Disability is Natural Newsletter March 2015

March 25, 2015
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Question Yourself!

Our language does our thinking for us. Wendell Johnson


Perhaps we’re in another age of enlightenment, and that would be a great thing. In the last few years, I’ve seen or heard the following expressions as book titles, on bumper stickers, and in other places:

  • What If Everything You Knew Was Wrong
  • Don’t Believe Everything You Think
  • Thinking Errors

And I’ve recently read two fascinating books: Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman, and Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. Like the phrases above, these books ask the reader to question assumptions and beliefs. Wendell Johnson’s decades-older book, People in Quandaries: The Semantics of Personal Adjustment, also encourages us to rethink our beliefs and the language we use. None of these books is specific to disability issues, but each has valuable lessons we can apply.


In the Sway book, the authors describe the “diagnosis bias” this way: “…the moment we label a person or a situation, we put on blinders to all evidence that contradicts our diagnosis.” Read more…


And in the spirit of questioning ourselves, this handout on Revolutionary Common Sense and New Ways of Thinking can generate new conversations that can lead to more positive outcomes for children and adults with disabilities.


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Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.

Albert Einstein


Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.

W. Clement Stone


To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.

Theodore White


Revolutionaries are seen as dangerous–and there is no doubt that they are dangerous to the established order.

Carl Rogers

Regular Lives for Families with Children with Disabilities (featuring yours truly, Kathie Snow) is a series of 22 video segments on a variety of important topics of interest to families, professionals, and people with disabilities. Thanks to the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities for providing this series, as well as many other valuable learning opportunities on their site.
FACT/Oregon (Family and Community Together) offers a series of online learning modules, featuring yours truly and others, for families, educators, and others, including Spanish versions.


Being Autonomous – The Positive Impact Technology Can Have on Autonomy, was created by my son, Benjamin, for his Master’s degree project. The site features powerful testimony from people with disabilities. Could technology make a difference for the people with disabilities in your life?

The 3rd edition of my Disability is Natural book is a life-changing book for parents, educators, and/or anyone who cares about children with disabilities. This valuable “how-to” manual covers birth to young adulthood, and focuses on inclusive education, alternatives to traditional services and therapies, living ordinary lives, and much more! 350 pages and still only $30.00.


Apple-Bites: Commonsense Disability Strategies for Everyone is a little book with big ideas! $10.00


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Take a few moments to explore the library of helpful articles that you can download and share to use for trainings, stimulate conversations, and generate change; and learn valuable lessons from people’s real-life experiences on the Your Stories page.

PRESENTATIONSI’ll be presenting in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Florida, Missouri, Oregon, and Idaho in the coming weeks and months, and events are pending in other locations.

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