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Inclusion has come a long way. I attended an elementary school in BC in the early 1970’s as a ward of the Province. At that time, inclusion meant the public school system, but a separate classroom and curriculum. All the children with a recognizable disability were in the same classroom. At recess we segregated ourselves. It was a BIG deal when early in grade five, I was finally admitted to the “regular” classroom. My peers had been prepared for my arrival by a well-meaning system and teacher that failed to take into account my feelings as the “object” of discussion. I wasn’t present, so there was no initial opportunity for my classmates to ask me questions about my disability. There was no attempt at real ice-breaking back then, though the teacher tried very hard to make me feel welcome. Still, I had to deal with some teasing and bullying, both subtle and obvious. ... (more)

About Disability Resource Exchange Social Network

I created and manage a social network for discussion of disability issues. The website address is: http://www.disabilityresourceexchange.com About the disability resource exchange Disability resource exchange is a place to discuss disability issues and exchange resources ideas and support. whether you have a disability/health issue or are just interested in disability issues you are welcome to join this social network. The disability resource exchange mission - to bring together all those interested in disability issues both people with and without disabilities - to bring together... (more)

Loss and finding the right wheelchair

Nov. 24, 2006 My father passed away the day after Thanksgiving at the age of 69. An incredibly difficult time. He passed away that morning of a heart attack. They say it hit him so quick, that he was basically dead when he hit the floor. Although we didn’t often show it, we were quite close. This one hurts! At least we got to have one more holiday with him. Also earlier this year (2007) we lost one of me & Mary’s closest friends and former caregivers. She is sorely missed. As of Feb. 1 of 2007 I have left my former homecare providers and have a private individual doing my homecare.... (more)

What Does Bullying and Making Fun of Other’s Got to Do With it?

An article by Karen Lynn from http://www.whispersofhope.org In my last article, I wrote about people bullying others. Well today, my dear readers, I am going to take this topic a step further.  I am going to expand and give more detail about how this thinking applies in other parts of our lives.  The hardest part of our existences; whether disabled or not, is learning to get along with everybody.  It is in the learning to maneuver, in staying neutral,  and the ability to adapt, and adjust, that we find our greatest challenges and joys. Many in our community must be very smart in ... (more)

What Does Bullying and Making Fun of Others Got to Do With it?

Disability Nexus My friend and fellow blogger Karen Lynn from http://www.whispersofhope.org will be contributing articles that I will be posting on this website. Changing Attitudes, Changing Minds I have heard a lot of commentary about kids bullying others, and then those same children who could not handle the making fun of any longer; killing themselves or hurting someone.  Many people do not know how much that actually happens in the disabled community.  But it does.  Sometimes its even worse than out in the "regular world."  I know this because I lived through it, and experien... (more)