Nightmare Come True: Police Training, Autism, and Down Syndrome

Sometimes I spend time worrying about my infant son’s future.  My son with Down syndrome.  My son with a disability.  My son, a human being.

Among the things I worry about is that the world will see him as nothing but a problem.  An anomaly, a special circumstance, some thing to be “handled” and “managed”.  I worry that people will take one look at him and hold him up to a stereotype, and he’ll never have a chance to be fully human.  If he matches the stereotype, everything he says or does will be a foregone conclusion.  If he deviates from the stereotype, he’ll be nothing but an even greater abnormality.

My fears became reality today. Read the rest of this entry »

Issy Stapleton and the Public Narrative

Issy Stapleton is still alive.  Issy Stapleton is still alive.  Issy Stapleton is still alive.

I get the distinct feeling that this point is lost to some.  Issy Stapleton is out there, physically recovering from the trauma of almost dying.  For those who don’t know, Kelli Stapleton attempted to kill her daughter and herself.  Her daughter is autistic.  There are many, many theories going around about what happened, why it happened, and how to prevent it.  I’m not writing to weigh in on that. Read the rest of this entry »