Advocate in DC or in your congressional district April 15-17…
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities is hosting their annual FREE conference day this Saturday, March 23rd. There’s a keynote by SFUSD administration, morning and afternoon workshops, and a resource fair of organizations and programs that offer services and support. Check it out!
> Information/To Register: http://www.supportforfamilies.org/resourcefair/index.html
Great general tips for parents of school-age children from the National Center for Learning Disabilities:
Michael Graves, champion of accessible design, is appointed to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (also known as the Access Board)
There is a video interview; start at 4:40 if you want to skip the tour of his house and hear him talk about disabilities related to architectural environments.
“I want all the things we are used to for an ambulatory society, but one that takes care of people like me with equal vigor.”
- Michael Graves
As I was driving this morning listening to NPR, I heard this story about a one-of-a-kind baseball card from the 1800′s that sold at auction for $92,000.
While incredulous at the price, and rapt at the history surrounding the piece, the most interesting part of the story was the reason that the buyer gave for the purchase—to ensure his special needs son’s future health care.
While we all would love to have means at this level to help ensure our children’s future, we can ratchet it down to a more typical scenario and focus on his motivation, shared by all special needs families, which is that financial security, at whatever relative level, is critically important in caring for special needs children. That is, obviously, more accessible to some than others, with some parents having to make huge sacrifices to gain that security.
I guess I just appreciate the buyer’s candor about his family situation and intent for the special needs message to be integral to this news story, and hope it helps build understanding in a broader audience to fuel empathy and support.