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Autism and “being the other”

In a poignant article about his life as an “other,” Arturo Madrid talks about growing up in a small village in New Mexico, going on to graduate school at UCLA, and then teaching at Dartmouth College.  As a Mexican-American, he … Continue reading

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Is Jimmy autistic, or does he have autism?

As I shared in my last blog, I am currently writing a book about my family.  The book deals with my son Jimmy, and the impact he has had on Pat and I and our family since conception.  Jimmy is … Continue reading

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Trump or Clinton:  My Son Jimmy Explains

Recently, Hillary Clinton described people with disabilities in the U.S. as a group who are “too often invisible, overlooked, and undervalued.”  Carol Glazer, President of the National Organization of Disability (NOD), said that this was the first time a presidential … Continue reading

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Do We Talk About Race Too Much?

My mentor, Ira Zepp, once said, “You need to examine race, and then move on, but you can’t move on too quickly.”  Presidential candidate Ben Carson, among many others in the public eye, would ask that we de-emphasize race and … Continue reading

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“Group of the Month”

For those of you without “Diversity Calendars,” we are in the midst of National Hispanic Heritage Month.  Next month is Disability Awareness Month.  However, it is also Polish-American Heritage Month.  November is Native-American Heritage Month, followed by _______ month (please … Continue reading

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My Vacation with Jimbo

Recently, I returned from a vacation in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  What made this vacation different was that I went with my son Jimmy, who happens to have a disability known as autism.  Each year, Jimmy decides where he would … Continue reading

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Work/Family Balance: A Male Perspective (Part Two)

Does Sarah Palin “have it all?”  Three days after the birth of her first child, she was back to being Governor of Alaska.  A few years ago, Palin had a child with Down syndrome, Trig.  And while she credits a … Continue reading

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The R-Word: Intent v. Impact

The R-word has been getting a lot of attention lately.  Jane Lynch, of Glee fame, and other celebrities have made concerted efforts to educate the public regarding the r-word and other social slurs.  Health professionals and the federal government have … Continue reading

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Social Class Bias

As a dimension of diversity, social class carries tremendous economic, educational, and political importance. Yet, when diversity is defined and discussed, social class is often totally ignored or at best, an afterthought. Consider the following stories as reported in the … Continue reading

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The Majority Culture?

Recently, someone recognized as a diversity “expert” made the statement, “the majority culture is defined as white, male, heterosexual, Christian and not having an ADA-defined disability.” In this context, majority culture refers to those with more power and privilege, those … Continue reading

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