Call me crazy, but I often hear God's gentle whisper while in nature. Join me on the LOMAH instagram page as I question, see, wrestle, and find His truth during our journey to the Land Of Milk And Honey (LOMAH).
Our advocacy series continues with a sibling advocate who, after learning her sister with severe disabilities was sexually assaulted at her day program, began an advocacy organization to bring about changes in policies and procedures to provide additional layers of protection for this vulnerable population.
Click the link in our bio for the full interview.
#disability #advocacy #specialneeds #specialneedssiblings #specialneedsfamily #metoo #theluckyfew #specialneedspodcast #lomahpodcast #lomah
The color grey is made with yellow, blue, red, and a touch of white. It is not drab and depressing but rather all things swirled together.
Some may see our lives in black and white. They see the black of things causing sadness, exhaustion, and worry . They see the white of when things go as planned or bring pleasant surprises. However, I have come to see gray in it all. I can now see the yellow, blue, red and touch of white and it takes my breath away.
(photo from our weekend trip to #tahoe )
#specialneedsparenting #disability #specialneeds #specialneedspodcast #lomahpodcast #lomah
Again...with this lesson about myself as a parent advocate. It’s such a hard balance to master! (Follow our IG Story for today’s ski adventure!)
#parentadvocate #advocacy #disability #differentandable #adaptivesports #lomahpodcast #specialneeds #specialneedsmom
Happy Valentine’s Day to all who are able to see the world with a unique twist!
A thru line emerging in our advocacy series is the importance of us showing up.
In this week’s episode I share what showing up at my church looked like. I attend a multigenerational church and many sitting around us each week grew up with out inclusive environments and thus little to no exposure to individuals with differing abilities.
Listen to the episode (link in bio) to hear how it started and how it’s going.
Also, @sandrapeoples of @keyministry shares with us encouragement and tips for both churches and families for inclusive worship experiences.
AND there is a bit of a call to action for those who have exposure and experience within special needs circles to step into a calling of supporting the church and its families. #slp #occupationaltherapist #spedteacher
#inclusion #specialneedsministry #advocacy #specialneeds #specialneedsfamily #disability #theluckyfew #church #ministry
At times, I long to be absorbed by beauty.
Once, I swam out past the breakers. All around me the colors swirled and the textures shifted, yet I stayed the same.
I felt other than. I felt separate, different, and as if I did not belong and this sea of beauty.
Tonight at the same spot, I remembered that evening and those feelings in the ocean.
Then, an otter swam by and the surfers played in the same swirling colors and shifting textures. Yet, they did not seem separate. They belonged. They brought fun and bits of surprise. They brought a smile to my lips.
Could that have been true of me, too? That day In the water I felt I did not belong? Could the things that keep us separate and “other than” be the same things adding elements of surprise and a smile to the lips of others?
I think so. I think we all belong, even when it feels as if we don’t.
#inclusion #specialneeds #disability #theluckyfew #specialneedspodcast #lomah #lomahpodcast #specialneedsfamily
This was a big moment that was complicated to achieve.
Here is Miranda carrying the team flag at a football game last fall.
She loves the wind and flags blowing in the wind so I wanted to share that joy with others so for almost 2 years we worked on her mobility (she was only able to walk 20 yards a few years ago bc of her hypotonia) and also the upper body strength to carry the flag.
On the podcast this week I speak with Dr Julie Causton about inclusive education and also share the behind the scenes of this moment. We discuss how it was met with resistance by some (which is why I am on the field with her rather than a same age peer) but also how I found an ally who got us out on the field.
Go to the link in the bio to listen to the episode and to hear Dr. Causton’s recommendation on how to move forward to create more of these moments AND with peers rather than with “Mom”. #inclusionmatters #inclusion #specialeducation #specialneedsadvocate #specialneeds #disability #autismmom #theluckyfew #sped #differentnotless
This conversation with Dr. Julie Causton of InclusuveSchooling.com had my mind spinning for days. If you are ready to take the next steps there is a treasure chest of resources linked in the shownotes. Link in bio to podcast.
#inclusion #sped #specialneeds #autism #specialeducation #specialneedspodcast #lomahpodcast #disability #theluckyfew #advocacy
In this 2 part episode on Inclusive Education we cover PART 1 - Stages schools pass thru when moving away from segregation and toward inclusion, types of resistance faced, the “players” needed to create inclusive environments
PART 2 (coming next week) - methods to overcome the resistance
This interview w Dr Julie Causton of inclusiveschooling.com is for all school district employees and/or parents wishing to change the culture of their school.
Listen via the Link in bio
Does your #specialneeds student use the same entrance as the other students?
This is where my daughter and the other students w a #disability enter. It’s a side entrance by the trash cans.
I now see similar examples after my conversation w Dr Julie Causton on #inclusion How was I not seeing this before?
Listen to this 2 part episode on the #lomah #specialneedspodcast (link in bio)
and tap the social story on our page, today.
A point that has come up several times thus far in the advocacy series on the LOMAH podcast is the problem solving skills and support same age sibs and peers bring differs from adults. Interaction (inclusion) needs to be happening across multiple settings where the opportunity to interact and know each other organically lends itself to a generation who not only knows how to support and form genuine friendships with the I/DD community but wants to.
Watching my girls do the dishes brought to mind the comment of a guest in the podcast series who said “Cooking lessons should not be happening in a life skills class but rather in a home ec class alongside the valedictorian and students with the highest social capital.”
listen to the conversation via the link in our bio @journey2lomah
#specialneedssiblings #inclusion #advocacy #specialneeds #disability #lomah #lomahpodcast
One of our favorite weekly outings is attending @ylsanjosecapernaum
Google Young Life Capernaum to see if your area has one 🤗🤗🤗
A new episode is out today.
Link in bio.
#lomah #lomahpodcast #specialneedspodcast #specialneeds #advocacy #inclusion #autism #downsyndrome #theluckyfew
Miranda, her dad, and sister had a fun morning volunteering on the farm with the gang at @costanoacommons
#allabilities #organicfarming #sustainability #specialneeds #community #lomah #lomahpodcast #specialneedspodcast #theluckyfew #autism #diversityandinclusion
Oh. My. Gosh.
I can not wait for you to hear the conversations happening in the #advocacy series.
So So SO GOOD!
More on inclusive housing this week and next week we tackle resistance to inclusive schooling.
Link in bio.
#lomahpodcast #specialneedspodcast #inclusion #specialneeds #disability #specialeducationteacher #specialeducation #disabilityadvocate
There wasn’t much of it last night and this poor lady has been up since 2:30AM. Rather than fight the insomnia we hopped in the car to catch the morning sun lighting up the redwood forest.
#lomahpodcast #lomah #autism #disability #theluckyfew #sunshine #specialneedspodcast
Our 12 week #advocacy series begins with a discussion on housing #inclusion for individuals with #disability
Full episode of our conversation with @thekelseycommunities and how they are changing the way inclusive housing is done, can be found by clicking the link in our bio and going to season 2 of the #lomahpodcast. It’s good stuff.
Sometimes you just have to do it.
One of Miranda’s four diagnoses is hypotonia which makes mobility challenging. Pair the effort it takes for her to walk with her autism presenting an equal disdain for the unknown and walking new trails is not her idea of a good time. Digital cameras and the glorious delete button give me the capability of crafting any reality but let me tell you how this went down. Miranda was not loving this adventure (and especially having to step over fallen trees and why is there an upside down car on the trail anyway?). BUT this little adventure unexpectedly ended up taking her to two of her favorite things which are dogs and water (who knew there was a doggy swimming hole in the middle of the forest?). So sometimes we just have to do it. We have to step over the obstacles. We have to shake our head at the meaningless debris on the path. We have to do the thing that’s hard to be surprised by things we love.
To all of you, great job doing “all the things” in 2018. May your 2019 be filled with surprise pockets of pleasure.
(caffeine) !CHEERS! to all of you who are a bit tired. ☕️☕️
My little lovely was wandering the halls at 1:30 AM so today she is learning about coffee. Well...kind of. She has water but I’m sure she could use it, too! ☕️Java up and big hugs to all of you adjusting to holiday travel and different schedules. 🎄
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The amazing @marysusanmcconnell created this coloring book for her daughter and all who value diversity and inclusion. It’s a 20 page pdf download you can print and distribute as often as you wish and also use with the assistive technology capabilities on your computers/devices.
Great for holiday down time and travel!
Color while listening to the story behind its creation on this week’s episode of The Mama Bear Podcast.