Unity Day

Today is Unity Day! Unite Against Bullying!

I’ve previously shared a few resources on bullying, (Family Matters, Netsmartz, Anti-bullying App)but wanted to acknowledge and support Unity Day. There’s an excellent resource from PACER for you to download, Bullying StudentActionPlan. While we focus on bullying within the four walls of school, we know bullying happens in many places across many ages…it is not limited to children in school. Please take time today to encourage those around you to choose words wisely, to speak up when something is wrong, to stand up for one who is being bullied, hold firm BUT extend grace to bullies…they may not know any other way of being.

For more information on Unity Day, check out the National Bullying Prevention Month link from PACER Center.

Smithsonian Institute


Smithsonian Carousel

Click the image for Carousel times/schedule.

I have always loved visiting the many museums which make up the Smithsonian Institute (SI) in Washington, DC. The exhibits and gardens are wonderful, but in all honesty, the Carousel is one of my favorite parts.  For visitors with disabilities, navigating the path to the various SI sites is just the first hurdle, but the link provides information for most of the museums. Be sure to check out the Security Policies before visiting.

Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)

American Art Therapy Association

The AATA provides networking opportunities for networking with art therapy professionals, gives a voice in state and federal legislative forums, as well as general information and resources. One resource in particular is the Careers in Art Therapy Toolkit, which provides information on integrating art therapy in the career fields of Autism, Eating Disorders, Medical Care Settings, Traumatic Events, Secondary Schools, and Older Adults.



AT – AbleData

AbleData: Your source for assistive technology information

AbleData does not produce, distribute or sell products, but it does provide an excellent product listing with manufacturer and distributor information. PRODUCTS are classified by intended function or special features. Other resources provided include:

  • links to Web resources that provide information on assistive technology and other disability-related issues
  • the Assistive Technology Library, a searchable list of books, articles, papers and other paper and electronic publications that deal with topics relating to assistive technology
  • AbleData’s own publications that aid in selecting assistive products
  • product reviews and classified ads in the Consumer Forum
  • conferences and other events on topics relating to assistive technology and disability
  • news items on assistive technology and disability issues that you may have missed.

Click on Environmental Adaptions below to see an excerpt from the Product listings.

Environmental Adaptations
Products that make the built environment more accessible.
Major Categories: Indoor Environment, Furniture, Outdoor Environment, Vertical Accessibility, Houses, Polling Place Accessibility, Lighting, Signs.

Trick or Treat Project (and CLU)

We aren’t a Halloween family, but this is such a great idea, I couldn’t help but share it! The Trick or Treat Project shares ideas on making the eve fun for everyone…including kids with special health needs. It’s simple: along with the gobs of candy, provide a non-food item! Ideas shared have included stick on tattoos, small bubble containers, fake teeth (who wouldn’t want those?!)…lots of alternatives, be creative!

And while you’re checking out the Trick or Treat Project, get a clue…slide over to the CLU Campaign homepage to see what’s happening for InCLUsion for ALL kids! 

“impossible…break it down – I’m Possible; for everyone.“
~Audrey Hepburn

Did it just get cooler out there?

As soon as the temps start dropping after Labor Day weekend, my mind starts daydreaming of below freezing, white laden winter days. There is NOTHING like the wind ripping the top layer of your skin off or the pounding the knees take running moguls…well, if I actually still skied moguls… We are a snow skiing family and I LOVE this sport which allows us to be together yet at different levels. I’ve learned over the last 6 years or so more and more about adaptive skiing. What an awesome rush to share with anyone, regardless of ability!!! If snow skiing isn’t your thing, then check out the other awesome sports covered by the



Paralympics 2012



Cool resources for teaching about the Paralympics/Olympics!