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January 18, 2013 - Equality Rights, Family Supports, Safe and Inclusive Communities

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 was a special day in its own right! It was the kind of day that doesn’t happen very often. In fact, the media reminded us that there will not be another occasion...

November 21, 2012 - Child Rights, Disability Supports, Equality Rights, Family Supports, Inclusive Education, Safe and Inclusive Communities

 

We watched our daughter thrive as she grew up. Included in her community in every way--recreation, inclusive school experience,...

August 30, 2012 - Close Institutions, Disability Supports, Equality Rights, Family Supports, Safe and Inclusive Communities

I (Kimberly Smith) have been volunteering my time to advise and support the members of Kings County People First to share their community living stories on video.

August 30, 2012 - Close Institutions, Equality Rights, Global Inclusion, Safe and Inclusive Communities

With the final demolition of the last bit of Woodlands, I (Aaron Johannes) can't help but think how self advocate leader and community organizer Arnold Bennington would be celebrating.

April 16, 2012 - Child Rights, Close Institutions, Disability Supports, Equality Rights, Family Supports, Safe and Inclusive Communities

Brenda Hardiman's 24 year old daughter is diagnosed with a organic brain disorder, conduct disorder...

April 13, 2012 - Child Rights, Close Institutions, Disability Supports, Equality Rights, Family Supports, Safe and Inclusive Communities

Myth #1: "She won't survive in the community — this is the only home she knows. She will die out there"

October 13, 2011 - Child Rights, Close Institutions, Disability Supports, Family Supports, Inclusive Education, Safe and Inclusive Communities

 

My name is Val Surbey.  My husband Vince and I have 11 children between us...yours, mine and ours.

March 31, 2011 - Child Rights, Family Supports, Inclusive Education

"My son Dallen is 17 years old and is currently in grade 12. As any parent, I wanted so desperately for my son to have friends and be liked by others for exactly...

March 31, 2011 - Child Rights, Equality Rights, Inclusive Education, Safe and Inclusive Communities

 "When I first met Dallen, I was never aware of all the potential that he himself held inside. It seems to me that when he was at school he was holding back...