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October 18, 2005


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Happy birthday to Aidan. Having watched him enjoy a lovely summer dinner I am sure he will enjoy his birthday even more. I wonder if it is the rugged individualist interpretation that undermines our ablity to deliver more humane services to the disabled. Unfortunately, especially at the level of school funding, shouting matches often develop over disposition of scarce resources. Sometimes it seems a very Darwinian scramble for larger pieces of the fiscal niche. Interestingly, scarce resources are often consumed by people, who, to put it bluntly, don't really need them. For example, in the six year tenure of my wife at her school where she taught the percentage of kids, who by their various and sundry "disabilities", needed to be on the "untimed test list" increased from about 5 to about 60% in her two classes. These people require special assistance and evaluation and thus consume precious resources better used by those more needy. The Marxian maxim of "From each according to ability to each according to need" is given lip service but not much else. So not only do we need more humane and dispassionate (i.e. emotionally disentangled) help given to those who need, but it is important that some degree of self policing take place. As usual, simple solutions don't immediately suggest themselves. The filthy lucre rules.

This entry was wonderful and yet heart-wrenching. I spend my days with people like Aidan, and want to spend my life enriching the life of disabled people. I just recently took a job at an agency that serves adults with disabilities, including the ones with severe disabilites. If you'd like me to tell you more about it, feel free me to drop me an email. Happy birthday to Aidan! I'm sure that with your dedication to improve his life there will be many more.

Happy birthday, Aidan!

Happy birthday Aidan!

As to the question of expanding understanding, I recently had the chance to see Mark Zupan, a member of US quad rugby team, speak after a showing of the film "MurderBall." He is an amazing speaker, and his story incredibly effective in using anecdotes to drive home (again and again) that he and others, disabled or Black or Muslim etc, are simply people in bodies that are different.

And that those who see otherwise may be missing wonders. The message played well to an audience of 150 or so students at WKU; I was disappointed to see few faculty in the audience, much less community members.

Thank you for sharing your story and thoughts above. I am saddened to hear that students such as Aidan are not welcomed in the same way as others.

Thank you to all who came and read about Aidan. He had a good birthday. Although he did not escape from school (we will have a full-blown party this weekend) he was feted by his family over dinner: cake, presents, singing. His sister was especially loving. Even though I had bought several presents and told her that one could be from her, she insisted that she take her own money and go to the store herself and pick out something personally for him. We went to the bookstore and she found a book that she felt captured something about herself that she could give to him: a Robert Dahl book. Her love is just another aspect of his presence in the world.

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