With the Right Team of Adults Behind Her, My Autistic Child Is Killing It at School

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Nationwide, health coverage for autism-related services is seriously lacking. In my home state of Illinois, advocates are pushing newly elected Governor Pritzker to expand Medicaid coverage for early intervention therapies for children with autism. Research shows that early intervention can make a remarkable difference in children’s academic outcomes. This was also the case in […]

Do We Have to Call in the National Guard to Protect the Civil Rights of Students With Disabilities?

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The question must be asked: What do we have to do to get school districts to follow the law and give students who are disabled the services they are legally entitled to receive?   I’ll give you an example. Chicago Public Schools was illegally limiting access to special education services in an […]

Black Folks: We Need to Work, Support, and Donate to Black Non-Profit Organizations.

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Dear Black Folks: We need to have a hard, honest, but real conversation. We have a race problem in the social service sector, a lack of Black ran organizations, leaders, and Black created policies. Right now, we have White folks (well-intentioned, I am sure) but White people, who have professionalized […]

A Lesson on the Difference Between Diversity and Anti-Racism (Oak Park Edition)

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As a racial scholar and advocate, with an interest in White liberal northern racism, I’ve been closely following the racial equity “vision statement” conversation  with Oak Park Village Board. First it’s amazing that there is this much struggle over A VISION STATEMENT! It’s just words! There is literally nothing actually […]

Racism in America #LivingWhileBlack #TheOakParkEdition #PomeranianPeggy #TomatoTammy

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Racism in America, and, racism in Oak Park is nothing new. But calling out the racism of White liberals, unapologetically and blatantly, is a newer trend.  For better or worse, most White conservatives own and are unapologetic with their racism. As an anti-racism advocate, my writing creed is, “call racism, […]

This Mother’s Day, Fight For Right for Women To Decide to Be Mothers

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The new rule, Republican lawmakers in states like Indiana, Alabama, and Georgia don’t get to say, “Happy Mother’s Day.” These MF’ers are creating laws that hurt, and possibly kill, mothers. So to all the legislators who voted for these new laws, FUUUUUUCCCCCKKKK YOOOOOUUUUUUU! These assholes are seriously pretending to care […]