Why I am voting no on Amendment 68

Windsor MIlling and Elevator Company Building, a red brick building with a portion of the sky

I almost universally support increased funding for public schools. I support bond issues, local tax increases, referendums, and citizen initiatives that increase school funding. Public schools are critical to educating children with disabilities in the most integrated setting possible.* They are critical to transmitting our local traditions, culture, and values. Despite this history, I am […]

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Stop killing my people

Collage of pictures of disabled people killed by their parents.

Earlier this week, Issy Stapleton’s mother was sentenced to prison for child abuse stemming from when she tried to murder Issy, a then 14 year old autistic teen.  The media has been full of apologists who have supported Issy’s mother by claiming the stress of parenting a disabled teen was too difficult and led to […]

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Yes, people with intellectual disabilities have sex — and some need assistance to make it happen

picture of the Supports Intensity Scale workbook with a black pen sitting on top.

Today I was doing an assessment on one of my kids to determine funding for adult services. Colorado uses a tool called the Support Intensity Scale.  While the tool is not designed to determine funding levels, that is how Colorado uses it.  People are scored one of six different levels, and the level determines the […]

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Emergency Preparedness — Are you ready?

a photograph of a flooded living room with about 18" of water with a partially submerged chair, television and table

Emergency preparedness is a big deal for me. As a 24/7 ventilator user,  disasters place me at greater risk than my non-disabled counterparts.  In addition to my ventilator, my children and I rely on a great deal of medical equipment, much of it powered by electricity.  From feeding pumps, to power wheelchairs, to a ventilator, […]

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New Years Resolutions — two weeks late

Asiza, Adrianne, Heather and Carrie dressed up for the ballet

I made three resolutions for myself.   The first — eat better — is a major work in progress. The second — to clean out my email inbox — is accomplished. (I had over 4200 emails there, so it took some work). Since number 2 is accomplished, I guess I should work on number 3 […]

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