Tuesday, October 25, 2016

LATEST ISSUE: 104 - Table of Contents

Fran and Molly

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As a thirty-five-year-old woman I’m about to celebrate my first year as a home owner. I now have a front door and a place that reflects who I am. A place I call my own. Most importantly I have a home that allows me to feel safe and to grow as a person....

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In the early part of the 20th century, persons with intellectual disabilities found themselves treated as social pariahs. By some accounts, the ‘feeble-minded’ were moral degenerates and the root cause of society’s ills. Allowing them to reproduce was for many, at that time, unthinkable.

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It is well known that disabled parents, especially parents with ID, are having their children removed from them at a much higher rate than other parents. The evidence used to support custody deprivation (in the absence of any solid evidence of neglect or abuse, which of course does happen) will often draw upon mundane events and observations from everyday life that become distorted, exaggerated, misinterpreted or given an unwarranted significance. This type of practice initiated the study we want to tell you about.


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Caregivers unselfishly give so much time to tending to the needs of their patients that they can easily neglect their own health and wellbeing. In turn......