When a Service Dog is a Pit Bull ...

There is a collective fear of pit bull dogs fueled by media accounts of horrific dog bites and gangland tales of high intrigue dog fighting rings. Viewing the dog as the criminal and treating the pit bull as contraband is often articulated as the solution. In other words, some cities simply outlaw the possession of pit bull dogs within their borders....more

Kids With Special Needs and the Child Care Minefield

Did you know that all U.S. child care centers and home daycares have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), no matter how small the operation is? Yet parents of kids with special needs are routinely turned away from daycare, or forced to lodge legal complaints against child care providers who do not provide the accommodation their kids are legally entitled to. I recently spoke with Jana Burke, Project Director of the Rocky Mountain Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) ADA Center, about the rights and issues surrounding kids with special needs and day care....more

As the mom of three kids with a rare disorder, autism, and epilepsy, I went through the process ...more

For Caroline Manzo, Albie and Dreams

I was perusing the internet and came across an article about the Real Housewives of New Jersey, specifically the recent incident concerning Caroline Manzo and her son Albie....more

From Hell to Help

Almost on a daily basis we read in the paper or hear on the television about a child with autism who has been abused or even killed when restraints have been applied. Then in the alternative you read or hear about an autistic child who fights back from being restrained (would you allow someone to sit on you or hold you down or put you in a straight jacket willingly, so why should any autistic child?) and has been arrested by the local police....more

DSM Conundrum:Time to Get a Grip

I have decided to put my two-cents in on an issue that has arisen in the autism community. Now you know that I generally do not talk about controversial issues. I did discuss healthcare, and have mentioned the holocaust on occasion, once in reaction to some anti-Semitic tweets I received on twitter. But in general I stay clear of vaccine, biomed, alternative treatments (like hyperbaric), DAN, Jenny McCarthy or anything that is considered a hot topic....more

October is National Disability Awareness Month, Congress Celebrated by Doing Something Useful

While all eyes were on the economic meltdown, congress quietly snuck in a very useful and important piece of legislation, signed into law September 25th: the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.     ...more

Criminal Records and Potential Disabilities - Ask HR Wench

I've seen this before. Arrest and/or conviction records collide with potential disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the HR department has an "Oh, Crap" Moment. A reader writes, I am a recovering alcoholic. In a short period of time between 2003 and 2004 I racked up: ...more

A Black, Legally-blind, pro-gay Governor In NY. This Makes Me Happy!

New York State now boasts the first legally blind governor in U.S. History. By the way, he is black and a strong supporter of gay rights, so, "Thanks, Kristen" you've done us all a service! I find myself thrilled by this, like a child with proof that there is a Santa Claus. A black, legally disabled supporter of gay rights is running one of the most powerful and important states in the country, if not the world. This seems like progress, even if we were dragged forth on our hands and knees. ...more

It's a symptom, not the problem itself. At least, I believe it's that way for the majority of ...more