Let’s hear it for Musikgarten!

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The Disability Intersection is launching virtual toddler (16 months-3 and a half years) and preschool age (3-5) Musikgarten classes for fall. These will be held over zoom. Children of all abilities and their grownups welcome. More information to follow. For a Musikgarten class video to give you an idea of the activities, see I teach… Continue reading Let’s hear it for Musikgarten!

What Disabled Kids Truly Need

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From the age of eighteen months to age nine, I went to a school solely for disabled kids. There we had students who were toddlers through the age of twenty two with various disabilities and health issues. We frequently had assemblies outside and school dances on our outside recreation area/sports court. I would sing at… Continue reading What Disabled Kids Truly Need

My voice

I love music. I love writing and art and singing. I am choosing to start putting songs on the website, sung by me and later others who may want to do this. As a child, I performed. Then I grew up and became more self conscious, remembering abuse and bullying, and I would only sing… Continue reading My voice

The Path Ahead

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This coming year, I plan: Creative movement classes for adults (Launching in February) Nutrition Counseling services for kids and adults with and without disability and chronic illness (Spring) A self paced pressure sore prevention and treatment course which includes resources and optional consultation with me, a stage 4 pressure sore survivor (Summer) A self paced… Continue reading The Path Ahead

Grounded

The lightest question is one that has to do with birds and open space and the vision I have for my life and for The Disability Intersection. It does not deal in limitation but in flight and possibility, not in accolades for achievement but in building steadily and strategically on this vision. But sometimes I… Continue reading Grounded

The future’s so bright…We gotta wear shades!

Hi everyone, Been taking a break from blogging in the last few weeks to focus on next steps, which include launching functional nutrition support and working on starting the creative movement/dance classes if enough interest is generated. Both people with and without disabilities can join these classes. The first 6 are free while I certify,… Continue reading The future’s so bright…We gotta wear shades!

Moving away from therapies

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This video by Kathie Snow, the founder of Disability is Natural, is great and says so much that I and so many disabled people have been saying, quietly and loudly, for years. Please listen and share. This applies to physical therapy, ABA therapy, social skills therapy, and any other therapy. Let’s fight the body image… Continue reading Moving away from therapies

Disability is natural

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This is one of the greatest, most positive resources I’ve ever seen for those who want to support disabled kids and challenge the way disability is viewed. Check it out at: http://www.disabilityisnatural.com and the online store at https://www.disabilityisnatural.com/shop.html Note: This site uses People-first language (“people with disabilities” versus “disabled people”) Other sites, like The Disability… Continue reading Disability is natural

James and I

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We sang together at civic clubs, spring events, and church Christmas parties. I was 5, with a high voice and introversion and did this for 3 years. James was 15 with a deep voice and an extroversion to beat all. He could fill up a room, and he wanted to. I wanted to sound pretty… Continue reading James and I

Wonder Woman, revisited

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Superhero narratives mesh well with the obstacles I have struggled with, the values I try to embody, and the fun I believe one can have with a cape. I read and watch the stories of superheroes and villains because it is fun, rich and full of themes of connection to oneself, other people and the… Continue reading Wonder Woman, revisited

Jaime and I

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Jamie was four years old when she came into our classroom. Like many four year olds, she was fiercely an I-can-do-it-myself kind of person, albeit a really cute one. I tried to take her stances for independence as seriously as she did, though she was so darn cute and small that this was hard. Add… Continue reading Jaime and I