I don't claim to be an expert in politics.
I don't claim to be an expert in all aspects of disability. I don't even know for sure which of these blogging templates will be most web accessible for people using screen readers, magnification, or other adaptions. Suggestions are welcome.
I work with people with so-called cognitive disabilities. I've have watched, over and over, how each person's learning process differs from what I'm supposed to think is "the norm." For lack of funding, effort, understanding, time, or whatever reason, I see so many gifted people with disabilities sitting at home without community contacts or meaningful employment. (My idea of meaningful employment is something that is fulfilling to the individual -- not what society thinks of as a "real job"). I see people slip through the cracks all the time because of inefficient supports.
I am also a person with a disability. I am 31 and have had rheumatoid arthritis since I was 16. Recently, this has been complicated by a diagnosis of narcolepsy.
I have a blog elsewhere on the web where I vent, scream, rage, etc., but that is fairly anonymous and more personal, and really boring. I intend this to be a spot for more detailed discussion about ability/disability politics and why I so often find myself banging my head against a wall.
Also, right now I am working on reading and writing with an 18 year old who is mostly non-verbal. I've wanted to do this for a long time, and with her mom's permission, I'll try to blog how things are going, what programs we're using, etc.
So, hello world, here I am, trying to make my own small dent in this ridiculous world.