Friday, 5 May 2017

Weekend reading and viewing: 6 - 7 May 2017


On the 2nd of May, 2016, my beautiful friend, Annie Love, lost her son, Nicholas. He was just four years old. A mere baby – and the baby of the family. Just a little guy but in his wake, a gaping hole. And all I could think was, how will Annie keep from falling in? ... My limited experience of loss and grief tells me that this space will never be filled. It can’t be. You learn to live around the space ...
The Little Mumma, 2 May 2017

A short video about an experimental play written by Kathryn Evans, a woman with mosaic Down syndrome who is recovering from 'frozen syndrome', a result of anxiety.
Today Tonight, Adelaide, 
28 April 2017
Tutti Arts (Adelaide)

... My intention ... is to give an account of how standing up for people with intellectual disabilities is possible, even to arguably the scariest individuals you can imagine. Here’s what happened ...
Jay Mitchell
Upworthy, 22 July 2016

In a world where science is getting dangerously close in allowing people to play the role of natural selection, this three-part series will address why Down syndrome is vital in enriching our society… now and in the future.
In the first episode we go to America to meet Stephanie Thompson, the head of the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network who finds families desperate to give babies with Down syndrome a home. We also look at her personal experience in having a son with Down syndrome, who’s been in care for the last decade ...
Attitude Live, 30 April 2017
(video 28m 37s - first video in a series of three)

I'm tired of influential people using disability slurs as insults. As long as these people continue to use them, the average person in the workplace or schoolyard or street will think it's OK, too ...
Carly Findlay
Sydney Morning Herald, 1 May 2017

No comments: