Let’s Share!

Advocate, Down Syndrome, Family Challenges, Mother of an Adult with a Disability, Special Education, Teaching Add comments

I see myself as a mother, a teacher, and an advocate. These roles merge into a lifetime of seeking solutions and sharing ideas, dreams, and answers. In the space of more than eighty years my family has expanded to include all those whom I have taught and who have taught me. Even the advocacy role began with my children and grew to include all persons who have been disenfranchised. So it seems that all of us are family and as family have much to talk about.

Let’s share!

This is my son Billy, who has Down syndrome. I have learned more from him than you can imagine. You can learn about our relationship and lives at grownmannow.com. (click here).

Eddy Kieffer was a student of mine at Western Carolina University. This picture was taken at his retirement party, where his merits as a special education teacher were celebrated. Click here to see Eddy’s comments.

7 Responses to “Let’s Share!”

  1. dekiehicks Says:

    I have been waiting and waiting for you to start a blog.

  2. john Says:

    Well, I just can't wait to see what happens next. Will you tell us more?

  3. Mary Says:

    Parent, teacher, advocate. Powerful combination.

  4. Tom Schulz Says:

    Probably ought to list Grandma as well. No greater inter-generational influence.

  5. Tom Schulz Says:

    Here is a question: As a woman growing up and then living in a patriarchy – where did you find support for yourself and your efforts? Can you be an advocate without that support? Maybe you could dedicate a blog to that topic. Thanks.

  6. sheila e Says:

    As I recall, the photo of you parasailing was taken on your birthday. Which birthday? I think the folks out there need to know the real meaning of adventure!!!


  7. Jane Schulz Says:

    Sheila, it was my 80th birthday. I plan to go up in a hot air balloon on my 90th. Wonder how many people it will take to get me in the basket?

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