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Friday, 2 October 2015

Weekend reading viewing: 3rd - 4th October 2015

Gail Williamson: Changing Hollywood’s Perception of Disability
David Norby, The Hub, 11th September 2015
When her son, Blair, was born with Down syndrome in 1979, Gail Williamson did not suspect his condition would come to shape her own professional future. She did, however, recognize she could “absolutely silence a whole restaurant, just by carrying Blair on [her] hip.” It was a regular, and sobering, occurrence ...

Film Starring People With Down Syndrome Takes Aim at Misconceptions
Melissa McGlensey, The Mighty, 30th September 2015
When Roderick Stevens’ younger brother Andy moved in with him in 1993, there were lots of changes happening. Andy Stevens has Down syndrome and was 18 years old at the time.

The brothers had just lost their mother to cancer when Roderick moved Andy into his home in Sierra Vista, Arizona, with his then-wife and two small children. Roderick was busy working as a filmmaker but found himself deeply worried about his brother’s future and how he’d find his place in the world. Then Andy began asking Roderick to teach him how to drive ...

10 Things I Love About Having a Kid With Down Syndrome
Kat Abianac, Parker Myles, 15th July 2015
10. I love how awesome toddlers are. They’re funny, cute, and they have big heads on teeny little human bodies. It makes you go ‘awww’ and is the same lethal combination that has made many kittens famous on the internet ...

Kids and Adults with Down Syndrome Belong in the Picture
Amy Julia Becker, Parents, 30th September 2015
Parents like us can take credit for the rise in visibility of kids and adults with Down syndrome, both in the public view and in the media. Down syndrome is gaining a new type of visibility as more and more individuals, businesses, and campaigns recognize that this group deserves to be in the picture, both literally and metaphorically ...

Subway Dreams: Disability, Inclusion, and Identity in New York
Paras Shah, The Huffington Post, 29th September 2015
The World Health Organization estimates that one billion people, one in seven of the world's population, have some form of physical, sensory, or psychosocial disability. Taken as a class, people with disability have reduced access to healthcare, education, transportation, jobs, and overall quality of life ...

What not to expect from your child with special needs
Love that Max, 22nd September 2015
..."Did you ever think you'd be chilling with Max and enjoying a football game?"

"No," he said, and I knew just what he meant ...

She's Always Happy
Loving Lydibug, 21st September 2015
One word that is often used to describe a person with Down syndrome is that they are always happy. I have taken some time to observe Lydia and see how accurate that statement is. Honestly it drives me nuts because my mind is taken to all of the times she disobeys, yells and screams, throws a tantrum. To me, she has every emotion and really there is no difference with her than my other children. However, there is a difference! ...

How society disables people with disabilities
Helen Razer, SBS, 25th September 2015
For many people with a disability, life is no picnic. It can be more like a famine, in which survival depends on unwanted scraps.

The annoying thing about this scarcity – felt in work opportunity, education and all the most usual forms of inclusion – is that it doesn’t have to be that way. The bodies of people with a disability may sometimes produce “natural” disadvantages, but these are as nothing compared with disadvantages produced by the social world ...

... Senator Mitch Fifield, the former parliamentary secretary and shadow minister for disabilities, may have been promoted in government, but the rollout of the NDIS, whose responsibility now falls to the overstuffed social services portfolio, is at great risk of little attention.

It was a shock with potentially immense reverberations. It was barely reported ...

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