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social media meets disability!

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Hey all! I’ve seen a few of these on my friends statuses today (on a social networking site called “Facebook”) :

“Children with a disability just want what we all want, to be accepted. Can I make a request? Is anyone willing to post this and leave it in your Status for at least an hour? It is Special Education Week and it is in honor of children made in a unique way :)”

It’s the standard sort of copy and paste as a status update type deal, but apparently this time with a point. Thoughts on the effectiveness of this tool in changing attitudes towards disability? Thoughts on what this says about neurodiversity? Thoughts at all?

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November 16th, 2010 at 1:32 am

chris gabbard

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here’s an article about a unf professor who was very helpful to me as i was working up our course.  it is about his family and their relationship with his son, who lives with cerebral palsy, is a spastic quadriplegic, has cortical visual impairment (meaning he is legally blind), is completely nonverbal and cognitively disabled, has a microcephalic head, and is completely immobile.

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November 15th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

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calendar change

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see syllabus page for changes to calendar for weeks 13 – 15

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November 11th, 2010 at 8:59 am

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Kyle Maynard: Quadruple Congenital Amputee and MMA fighter?

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Would you believe I ran into this on ESPN?  They were showing the movie/documentary A Fighting Chance, which follows the life of Kyle Maynard. Due to a Congenital disorder, his limbs were “cut-off” before birth and was born without full arms or legs. His parents, allowing him to grow up as normally as he could, allowed him to tackle his dreams. In this case, that is exactly what he did. Growing up, he would enroll in the High School wrestling program, where he would have a record of 35 wins and 16 losses. He would continue this career into college and eventually make a debut in the amateur MMA league. He lost the match by unanimous decision (30–27), but would go on to become a motivational speaker and start and own a gym which helps other physically disabled stay fit.

His fighting style is submission, and using his surprising speed and low height, he is able to achieve more than most would think.

Kyle Maynard at NAGA

Kyle Maynard MMA Debut

Very interesting overall, the documentary is all about breaking limits and all that (got a little annoying), but the most interesting aspect for me was the focus of the internet backlash against his participation in the fighting ring.  If you can find the movie, I thought it was very good, especially in the context of this class.

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November 8th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

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Mon., 11-8, readings–SPOILER ALERT

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Please remember that I have switched the reading assignments for Mon. and Wed., so you are to read Ne’eman and Osteen for Monday.  Read Ne’eman first.  SPOILER ALERT:  If you never have read Haddon’s Curious Incident before, do not read past p. 38 in Osteen!  Oh yeah, have I mentioned your major paper/project proposal is due tomorrow?

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November 7th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

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Gregory Corso’s “In Praise of Neanderthal Man”

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This is the poem of which the Flying Words Project video is meant to be a loose translation. Scroll down to pg. 194 on Google Books to read it!

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November 5th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

more flying words?

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in case you want more flying words in your life, here’s a link to a fwp  performance at ucsd, from 2001, i beliieve.  there is about a 5-min. intro. by our old pal michael davidson if you’d like some helpful contextualization of their work, even if yyou don’t have time for the whole performance.

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November 4th, 2010 at 10:25 am

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Sobriety Check

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I think it is interesting that all four short stories we read for yesterday’s class (Wednesday 11/03) involve alcohol and/or drugs. In small group we lightly discussed how in “Cathedral” the husband could have possibly rid his prosthetic nervousness by drinking scotch and smoking a jay. Raquel, Anita (but only in Applebees), and Manly also partake in the bottle. Libi too trys to “cure” herself with many concoctions, possibly using the hope of health to calm her own prosthetic nervousness.

Are boozin’ and token’ becoming a literary vehicle as a means to cope with disability? What do you guys think??

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November 4th, 2010 at 12:39 am

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GIMP dance article/video

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From the Chronicle, a piece on a dance performance at the U of Nebraska to mark the 20th anniversary of the
Americans With Disabilities Act (with accompanying video preview).

http://chronicle.com/blogs/arts/u-of-nebraska-brings-cutting-edge-arts-to-the-heartland/27691

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November 3rd, 2010 at 9:37 pm

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autism course info.

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University of Mary Washington is currently registering for the spring session of “The Play Lab” class.  This course, EDSE 547: Special Topics in Special Education: Autism, will meet on Monday evenings from 6-8:40 starting in January.   No previous experience is necessary! Students also may receive a $300 tuition reimbursement for this course.  Spots will fill up quickly so please contact Connie Gallahan as soon as possible if you are interested in taking this class at cgallaha@umw.edu or (540) 286-8032 to get registered. 

Who may be interested in taking this course:
**Undergraduates at UMW in their senior year.
**Individuals with a bachelor’s degree with an interest in learning more about autism (this can include parents of children with autism).
**Licensed teachers working with children with autism or who want to learn more about autism.
**Community agency members seeking training to work with individuals with autism.
**Individuals with a bachelor’s degree with an interest in learning more about autism

More about the course: 
The class is designed to teach students to work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities using a variety of research-based play interventions focused on improving sensory regulation, social, academic, and behavioral skills.  Students enrolled in the course spend half of the semester learning strategies and the remainder of the semester running UMW’s Play Lab at a local occupational therapy clinic, where they work with children with autism and related disabilities under faculty supervision.  Students taking this class are eligible for a $300 tuition reimbursement from the Virginia Autism Council.

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November 3rd, 2010 at 9:32 pm

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