Posts by Sparrow Rose Jones

Customized Education Models May Hold the Key to Student Success

Friday, October 6, 2017In the first half of the 1970s, nearly 30 regional court cases regarding issues of educational inclusion culminated in a new federal law, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, known today as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (…

Disabled People Have the Right to Live Happily Ever After

Wednesday, September 6, 2017“The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.” – Chief Justice Earl Warren, Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967) While…

Ensuring Disabled People Return to Community Living After Natural Disasters

Friday, September 1, 2017As Texans continue to experience the fallout of flooding of historical proportions from Hurricane Harvey, safety is paramount, especially for disabled people, who are particularly vulnerable during natural disasters. The United Nations recognizes this vulnerability in Article 11 of the…

Homeschooling Should Be an Option for Disabled Students, But Not the Only Option

Thursday, August 3, 2017When I was in middle school, I begged my mother to homeschool me. I was struggling with the curriculum — I needed to be more challenged and more accommodated at the same time — and I was being bullied by…

Paying Disabled Workers Fair Market Wage Isn’t Just Ethical…It’s Economical

Friday, July 14, 2017It was a hot summer and I was on the longest road trip of my life when I found the perfect product, something that would keep the heat at bay. It was exactly what I needed and only one small…

Why We Cannot Allow the AHCA to Pull Our Lives Out From Under Us

Tuesday, June 6, 2017I am Autistic and I have depended on Medicaid for my health care coverage for 23 years now. During those years, I have watched my coverage expand and shrink, depending on the political climate and the state I was living…

New Laws Could Put Access on the Line at State and National Levels

Tuesday, May 30, 2017Imagine being Deaf and pregnant but not being able to discuss your concerns with your obstetrician for six months while waiting for your doctor’s office to get an ASL interpreter. Or what about having to wait two months for a…

Disability Day of Mourning: We Are Not Burdens

Wednesday, March 1, 2017Trigger warning: this post discusses violence against and murder of disabled people. His name was Marcus Fiesel. He was a smiling three-year-old boy who loved bubbles, flowers, and Bob the Builder.  Like all children, he deserved to be protected from…

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