Friday, 21 February 2014

Weekend reading viewing: 22nd - 23rd February 2014

Revolutionary Love
Dave Hingsburger, Rolling Around in My Head, 14th February 2014
The place has been buzzing with anticipation for a couple weeks now.   It seems to me, that Valentine's day, is second only to Christmas as a holiday to be most joyously anticipated and celebrated around Vita. ... People with disabilities have more than a difficult history when it comes to matters of the heart, when it comes to love and relationships ...

The Pool
Sally Felkai, Down Syndrome Research Foundation (Vancouver), 18th February 2013
... So here it is. I am one of them. When my little duck 'A' was born, my main exposure to people with disabilities was from seeing them at community centres and pools with their attendants, hired or sometimes aging mothers whose little ducks would never leave the nest. My fearful mind immediately cast me into that role, my own body weakened from years of grief and neglect, supporting a child who would never swim or run or be free of needing me.

I laugh. That fearful vision seems as far away from reality now as it was looming and oppressive then ...

Happy - Epic Arts Cambodia recently produced this music video that will make you smile widely.  Our thanks to Ann Morrison for her permission to reprint her message to the DOWN-SYN email list,
'My son is 25 and has Down syndrome. His sister was recently hired by Epic Arts in Cambodia as an art teacher and she decided to take her brother with her for 6 months. They are having an amazing time and the experience is unparalleled for my son. Epic Arts provides art and dance experience for the disabled population. They recently produced a music video that is fantastic and features a few people who have down syndrome. I thought people on this forum would love to see it.'

You Tube link

My sibling with disabilities embarrasses me
Maureen Wallace, She Knows - Parenting, 11th February 2013
Children growing up with a sibling who has a disability may experience moments of embarrassment that are both natural and not necessarily related to the sibling's disability. But for those moments when emotions are tied to disability, veteran siblings share advice for parents to help prepare ...

Advocating for people with disabilities
Jennie Curtin, Blue Mountains Advocate, 29th January 2014
It was a career he “fell into”, in his own words, but working with and for people with a disability quickly became a way of life for Blackheath’s Bob Weaver. His nearly 40 years of service to the community, particularly in mental health and disability, were acknowledged with an OAM in the Australia Day honours ...

How to Talk to Normal People: A Guide for the Rest of Us
Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg, Disability and Representation, 28th January 2013
A lot of us don’t know how to approach normal people. It’s not our fault. We don’t have a lot of exposure to them. They’re not really suited for the kinds of work and leisure activities we enjoy, and they have enormous difficulty relating to other people. Interactions with them tend to be awkward.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m guilty of not reaching out across the divide ...

People with learning disabilities need to be empowered to fight their cause
Tamsin Rutter, Guardian Professional, 20th February 2014
The learning disabled are often seen as service-users or receivers and rarely employed as equal partners in the solutions ...  a third of Britons believ(e) those with learning disabilities cannot live independently or take jobs ...

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