As the decision to reopen schools has felt driven more by politics than by science, parents are left to determine whether or not their children will be safe. For low-income or single parents or parents of a child with a disability, the decision is even harder.
My son was only in preschool when he was diagnosed with selective mutism.
As he engaged in an impromptu game of Hide and Seek with my older son, my mother noted how Baby #2 could point and nod and
As a parent of a child with special needs and an Occupational Therapist, I know that one of the most important and difficult
Fortunately, speech and hearing deficits are diagnosed much earlier now than when Henry was a toddler so I'm hopeful history
I don't know what her official diagnosis is or was - perhaps just a garden-variety speech delay with unknown causes. All I know is that when I see her stand up for herself and speak, asserting herself with a mighty roar, "You're not the boss of me!" my heart swells with relief, pride, love, and satisfaction.
Ultimately, there is a mismatch between the global agenda and what's needed on the ground. As Johnny Cash intimated, we're often not doing what people really want us to do, or what they really need.
I left university with the notion that large institutions worked methodically on all issues of need in poor countries. When a met Ling, a boy from Cambodia desperately in need of speech therapy services, I discovered that there was a significant need in the developing world being ignored by our world's largest aid organisations.
"Anything can be overcome."
All over the world, people are rising up to support their communities towards sustainability and collective liberation. This week we share about two grantees in Oakland California who have launched local businesses that support and empower marginalized communities.