Education

Fri, March 02, 2012
I recently read an article from Fairfax, Va., that reported 85 percent of people with an intellectual or developmental disability are not employed, even though many want to work. While I personally know how hard it can be for a person with a disability to find work, it's still rather shocking. Since March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month, I started thinking about everything I've been through and how far I've come: 1. Education -- I earned a college degree in media/communications from...
Tue, May 29, 2012
Over the course of the last several decades, we've seen tremendous change in the developmental disability service-provision system. Between 1960 and 2010, 195 large, state-run institutions were closed, bringing with their closure the promise of better lives in the community for their former residents. The expansion of supported employment services between the mid-1980s and 1990s showed that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities could not only live in the community, but that we...
Wed, December 25, 2013
One of my earliest routines I had was getting the mail. For as long as I can remember, I would brave the heat, cold, rain and snow and walk down the path in my front yard just to see what the mailbox held. To my family, my routine of fetching the mail was a normal part of being me: Something I did because I enjoyed it or just because I could. They had no idea of the truth, of why I really got the mail six days a week. They had no idea getting the mail had become routine because I always hoped...
Fri, February 01, 2013
I am a Chinese American since I was born in New York City. My mom is from Hong Kong and my dad is from China. I have two younger siblings: Elizabeth and Lew. English is spoken throughout my household due to the fact that my mom learned English since she was born in Hong Kong and that my dad moved to America when he was very young. The reason why I don’t speak any Chinese is because my parents never spoke it. I also have a Chinese American friend named Ryan who, just like me, doesn’t speak...
Mon, February 04, 2013
Hi Folks! It's Adventure Girl, writing from Florida's Disney World. Today we finished day 4 of our trip. We went went on the rides in future world to doing 'global business' at the World Showcase in Ecpot. We also had time to do some shopping right before having dinner with characters at the Garden Grill. But in NYC it's still snowing! Florida's weather is absolutely different from ours. Tomorrow we're heading to Hollywood Studios, bringing movie stars and glamour to life. I want to participate...
Wed, February 06, 2013
Hi Folks, Adventure Girl here writing from the sunshine state. With my vacation winding down here's what I did today: We started off by hitting the pool and the jacuzzi. Almost everyone made a splash there. I played a brief game of "notable quotables," naming famous lines from classic Disney films. Then we went to Epcot. We did everything from going on future world rides to browsing many different countries in the World Showcase before having dinner. I met Mexican Donald Duck at the Mexican...
Thu, February 07, 2013
Hi Folks, It's Adventure Girl back for another blog entry. Today I survived the last day of Disney magic at the Magic Kingdom theme park. We had a buffet breakfast at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa but I made a mess with it. I absolutely don't like it when things get too loud, NOT A GOOD MOVE! That's because I'm not the only one on the autism spectrum in the room. I got to meet the characters at every theme park I went to. The things that I learned during my trip were to try new things...
Thu, October 25, 2012
I've spent most of my time recently watching the Major League Baseball playoffs, after all I'm a big fan wouldn't want to miss any of the games, no matter which teams are playing. As for the debates, after reading messages sent to me on Facebook, reading newspapers, watching the 11 o'clock News, I was disappointed that there was no mention of issues affecting people with disabilities. And no mention of Latin America in a debate on foreign policy. Why? Sure on the subject of immigration, cold...
Wed, January 16, 2013
The importance of performance measurement in tough fiscal times can't be overstated, but I also don't think there's any more important policy area to which it applies than human services. Recently, I spoke at a conference for the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) on the fiscal outlook for 2013. Joining me was Bill Pound, executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Both of us predicted that Congress would ultimately...
Thu, September 04, 2014
On the subject of what is considered normal, actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg offers us this insight, "Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine." I first saw this quote as a meme on a social networking site, in the picture used to illustrate the quote was a young daughter asking her mother what does normal mean? On hearing her daughter's question, the mother laughs and without even looking away from the magazine she is reading answers her daughter. According to YAI's website...

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