Chicago Museums’ Interest in Access and Inclusion

Chicago Museums’ Interest in Access and Inclusion

One topic that is not often discussed when we talk about families with children or people with disabilities is how they experience leisure activities. In Occupational Therapy, my own discipline, health and well-being depends on full participation in all areas of their life.

The Tempered Glass Sisters

Since birth, my brother has had an assortment of medical needs that extend beyond that of most kids. As a result, he has been hospitalized over 40 times in 13 years and my sister and I have spent quite a bit of time in teen lounges, hospital cafeterias, and full contact isolation gowns

Significant Disproportionality: To Deal With or Delay?

I recently came across an article in the New York Times that addressed a term that I had never heard before: significant disproportionality. It is the overrepresentation of minorities in special education, the increased likelihood of a minority child to be identified as having a disability, and the increased severity with which minority children are disciplined in schools.

The Power of Language

Recently in one of our didactic sessions, a thought provoking discussion was brought up on what it means for people with disabilities to be labeled as special needs. It was brought to my attention that not everyone in the disability community likes to be labeled as special needs.