• The Christmas Gift is You!

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    Soe Are you the gift under the tree? Imagine a small dollhouse on a post next to a big pine tree in a suburban front yard. The walls are painted with a warm, inviting color, perhaps trimmed in white. There is a small shingled roof and double doors which open wide. Now, imagine the little […]

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  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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    Mikelle and I often write about employment strategies for people with disabilities.  In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the many changes coming forward with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, we feel you need to hear directly from the  Regional Services Administration Commissioner Janet LaBreck on what is happening in the area […]

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  • Mom’s Summer Vacation

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    Mom’s Summer Vacation Every summer my mom, Katherine Carol, hops on a plane and travels to the Dominican Republic (DR) for two weeks. It’s her chance to take a nice sunny break from our hectic everyday life. When she’s gone all my girls rally together to make sure I have everything I need. We scramble […]

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  • Couch Crushers

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    Couch Crushers At the end of April we realized that some changes were going to be forthcoming this spring/summer. Changes in Mikelle’s schedule, her staff, and not least of al, her apartment. First on our list of Things To Do was buy a new couch. This brought a plethora of it’s own problems. First we […]

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  • Three Gifts Under Our Christmas Tree 2015

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    Do the gifts of community come from systems or families? Intelligent, hardworking human services professionals discuss the need for inclusive communities and person-centered planning. I know, I have sat in numerous conference rooms over the years, I hear the concern in their voices as they acknowledge the elusive nature of creating enduring communities.  If they could provide the […]

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  • Insights and Aspirations: Thoughts on 2015 Families at the Forefront of Technology Conference

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    Thoughts on the 2nd Annual Families at the Forefront of Technology Conference It is almost mythical–our determination. We gathered from all over the country, representing the rolling hills of Alabama, the bustling city of Chicago, the royal blue waters of Puget Sound in Seattle, and the rural corners of western Colorado at the beautiful Snowmass […]

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  • Romancing the IEP

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    Romancing the IEP The Full Life Ahead Foundation recently ask me to write for their new blog on the topic, “The Individual Educational Plan” (otherwise known as the IEP).  Both Mikelle and I have a long history with the IEP. For me, first as a young special educator back in the 1970’s.   Then Mikelle and […]

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  • Perhaps She Does Love Cats

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    It was Mikelle’s brother, Kasey, who loved cats. His seven year old hands helped rescue “Vampire,” a gray hodgepodge of a kitten from beneath the pfitzer bushes standing sentry to the entrance of our home on Ponds View Place, back when we had grass, a sprawling ranch-style home with an uncertain future. When we sold […]

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  • Free Room and Board/Mother’s Helper

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    Free Rent/Board In Exchange for Part-time Support Would you like to make a difference and live in Capital Hill one of Denver’s best neighborhoods? We are looking for a live-in mother’s helper to provide part time, flexible support for a woman with a disability assisting her mother in providing support to this young, dynamic and […]

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  • Time to Transition, Again?

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    Every day, more and more yellow appears on the trees lining 8th Avenue near our home. Autumn is in the air. The sun rises a little later each morning, the breeze is cooler as it sweeps in the open window, kids are back in school. Halloween candy already lines the shelves at the grocery stores. […]

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