Manifesto for Organizational Thinking…

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...
Code Word: Bud

Code Word: Bud

So I took my kids to our community outdoor pool yesterday. You may have seen us. We were the rag tag group, arguing with Grandma at the admission counter over who would pay, the haggard looking Mom who realized (only after her children requested it) that she had...
The Pity Peddlers

The Pity Peddlers

Every once in a while you get to be present when “what goes around comes around”. This week I was sent a link to this video about the perils of using pity, segregation and charity to raise money for organizations that serve people with disabilities. As my...
Unreported Abuse

Unreported Abuse

Charlie (my 8-year-old) came home school today with a deflated spirit. When his Grandma and I both asked him what was troubling him, we got the standard “Nothing Mommy, it’s okay Mommy”. You see Charlie has apraxia which has resulted in some pretty significant speech...
Lost Summer

Lost Summer

A Requiem for a Lost Summer and a Broken Spirit. In relative recent history many people with developmental disabilities have been subjected to the tyranny of behavior modification. How many of us who have done this work over our life time are familiar with terms like...
Belonging…

Belonging…

Krista J. Flint Looks Retrospectively at a Piece She Wrote Years Ago: I can’t believe I wrote this piece seven years ago when my now 14 year old was only seven. My three boys, Oliver (14) Simon (12) and Charlie (8) know first hand how much better their school, scout...