PHOENIX MAGAZINE: Food, Flowers and Filth
Experts say vocational programs at Arizona public schools are under-realized at best, exploitative at worst. And they’re letting down students with disabilities.
For as long as her mother can remember, Sophia Landay has wanted to work with animals. Nothing exotic like the stuffed toy rhinoceros the 18-year-old hugs during a recent FaceTime conversation – just cats and dogs.
LENNY LETTER: FAYE AND ME
As the mother of a child with Down Syndrome, I found myself in Faye, a woman decades older than me who chose to institutionalize her developmentally disabled children.
My mother tells a story about a phone call she’ll never forget. It was the summer of 1966. She was several months pregnant with her first child (me), biding her time by the pool of the Phoenix apartment complex where she and my dad were living. Her due date wasn’t till November, but they’d already picked out both boy and girl names.
PHOENIX NEW TIMES: Vintage John McCain: Dead at 81, He Was America's Senator, Not Arizona's
John McCain rubbed his hands together a lot.
He did it all the time — on the U.S. Senate floor, during campaign events, standing around — hands cradled, moving. It wasn’t a casual gesture. You could tell he was putting some force into it.
91.5 KJZZ: Overalls
I finally bought my kid some overalls last week. It was time.
Sophie’s been asking for overalls for years, and for years I’ve been changing the subject. That’s not to say this isn’t a kid who gets what she wants. No fewer than five dresses were purchased in anticipation of a recent Homecoming dance.
But some habits die hard.
PHI DELTA KAPPAN: Writing better stories about students with disabilities
When our newborn daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome, my husband Ray and I just stared at each other.
I’d been a journalist for more than a decade, covering politics and social welfare. But I had never met anyone with Down syndrome; I knew nothing about it.
“Silverman’s fierce account of coming to terms with having a child with Down syndrome is at once precise, mordant, and compassionate, and ultimately is exquisitely human.”
— Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling
author of How to Raise an Adult