Archive: Nov 2015

  1. “Because I Am Loved”: Children’s Book Author B. Keith Fulton Shares New Book About His Disabled Sister Shauna

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    In October, I was contacted by renowned writer and illustrator Jerry Craft about a children’s book he illustrated, Shauna, that featured a disabled girl of color protagonist. Being that I had put out a call to spotlight more diversity within children’s books, particularly those with disabled people of color characters and/or written by disabled or able-bodied authors of color, I was elated to learn about this new book.  Jerry connected me with the book’s author, B. Keith Fulton, and B. Keith and I did a phone interview towards the end of that month.

    I wanted to share the interview I conducted with B. Keith about his vision for the book, why it meant so much to him to share his sister’s, Shauna, story with the world in this capacity, and how authoring a book with such a powerful message impacted him.

    Without further ado, B. Keith Fulton ramps his voice about Shauna:

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  2. How Caregiving Changed Me: My Reflection for National Family Caregivers Month

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    It is not a secret that I am a caregiver for my Grandmother, “Big V;” I have written about my experiences as a then late-20s something caregiver in 2013.  However, 2015 marked drastic changes in not only my Grandmother’s health, but also greatly shaped my life in the process.  In observance of National Family Caregivers Month, which is commemorated in November, I wanted to share what has occurred, and how I have coped and grown during such an emotional experience.

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  3. Seeking the Voices & Experiences of Disabled Lawyers & Lawyers Who Practice Disability Law

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    For the latter half of this year, I have begun my journey as an aspiring disability rights lawyer by studying for the LSAT, and selecting and applying to schools.  

    Being a lawyer was never within my vision of my life, but since beginning this advocacy focus, the calling appeared before me two years ago to take this route.  There are aspects of the legal world that appeals to me – being details-oriented; playing devil’s advocate to controversial issues; researching policies; understanding how laws and policies positively or negatively impact individuals, the broader society, and day-to-day transactions; writing; educating people about their rights and what they can do; and putting your own stamp on a profession that is misunderstood and making a difference, one case or client at a time.  

    Having the unique experience of being a lawyer and social worker will allow me to bring some warmth, personableness, and empathy to a profession that has the reputation of being exact, cold, and emotionless.  The “soft” skills I have as a social worker from my training and education – communication, listening skills, documentation writing, seeing issues from all angles – are what future employers are seeking from law school graduates.  In addition, I want my law degree to be an “add-on” to the career I am establishing and be expanded by offering an legal component to my advocacy and consulting work.  Having a clear understanding of how I want my law degree to work for me is great motivation at this stage, and when I begin law school.  

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  4. I Was Called the R-Word

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    “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

    This is a phrase we all hear as children when someone says something to us that is mean-spirited.  As we grow older, we realize that words DO hurt, and can pack a very powerful punch when used maliciously to dehumanize us.  

    Last month, I was called one of the most offensive words you could utter to a disabled person – the “R-word.”  I felt that it was a very poignant moment to discuss on the blog, and the impact the derogatory slur had on me, and how I view those who use such inferiority tactics.  

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