Passing the Bumps in the Road: The Dignity of Risk

It’s always a careful balance as the parent of a child with a disability when assessing how to build skills for independence and keep our children safe. Sometimes it can be scary to encourage independence because there can be risk involved. If my child sits with all the other kids at lunch without a paraprofessional,…

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Passing the Bumps in the Road: Low Employment Rates

Competitive, integrated employment is really the next frontier for people with disabilities, particularly those with autism, multiple disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. Competitive, integrated employment means that people with disabilities earn at least minimum wage and work in the community like everyone else. Competitive, integrated employment also means they¬†have opportunities for benefits and growth like people…

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Passing the Bumps in the Road: Avoiding Assumptions

I’ve heard stories over the years about students with disabilities being assigned to do laundry for the football team at school or to clean the teacher’s lounge, and well-meaning teachers often assign these tasks to teach work skills. Now these activities might be helpful for some students if they are genuinely interested in janitorial work…

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