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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...

Because of the Forgetting

Because I often forget that hate is stealthy and patient, quietly crouching in the darkest parts of us, the places we are afraid to look. It doesn’t care which label you or the rest of the world uses – often foists on you and spews at you with vehemence. Be you...

Organizational Hope

Does your organization regularly sow, and grow hope? Optimism can be hard in large systems, but seeking it out, and nurturing it can result in wildly positive results. Look for the good stories. Tell them often and with vigour. Make  time and space for acknowledging...

Got Outrage?

I don’t currently live with a disability. I have three boys, 18, 16 and 12, all of whom have a variety of gifts and learning challenges. Having and expressing outrage about the lack of inclusion, the systemic oppression, the legacy of injustice, and the ongoing...

Shit I Learned Going Back to School.

    This Sept. 2nd I began a new path and returned to school for the first time in ….um well… lets just say a really long while. I went to school for a long time, and still, some of this shit is news to me.   In no particular order here is what I am...

Come on CBC!

Todays article from CBC about the Ontario Mother who threatened to abandon her daughter on the steps of the Ministry of Human Services-for want of a group home placement, has left me saddened, worried and a more than a little ticked off about the irresponsible...

World Down Syndrome Day

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...

Extraordinary and Ordinary

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...

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...

Manifesto for Organizational Thinking…

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...

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...

Book of Jobes

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 hell, and ultimately a celebration of the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...