Amy Silverman’s story of “science, love, and Down Syndrome” is out on Amazon. Silverman, an award-winning journalist, shares her evolution from someone who once used words like “retard” and switched lines at the Safeway to avoid a bagger with special needs to raising a child with Down syndrome. The book is both deeply personal and well researched, with information and insights about how people with Down syndrome are treated in medicine, science and culture. Her book is available on Amazon.
Wisdom From a Chair: Thirty Years of Quadriplegia, by Andrew I. Batavia and Mitchell Batavia
Twelve years after his death, the family of Andrew Batavia discovered his unfinished memoir and completed the work. Batavia shares the wisdom he acquired while living with a high-level spinal cord injury and fighting for the civil rights of people with disabilities. Read more about the book here.
A study published in the journal PLOS ONE finds children with developmental disabilities are at risk for wandering away from a safe place, with children with autism the most likely to wander. Read more
When a child described to have autism disrupted a performance of “The King and I” this week, actor Kelvin Moon Loh went on Facebook to support the child and their parents after they faced backlash from audience members. Read more
Amy Silverman, managing editor of the Phoenix New Times, an alternative newspaper owned by Village Voice Media, tells radio show “This American Life” how her daughter Sophie, who has Down syndrome, is navigating puberty. In an episode called “Too Soon,” she shares how she found unexpected help for Sophie in the form of a video that she once made fun of. Silverman blogs about raising a daughter with Down syndrome at girlinapartyhat.com. Listen to the episode
Three high school seniors from Phoenix, Arizona, took home first place in their division for C-SPAN’s Student Cam 2015 documentary competition. “An IDEA for Tomorrow,” produced by Severiano Romo, Alexis Rainery and Molly Kerwick of the Metropolitan Arts Institute, showcases the single piece of federal legislation governing the education of children with disabilities– IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Alexandra Pecci shares in The Washington Post her experiences of traveling with her 5-year-old daughter, who uses a walker. She recounts traveling from Rio de Janeiro’s Escadaria Selaron to the “Rocky Steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, encouraging families with disabled children to show them the world. Read more.
The best web sites for vision-, hearing- and motion-impaired users have been announced by 7-123 Software. The Salem, Mass. software company released its seventh annual winners list on March 31. The web sites were reviewed to recognize noteworthy contributions to the accessible gaming community. Read the list here.
Some parents claim the state of Florida is forcing them to send their children with special needs to subpar nursing homes rather than providing in-home care. At the center of the story is Kidz Korner, a nursing home where hidden camera footage captured children in wheelchairs spending hours by themselves in the hallway with very little interaction. Read more.
Derrick Coleman, fullback for the Seattle Seahawks and first legally deaf player on the NFL, surprised a couple of his biggest fans with tickets to the Super Bowl. Coleman surprised nine-year-old twins Riley and Erin Kovalcik while the girls were taping a segment for Good Morning America. The girls, who are also hearing impaired, had written Coleman a letter that went viral expressing their admiration of his accomplishments despite having a disability. Read more.