Person-Centered

Fri, March 09, 2012
Missouri always has been known as the Show Me State. We have Harry S Truman to thank for that. But recently the City of Arnold, which I confess I never had heard of until this morning, has taken a major step for the field. The city council has decided to implement new writing guidelines -- no one with a disability should be defined by their deficit . So simple. So logical. So needed, unfortunately. As our organization begins to rethink the way we do everything (and yes, this blog is part of our...
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, May 15, 2013
As we checked in for a flight to Las Vegas, I was pretty nervous. I was worried about take my first plane trip without my family. After takeoff, the ride was OK. I cracked up watching classic episodes of "Beavis and Butt Head" and to the 80's metal station on satellite radio. I was happy with our first day in Vegas. I enjoyed eating at the Burger Joint, but wasn't thrilled about seeing the celebrity impersonators posing along the strip. I was a little bummed that we didn't get here a few days...
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, August 15, 2014
At the end of my last blog, which was about " Seeing Beyond Disability ," I mentioned a social connection of mine that might progress. Since that post, my relationship has done just that, and I have spent some time thinking about dating and disability. Online dating has made it easier for people in general to meet each other. However, living in this day and age of online connections, a double-edge sword presents itself every day — the ability to be more socially connected or to be more lonely...
Fri, January 31, 2014
"Living, Loving, and Working" were the words printed in black and orange on our T-shirts, as we proudly returned to the yearly "Leadership Summit" at the CUNY Graduate Center recently. Last year, the Self-Advocates presented their Moth Stories, receiving a standing ovation. This year, we were invited by YAI staff who are singers and musicians, and asked to join them in performing the song Innovate: Zimbabwe by Bob Marley. We sang our part of the song proudly: "Brother our rights, our rights, It...
Sat, November 15, 2014
I was born with Spina Bifida about 28 years ago. Back then, not much was known about my "disability." The doctor scared both my parents by telling them there was a 50/50 chance I'd even survive. I think they were even given the option of abortion and, thankfully, passed on it. Since then, I've been proving doctors wrong left and right. I was never treated by my family like a fragile china doll with a disability. I even swung on the rope in gym with a dislocated hip in elementary school. Not...
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...

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