the new york times: The Right School Can Make All the Difference for a Child With Disabilities

Evie carpenter

Evie carpenter

I aimed my butt toward what had to be the tiniest chair on the planet and tried to focus on what my daughter’s preschool teacher was saying. The topic of the meeting: kindergarten placement for Sophie.

Sophie has Down syndrome. A third 21st chromosome makes her just a little bit (and sometimes a lot) different from the rest of us. People with Down syndrome typically have delays in fine and gross motor skills, as well as speech issues, and always some level of intellectual disability.


WHYY/NPR: Hair and our Health

Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY

Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY

When Amy Silverman’s daughter was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Amy had many questions — and one of them was whether her daughter would ever have curly hair.


THE GUARDIAN: Changing more than pronouns: a non-binary teen fights education laws

Cassidy Araiza/The Guardian

Cassidy Araiza/The Guardian

Santi Ceballos worked to change Arizona’s curriculum laws that focused sex education on heterosexuality and left them out.

Sometimes, other kids call Santi “it”.

“It’s sort of like treating me as a different species,” said Santi Ceballos, who goes by they/them pronouns, looking straight into the camera for a video produced by the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance last year. The video was made in an effort to educate others about what it means to be gender nonconforming.


TUCSON WEEKLY: A Dying Institution: It wasn’t easy to care for a family member with intellectual disabilities in the 1950s.



Once upon a time, I had a baby and everything was fine—until it wasn't.

That didn't take long. It was all high fives and congratulations in the operating room, but later I learned that as soon as the doctor pulled Sophie out of me, my husband Ray noticed that this baby looked different than our older daughter, Annabelle, born two years earlier.

"I think Sophie might have Down syndrome," Ray told me when we were alone in the recovery room.


PHOENIX NEW TIMES: Vintage John McCain: Dead at 81, He Was America's Senator, Not Arizona's

Note: This piece just won first place for general feature in the 2019 Society for Features Journalism Awards.

Gino Santa Maria

Gino Santa Maria

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.


PHOENIX MAGAZINE | How Amy Silverman Fell in Love with Phoenix

Illustration by Laura Spalding Best

Illustration by Laura Spalding Best

Until Laura Spalding Best came along, I never would have called my street beautiful.

Mind you, I love my sweet, cluttered home. It’s the surrounding Tempe neighborhood that always left me a little cold, despite qualities that most people would describe as “charming”: irrigated lots, big trees and quirky old houses, with Frank Lloyd Wright’s ASU Gammage auditorium just a short stroll away.


“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