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“It is not enough to prepare our children for the world, we must also prepare the world for our children.”

– Luis J. Rodriguez

Emotional Intelligence: A Foundation in Recovery from Centuries of Oppression

As I continue to unpack what has happened during and since the events in Charlottesville, VA, and have recently also experienced many personal and family-based crises that require public attention directly linked to the failed system of care for children, adults and the elderly with a variety of disabilities, it has been impossible to have … Continue reading Emotional Intelligence: A Foundation in Recovery from Centuries of Oppression

Emotional Intelligence: A Foundation in Recovery from Oppressive Behaviors and Improving the System of Care

I continue to unpack what has happened during and since the events in Charlottesville, VA, since I have recently also experienced many personal and family-based crises that require public attention directly linked to the failed system of care. Defined as a spectrum of effective, community-based services and support, this system of care is not just for … Continue reading Emotional Intelligence: A Foundation in Recovery from Oppressive Behaviors and Improving the System of Care

Part two – Creating Culture: Choosing to Be An Emotionally Present Parent

Click Here to read Part One Admittedly, the past few years since becoming a parent have been very stressful. From not knowing why both my children did not meet key developmental milestones (and the initial helplessness and hopelessness that came with that) to not know how to help them.  Because I trust in the guidance … Continue reading Part two – Creating Culture: Choosing to Be An Emotionally Present Parent

Part One – Creating Culture: Choosing to Be An Emotionally Present Parent

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in the 2017 Transformational Leadership Forum hosted by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competency (NCCC). I was not only honored to have had the opportunity to learn from highly skilled cultural competency trainers, but the icing on the cake has been to now be invited … Continue reading Part One – Creating Culture: Choosing to Be An Emotionally Present Parent

Caretaker in Maleness: The Economy of Male Teachers and Healthcare Professionals

Last week, I was invited to speak with the Male Caregivers  Advocacy Support Group, an initiative of Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN).  It was truly an honor and pleasure to be surrounded with black men that are committed to being strong support for their loved ones with disabilities.  It brought tears to my … Continue reading Caretaker in Maleness: The Economy of Male Teachers and Healthcare Professionals

ESSA and Special Education: the Spectrum of Hopes and Fears of a Parent Advocate

 We are only half-way through 2017 and already, this year has proven to be groundbreaking in regards to Local and Federal policies regarding delivery of care education services for students with disabilities.  From the landmarks Supreme Court ruling in the March 2017 Endrews F. v Douglass County School District, which ruled in favor of academically challenging … Continue reading ESSA and Special Education: the Spectrum of Hopes and Fears of a Parent Advocate

What Happens Next in DC Child Find Policies is Up to Parents and Allies of Children with Disabilities

After a weekend of much needed rest and reflection, I have had some time to think not just about what independence means to me but what it means for my children. Frederick Douglass was not only a hero in the anti-slavery movement, he was also prolific in articulating great ideas expressed in speeches such as … Continue reading What Happens Next in DC Child Find Policies is Up to Parents and Allies of Children with Disabilities


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