Patrick’s Inclusion Journey

PATRICK’S INCLUSION JOURNEY •   Today, March 4th, marks the day to “End the Word”.  This is a world-wide effort to stop using the word “retard” as a pejorative.  I’ve worn my t-shirt with this logo for five years.  If I were a classroom teacher, these would be my classroom rules.  If you have […]

In Praise Of Those Pesky Dandelions In The Middle Of Our Manicured Lawns…and Other Thoughts On The Pursuit Of Pefection

**Today’s post gives you a little insight into why our logo contains a dandelion…we believe in the wish, the potential, the beauty…but we live in a world that sees only a weed. The National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion is working to spread the message of beauty and hope through inclusion in our Catholic schools. […]

Dear 8th Graders

*** This post was written in February 2014, after the 100 Day Celebration for the 8th Graders.  One of the students was telling me how grateful she was that Patrick was in her class and I revealed that Patrick was the only student with Down Syndrome in the Diocese of Sacramento who had been educated […]

Anything Can Be

** This blog post was written the night of Patrick’s graduation, Saturday, May 31st, 2014. ** Anything can be. Anything. Tonight is proof. 5,445 days ago a little baby was born. He had Down Syndrome…a heart defect and later leukemia. 5,445 days ago I didn’t know a thing. I was biased and prejudiced. Flattened and […]