22 Advocacy

Injustice and Disability

I’ve been thinking a fair bit about justice and disability lately, both because of my scholarly work and because it is concerns about justice that motivate much of my advocacy work. Justice, most broadly, is the virtue that governs interpersonal interaction in terms of giving…
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February 13, 2019
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The Church, Belonging, and Shalom

(This past week, I flew down to OKC to, among other things, record some short videos about disability and the Church. Here's the text of one of those videos.)----- Just over 55 years ago, Martin Luther King remarked that “the most segregated hour of Christian…
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February 12, 2019
22 Advocacy

Academic Performance and Placement

Some of the most common questions I’m asked are based versions of the following: I’m told that since our child isn’t on grade level, they can’t be in the general education setting. Is this true? The school equates having an IEP with pull-out instruction. Since…
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December 19, 2018
22 Advocacy

Conflicted About Pity

This post was originally published on Claire Crisp's blog. I confess that I'm conflicted. Now, this isn't a new phenomenon for me; I'm actually conflicted quite a lot. But today I find myself especially conflicted as the parent of a disabled child. In particular, I…
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May 17, 2016
22 Advocacy

Interview: Kevin and Jameson

This post was originally published on Claire Crisp's blog. I'm sitting in the waiting room while my seven-year-old son is in OT. My five-year-old daughter is sitting beside me, trying to learn to read. She’s sad because she doesn’t get to have therapy. Her reaction…
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August 28, 2015