Sabrina Siddiqui reports, “Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) posed a question to his colleagues on Capitol Hill… If lawmakers are willing to spend billions of dollars on war, why are they less willing to invest in the welfare of veterans when they come home?” in John Walsh: Preventing Veteran Suicide Is ‘The Cost Of War’.
May a grateful country always remember the cost of war…
I look around and all I see are things that I need to do. Clutter everywhere, dishes to do, laundry to hang, dinner to prep or more greasy take-out and yet another stomach ache? It’s overwhelming and I’m not feeling motivated at all! So today I’m on a quest to find what motivates us…
I’m no expert in the subject, but I have learned so much from my fellow bloggers. A good place to start (says me because this is how I started) is by following The Daily Post. There really is a wealth of information on WordPress for new bloggers! In this post I will teach you the highlights of what I have learned (as a blogging 101 and blogging 201 student) in the past few months. There are tips and tricks for both new bloggers and experienced bloggers here. A Holistic Journey has some great tips on how to succeed as a blogger.
We had fun at the park skipping pebbles by the stream. We made new friends. We shared our favorite things. We took turns.
The boys were 5 and 7-years-old. The younger had a speech delay. It didn’t bother Stephen. He was happy to have some company doing the things he loves most. I sat on the wall and picked up handfuls of pebbles from the stream bed. Each child held out his hand for a small handful at a time. Sometimes they would find a larger pebble, but mostly they were happy with the tiny handfuls…
Three boys and just another neighborhood mom at the park…
When educating a child with autism or special needs it’s important to take a look at how we learn. But wait a minute, if this works, won’t it work for me too? Of course it will! Let’s take a look at the science behind how we learn new skills. Every time we learn a new skill the brain forms new connections.
It’s Monday again, and I’m still exhausted from a busy weekend. It’s 4:25 and I haven’t gotten anything (scratch that) as much as I would like accomplished.
Last week we had a PPT (planning and placement team) meeting and the principal asked, “What’s your vision for the future?” Setting goals without a vision for the future is like building a house without a blueprint. We all need a vision for the future. “To make dreams real first you need to have them.” I read it in a fortune cookie, but I took it as words of wisdom and taped it up on my refrigerator.
So what is my vision for the future?
Well, let me adjust the circuits on my iPhone to July 1st 2027. My son graduated high school this year. He is now 21 (disabled children in the United States are entitled to a free and appropriate public school education up to the age of 21.) Stephen is living in a multi-family home with his own apartment on one side and family on the other. He’s able to take care of himself and he’s well prepared for independent living. He has the support of his family/neighbors. He’s not all alone in the world. He can communicate his needs, wants, thoughts, and feelings.
'And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.' Roald Dahl
A blog dedicated to my personal research on intellectual and developmental disabilities. In order to highlight issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and debunk stereotyping myths, the first step is to become informed and spread awareness through visual storytelling and facts. (Dedicated to my older brother, Doug).