As you may know, I am co-teaching a course at our local university called “Disability and Society.”
This next class we will focus on how language impacts and reflects attitudes and actions. So, I thought I would ask you, blog readers, for your wisdom and input!
What would you tell a student about how language, such as “retard”, “spaz”, etc., affects you and your family or loved one?
I would love to share some actual quotes (w/o names) with the students. No right or wrong answers….just your opinions!
Thanks for your help!
For PIGTAILS….(thanks, Sissy!)
Here’s a cute story and photo the school shared in Grace’s communication notebook today:
Today during OT, Connie asked Grace what her parents names are. She said, “Paula and Daddy.”
When Connie said, “What does Paula call your Dad?”, she said, “Honey!”
Sam created this video of our family for Kevin and me to show at the class I am teaching at Minot State University. We will share with the class how our lives have been touched and changed forever by “Grace & Beauty”…..(you may notice that lots of these photos I have already shared on this blog)
Last night, I was searching through some memorabilia when, lo & behold, I found a hat.
Now this is not just any old hat….this hat was hand crocheted. Not just any ordinary crocheted hat, but a hat crocheted in VIKINGS purple & gold. Kevin’s mother Lucille (aka Grandma ‘Cille) made this hat over 40 YEARS ago for Kevin when he was a young boy.
So, wouldn’t you know it, Grace LOVED it! She wore it around last night and then asked if she could wear it to school the next day. We told her “maybe” thinking she would forget about it.
Well, she didn’t forget about it–in fact her first words out of her mouth as she literally popped up from bed was “Hat to school?!!!”
So…..you can see the rest of the story……
So hats off the Grandma ‘Cille….but now, how can we get the “hat off” Grace?