“It is hard work. The social model of disability teaches us that it is going to be hard work. But, it was also hard work when Matthew was in institutional settings. In institutional settings, it was hard work to make a change because of the powerlessness [against the organization]. Now it [the social model] is hard work, just a different kind of hard work. For example, finding someone to live with Matthew. But now we have control and power.”Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
What do self-advocates need to know? “Language – if folks don’t have the right language to tell us that something happened, how can they tell us? If you don’t know the language of your body, how can you tell somebody when something goes wrong?”Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
8 months after moving out of mom and dad’s Sarah shares her experience, including; managing support, learning to keep a house, and her evolving relationship with mom.Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
If not me, then whoIn this video, I answer this question. Click above to watch! … If I am not there to care and look out for my son or daughter, then who will be? It is a big question, but it is also something we avoid talking about because we have to realize our own death. BUT, if we …Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
Over the past few years, I’ve been thinking deeply about how to best support families with a loved one with a disability to create a happy and full life for their loved one – and a good life that isn’t dependent on parents (forever)… I know this is possible because I have friends with disabilities …Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
As families, we have the question of who will care for our loved one with a disability when we no longer can?
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have less than 20% of the number of relationships compared to a typical person.
This leads to loneli…Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
“A vision with opportunities can create life-giving possibilities. Without that there can be no sense that these possibilities exist. [For example] A lot of people with disabilities were raised with the belief that work and employment would not be a part of their…Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
People access the good things in life through the roles we play in society. It is also how we connect and understand each other. One of the first questions we ask someone is “what do you do?”. It helps us understand and relate to each other through roles.” – Genia Step…Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
“It [life] isn’t joy or sorrow, it Is is a rollercoaster, and when we take care of each other we can get through it [life] with greater joy.” -Yvonne HeathListen to Podcast / Read Blog
“We are all one, we are all equal, we are all people. What people with IDDs want is they want the same rights as everyone else.” – Ben DrewListen to Podcast / Read Blog