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Coulter defense of her use of the R-word reveals her true colors

October 31, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Following the third debate between President Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney, Ann Coulter a news “personality,” tweeted out, ““I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard”, referring to President Obama. Immediately and justifiably a large number of people began to call Coulter out for her offensive word choice, which upset people for two main reasons: 1) that she finds it okay to use such a demeaning term to the mentally disabled, and 2) that she would feel it is okay to speak about an elected president of the United States in such a manner. Coulter’s defense of her use of the "R" word reveals her true colors. Read the rest of this entry →

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Principal who degraded special education student as “psychopath” retains job

August 6, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

(Oxford, Pennsylvania: a suburb of Philadelphia) Despite being caught texting and emailing comments that degraded a special education student at his school, the Oxford Area School District, a suburban Pennsylvania K-12 district, voted to reinstate the principal of Oxford Area High School on a 6-3 vote. Dr. David Madden had been placed on suspension due to written comments he made regarding a bipolar special education student. At the board meeting following the vote, parents reacted angrily to the decision. Parents discussing the issue had tears in their eyes as they described Dr. Madden’s comments as hurtful and insensitive. Read the rest of this entry →

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Active Listening, Mama Be Good and Karla’s ASD Page

August 6, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

Last week I wrote a blog entitled, How we change the world is as important as the actual change where I challenged both Parents raising children with Autism and Self-Advocates to think about how they approach the current civil rights movement for individuals living with a disability.  I asked them to consider Martin Luther King, Jr. as their role model and gave advice on how to approach each other in a calm, thoughtful manner.  I sent this blog to Mama Be Good via twitter and waited for a response.  Although she never officially responded she wrote her own blog post two days later entitled, Good Trouble: Autism and the Neurodiversity Movement.  In it she writes: Read the rest of this entry →

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How we change the world is as important as the actual change

July 30, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

Discrimination has been around for centuries, if not millenniums, and will continue long past my lifetime.  Today’s form of discrimination, in my opinion, is a little different from what we have seen in the past but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from history and the people that came before us.  Historically, the discrimination that we have heard the most about has been based on race, religion or sex.  Most notably against African Americans, Judaism and Women but today’s version of discrimination includes all forms of disabilities and of course sexual orientation.  In this article I am going to focus on the autism and disability community.  I see discrimination against the autism and disability communities as unique because the families of the parties being discriminated against are not necessarily also disabled themselves.  This has created a split between how some parents want to advocate for their children and how some adults living with autism or another disability want to advocate for themselves and others.  This divide between parents and self-advocates is becoming increasingly nasty with the autism and disability community members lining up on each side ready to strike each other down at any moment. Read the rest of this entry →

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