Welcome to the New Inclusive Humanity Site! Nov12

Welcome to the New Inclusive Humanity Site!

Welcome to Inclusive Humanity, your best source for news, opinions, and issues related to disability, inclusion, and social justice. We aspire to be a place of information, inspiration and perspective for families, professionals, advocates and organizations. For families we hope to be place for sharing, commentary, and mutual support. For organizations we want to be source of inspiration and practical tools for creating supports for citizens with disabilities that truly reflects their imperative contributions to community. We provide training, consulting, workshops and information sessions on organizational and strategic planning, inclusive...

World Down Syndrome ...

What ever you do to mark World Down Syndrome Day, do it with love and insistence, joy and expectation, symbolism AND ACTION. Make some noise, tell the truth and demand equity. That which is pithy and trivial can never represent the fortitude and resiliency of individuals and families made...

Extraordinary and Or...

My good friend Deanne Frère, and her family celebrated Wyatt’s Birthday this weekend. To celebrate she created a video which encompasses the dreams that every family has for their children. Extraordinary and ordinary at the same time. I have loved watching Wyatt grow up. Wyatt and his...

The Men of Atalissa Mar13

The Men of Atalissa

The often repeated quote “all evil needs is for good men to stand by and do nothing” has never been more horribly illustrated than in atrocities that occurred in a small town in Iowa. Follow this link to the Men of Atalissa, but be prepared it’s a rough go gentle...

Manifesto for Organi...

Stop tinkering on the edges of service delivery systems that fundamentally misrepresent the imperative contributions people with disabilities have to make to community. Sometimes, grand, sweeping change is necessary. Smash, ameliorate and dismantle systems that keep people defined by their...

Disposable Design Mar08

Disposable Design

Disposable: A Universal Design? The following is piece I wrote immediately after striking out on my own in this field, and after meeting an advocate from Nigeria at the Affiliates in Action Conference in 2009 in Kansas City. (Check out AIA’s conference-it is simply one of the best events...

Book of Jobes Feb28

Book of Jobes

The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later. Redefining Disability Through Theatre I had the great pleasure of attending Dr. Heidi Janz’s newest play “The Book of Jobes” last night. It was horribly sad, wildly sarcastic, unflinchingly raw, funny as...

More Than A Moment Feb27

More Than A Moment

Disability, Authenticity, and Basketball? Slowly and tentatively I am wadding back in to the world of blogging. It’s been awhile. I apologize gentle readers. It’s been a time of healing and reflection. I’d like to blame it on my broken wist and the difficulty I have been...

Healing Our Wounds Dec19

Healing Our Wounds

I feel fragile at best, a puddle of insecurities and hopelessness at worst. This latest shocking tragedy in Connecticut has caused me to want to turn tail, run to my Mommy and Daddy’s house with my children and hide away from the world and all it’s madness. While I have been successful at...

Prom Pity Nov05

Prom Pity

At this watershed moment on the path to inclusion and social justice for people with disabilities, all of us need to think critically about the things “we have always done”, particularly when we convince ourselves of its worth because “the people look forward to it so much”, and...

Foul Justice

Something Rotten in the State of Our Criminal Justice System Something has happened in the universe. There has been some kind of upending between right and wrong and while I normally really like to play in the grey between black and white, there is something sinister and covert about a recent...

Health Concerns

The following is the address that Krista J. Flint gave to Canadian Parliament regarding palliative and compassionate care from the perspective of persons with disabilities. Why Canadians with Disabilities are Afraid of Canada’s Health Care System   Members of Parliament, Committee...

Growing Friendships Sep06

Growing Friendships

Relationships that develop into real and enduring friendships are the most profound expression of our deepest human quality. It’s the manifestation of the characteristics of freedom and esteem; it answers our soul’s most desperate yearning for connection to each other. As children...

Certain Proof

Some things have to be proven. Einstein knew it, Galileo knew it,  and if you have children in school who are subjected to standardized testing you know it too. So when does the need to demonstrate your value and competency in the world begin to erode your sense of self, and eradicate your...