Differing Abilities Resources

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(Note: This section was e-mailed to us and we don't know the creator of the list. If anyone knows, please let us know so we have give credit where credit is due. It is a wonderful list.) While some of these resources may work for some people, they might not be good for you. Check with a physician or licensed sex therapist before attempting any sexual act that you are unfamiliar with, or do so at your own risk and with the understanding that bad things might happen. Ultimately, it is your body and your sexuality--venture beyond the bounds of common sense at your own peril.

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Deaf Life is the nation's premier independent slick-format Deaf monthly and the #1 magazine of the Deaf community. As the most widely read Deaf-oriented publication in the United States, every month's issue presents 48 to 64 pages of exciting features and visual appeal. It is for Deaf readers who want to know what is going on--and for hearing readers who want to better understand the Deaf community and its culture. Deaf Life entertains, educates, informs, and enlightens. The title Deaf Life is actually an adaptation of an American Sign Language phrase "deaf-life," which that means "the Deaf reality" or "the Deaf world-picture." It is the first nationally distributed, independent commercial monthly magazine by, about, and for Deaf people.

Diabetic Cooking offers great-tasting, nutritious recipes to help people with diabetes manage their daily meal plans. Quick recipes will satisfy everyone in the family, while there are plenty of cooking tips, baking secrets, helpful shopping hints, complete lessons, and menu suggestions for the cooks. Each bimonthly issue is also full of color how-to photos that make following the recipes easy. (6/$19.95 -You Save 5%) (2/4/00-Subscription information to follow.)

It's Okay!: Quarterly newlsetter which explores the world of sexuality and disability. It's Okay! c/o Phoenix Counsel, Inc., 1 Springbank Dr., St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 2K1. 905.687.3630.

New Mobility Magazine, 23815 Stuart Ranch Rd, Malibu, CA 90265-8987. 800.338.5412 or www.newmobility.com

We Magazine We Magazine is the lifestyle magazine for disabled individuals, their families, and their friends. Readers will enjoy news updates, profiles of leading advocates, book and movie reviews, and coverage of issues in education, breakthroughs in science and medicine, and work. (12/2yrs/$24.95-save 47%) (2/4/00-Subscription information to follow.)


WA Sat, Jun 3 8:30a-5p
Working Together V: A statewide regional conference for fathers of children with special needs. Meet men from across the state, the Pacific Northwest and the U.S. An opportunity for fun, socializing, information and personal learning. Many of the sessions and materials will be available in Spanish. Sponsored by Fathers Network and the Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs/Washington State Department of Health. jmay@fathersnetwork.org or pblair@fathersnetwork.org or 425.747.4004 x 218. www.fathersnetwork.org


Berube, Michael, Life As We Know It: A father, a family and an exceptional child. We Americans argue about representations all the time: the representation of poor people in Congress, of Arabs in Disney movies, of African-Americans in the wake of the O.J. trial, of African-Americans who aren't represented by the best lawyers money can buy. Representations matter. Our world is that which our eyes and ears half create and half perceive; and it is because of this that we need to deliberate the question of how we will represent the range of human variations to ourselves. How we understand people with Down Syndrome will become part of what it means to have Down syndrome. In these pages the author has tried to represent his son James to the best of his ability. Nothing he writes will redraw a political district nor change the chemical composition of Jamie's cells. His job, for now, is to represent his son, to set his place at our collective table. But he knows he is merely trying his best to prepare for the day Jamie sets his own place. For he has no sweeter dream than to imagine that Jamie will someday be his own advocate, his own author, his own best representative. Pantheon Books, 1996 www.randomhouse.com

Cole , Sandra & David Gray, editors, Reproductive Issues for Persons with Physical Disabilities. Brookes Publishing, Baltimore, MD 1993. 800.638.3775

Ducharme, Stanley & Kathleen M Gill, Sexuality After Spinal Cord Injury, Brookes Publishing, Baltimore, MD 1997, 800.638.3775

Kroll, Ken Erica Levy Klein, Enabling Romance: A Guide To Love, Sex And Relationships For The Disabled: A helpful and encouraging book that covers a wide range of disabilities. Woodbine House, Bethseda, MD 1995. 800.843.7323

Levine, James, Getting Men Involved: Strategies for early childhood programs. Not specific to special needs children. Scholastics Inc, 1993 (See Family & Work Institute - 212.465.2044 for this and similar publications. www.familiesandwork.org)

Loggins, Michael Bernard, Fears of Your Life. This book is about scary things: all the things that you're afraid of. Everybody has fears in common and in this guileless handwritten book, the author, an adult with developmental disabilities, battles his fears by listing more than one hundred of them. He explores the depths of our most human emotion. From simple fears, like "# 57 Fear of being different." to more complex fears like # 85 Fear that if you put too much toilet paper in the toilet bowl it will run over and get all over the floor and on you and on someone else too, it would leak from upstairs to the next floor below." The author has been writing, drawing and painting at San Francisco's Creativity Explored since it's inception in 1984. His work has been exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Bronwyn Keenan Gallery in New York. Manic D Press, 2004, ISBN 0-916397-90-4

Marca Sipski, Marca & Craig J. Alexander, editors, Sexual Function in People with Disabilities and Chronic Illness: A Health Professional's Guide Aspen Publishers, Gaithersburg, MD 1997. 800.638.8437

Packard, David & Lucile Foundation, Special Education for Students with Disabilities. Twenty years ago, the educational rights of students with disabilities were dramatically and firmly established in law and practice. Prior to that time, many students were refused enrollment or special educational services. As recently as 1973, at least one million students were denied enrollment in public schools solely on the basis of their disabilities, and at least two million others were not receiving an education appropriate to their needs. Although every state has provided some form of special education throughout this century, these services were largely at the discretion of local school districts. Only since a federal court case in 1972 and the passage of federal legislation in 1975 have all states been mandated to provide a free, appropriate public education to all students with disabilities. This analysis addresses five questions concerning special education: (1) Why are so many students considered disabled? (2) What are the educational needs of students with disabilities? (3) How should appropriate, individualized services be funded? (4) Are the procedural protections of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act necessary? (5) Can regular education meet the needs of more students? The Future of Children, is published three times a year, each on a different topic relating to children. This is Vol 6 Number 1, Spring 1996 circulation@futureofchildren.org or www.futureofchildren.org

Patterson, Patricia Miles , Doubly Silenced: Sexuality, Sexual Abuse and People with Developmental Disabilities. Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities, Madison, WI 1991. 608.267.3906.

Spinal Network: The Total Wheelchair Resource Book is at www.newmobility.com/bookstore-spinalnet.cfm


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