An empty MRI machine sits in a vacant room. It is large, the lights are dim, and the scene feels eerie.

The technicians had very kindly broken the rules and allowed me to stay with him in the room, but I was still outside of the tube. I had the freedom of my limbs. The noises the machine made were not inches from my ears. I called encouraging words to him inside the tube, but they were just more sounds. So I did the only thing I could think to do. … Read More →

A glass of apple juice sits on the counter with several oatmeal cookies stacked on top. A jug of apple juice sits in the background.

So much of what we do on a daily basis we do without qualifications. We walk through every conceivable season of a person’s life with them because we are the ones who happen to be present when the call comes. Read More →

This is an image of the cover of the book Whole Community by David Morstad. There is a photo of a young woman with Down Syndrome holding a coffee cup. She has light brown hair and is looking into the distance.

Ultimately, though, the way forward […] will be navigated in relationship with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities themselves. As Whole Community makes clear, it is people with lived experience who are experts on the best way forward. “The most powerful and effective act that people without disabilities can take is to yield to the voice of people with disabilities” Read More →

Two small trees have been recently planted in a large grassy back yard.

Through this interaction I experienced the truth of wisdom offered by Canadian, Christian accessibility advocate, Judith Snow, who shared that everyone has two unique gifts: presence and difference. Through these, every person has the capacity to form half of a meaningful interaction with another person or people. Read More →