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Actually, It Doesn't Take A Village

We have all heard the phrase, "It takes a village to raise a child.” Some attribute it to an African proverb, though there appears to be some controversy about that. The phrase itself has become shopworn, utilized by elected officials, pundits and others. 

Steven Eidelman

A New Institute Is Born, Because Including People With Disabilities Takes Skill

We often ask ourselves what would happen if our leaders were skilled at including people with disabilities and their families as full participants in the lives of their communities?

Steven Eidelman

The Debate Continues: What Is The Purpose Of A School?

Recent posts on the New Normal about Jewish Day Schools and students with disabilities here and here are part of an important dialogue.

They ask the question “What is the purpose of an education and a school?” And the question must be asked, regardless of the nature of the school. Schools are not just places where the parents are “the customer;” nor are the students, or the donors.

Steven Eidelman

The Associated Press Chooses Words That Don't Hurt

The headline from the Associated Press read “Entry on mental illness is added to AP Stylebook.” Cheers went up in certain circles when this came out.

Steve Eidelman

A Brave Response To North Dakota's New Abortion Law

I am a professional in the field of services and supports for people with disabilities.  As a lifelong disability advocate, and someone who knows a lot of wonderful people with Down syndrome, I am concerned, as are many advocates I know, about early, noninvasive prenatal testing that is likely to result in more abortions of fetuses with Down syndrome. 

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