Rachel Starts Her Senior Year: Inclusion Works!

Today is the first day of Rachel’s senior year. She is so excited to be part of the Class of 2018.  We are excited for her and for her 553 class mates. I have decided that I am going to […]

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Some People Believe the World is a Better Place Because of Rachel

This week I have tried to be focused on the excitement of Rachel starting her senior year.  I have been re-posting first day of school blogs from her freshman and sophomore years. Today, I had planned to post last year’s […]

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Rachel’s Counting on You!

Been thinking of how to continue to inspire our advocates.  Yep, it took eight years to #passtheABLEAct.  The healthcare dilemma is different though. The stakes are higher.  As if healthcare is not enough, for our families this impacts more than […]

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Run Daddy Run – Again?

My husband runs – a lot. He and his friend Clay just made it to the beautiful Cascade Mountains in Washington where on Saturday and Sunday, Jonathan will run the Big Foot 100K.  People want to know why Jonathan runs […]

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Unexpected, Meaningful Benefits of Inclusion

In case you haven’t noticed, I blog a lot about inclusion. I am passionate about the inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities.  I am not just passionate about inclusion in the education setting.  I believe in community […]

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Rachel’s Independence May Depend on Leaders Learning to Play in a Sandbox

Happy Independence Day!  I love the Fourth of July and not because I love fireworks. I love it because I have always loved American History and I have a deep-seated belief that we live in the greatest country in the […]

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Baby Rachel Celebrates her 18th Birthday Today, Really?

Rachel – Was it really 18 years ago today that I awoke at 4:30 am feeling uncomfortable? Yes,  at 8:40 PM 18 years ago this day,  a little bundle of pink joy was welcomed into the world by loving parents, […]

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AHCA Jeopardizes Rachel’s Pink House

All of us know someone who works this system to receive government supports. Yes, we all know people on “welfare” who abuse the system. The battle cry is often “yes, cut funding because most of the people receiving the services […]

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Shakespeare and that Inclusion Thing

Last weekend, Rachel was Strato in her high school’s production of Julius Caesar. If I counted correctly, she had seven lines.  She was scarcely seen until the end when she appeared in a big way in one of the final […]

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Stop Whining and Start Advocating

I get it. You are angry, disillusioned and disappointed with recent events in Washington DC that could have a devastating impact on people with disabilities. So am I.  People need to vent. I get it. Now, it is time for […]

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