My family members won’t be attending segregated proms

My daughters (aged 17-25) were invited 1 to a segregated prom, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.2 The premise of this event is appalling. The event is called a Night to Shine, and it is a segregated prom for teens and adults aged 16-26.  It is set for Valentines Day weekend so that these older […]

Speaking for my teen and adult children

A couple of weeks ago, the website called The Mighty,1 published a since-removed post called meltdown bingo.  The post was a pejorative “game” aimed to make light of children and adults experiencing sensory and emotional overload resulting in a meltdown. As some of my acquaintances pointed out, having a meltdown is not enjoyable for the […]

The promise of the ADA is not realized for disabled parents #ADA25

Seventeen years ago, my oldest daughter was in foster care, and not returning to her parents.  She is my biological niece. I contacted her social worker, and expressed interest in being a permanent placement for Heather.  What commenced was a 16 month long battle to get custody of her.  My daughter’s social worker was convinced […]

The promise of Olmstead and the ADA realized

It is like the dawning of spring. My teen daughter has multiple disabilities, and needs home health care to assist with activities of daily living.  She is losing her home health agency services, and I requested and received accommodations from the State of Colorado to access Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS) a program currently […]

Yes we travel — whenever possible

I love to travel.  I love seeing new places, trying new food, learning about cultural differences, and expanding my own world view. As a kid, my family traveled some, and we only road tripped.  Because my father was in the Marne Corps, we moved between California and Colorado several times. My father’s family, and my […]