Rediscovering My Black and Disabled Voice

Speaking it into existence, coming into 2022, I’ve made a personal pledge turned public to write my experiences and share them via Chi Bornfree’s blog and other outlets. It is a muscle I’ve put to the back seat due and reallocated my energies to surviving the pandemic by building and organizing. Yet, as any other […]

Dealing with COVID While Caring for A Child with Intellectual Disabilities

Guest Post by Angelique Marshall For over 29 years I have been a mother of a child with intellectual disabilities. When I was told that my daughter had cerebral palsy, I knew there was so much I had to learn to assist in providing her with equal opportunities in the world. One main issue that […]

It Is Ok To Say You’re Not Ok – Balancing Parenting and COVID-19

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Pandemic Learning and IEP’s

It seems that too many decisions around education are happening without much input from families and youth, yet it is on the home front that distance learning policies rely so heavily on in order to work. Managing disruption in routines, coping with challenging behaviors and worrying about academic regression are just some of the issues […]

The People’s Convention: Why It’s Important to Join Organizations.

I’ve had over a week now to digest the many great lessons learned at the Center for Popular Democracy’s (CPD) Our Vision, Our Future: People’s Convention held in Detroit, MI from July 25-27th.  In the time since coming home, and post watching the Democratic primary debates that also took place in Detroit shortly after the […]

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

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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 […]

Nurtured in Politics: Growing Up in Washington, DC

Unless one is living under a rock, or is a millennial that didn’t grow in Washington, DC, most are aware and saddened by the passing of longtime news anchor Jim Vance. Reflecting on how much he and co-anchor Doreen Genzler were furniture in memories of my youth in DC also here prompted more bittersweet thoughts […]

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 […]