregivers—who love and care for them.
A Letter about IDD Advocacy in North Carolina
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.
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?
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.
Intellectually Disabled Adults and COVID Vaccine Prioritization
Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at greater risk—three times greater than the general population—of COVID-19 complications and/or death. … More
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
No “Because” but Love—Intellectual Disability, Identity, Representation, and Value
Autism and disability pride movements assert unique cultures and identities. Can intellectually disabled people be more openly and equitably represented … More
Autism Adulthood: Caring for the Future and the Present Moment
Part of this piece was written for a recent conference talk—that actually instead turned into pure Q&A—so the beginning, at … More