Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How can I keep from singing...

“Pete Seeger believed songs were a way of binding people to a cause."  


Monday, August 20, 2012

Conference Opportunity Nov, 28 - Dec. 1, 2012

Early Bird Registration Ends September 1 - Register now and save on your 2012 TASH conference experience.

The 2012 TASH Conference in Long Beach, California, Nov. 28 - Dec. 1, 2012, features more than 200 workshops, sessions and posters on the latest research and best practices as well as in-depth discussions on a wide range of topics impacting the disability field. Attendees at the 2012 TASH Conference will access: • General Sessions, Concurrent and Poster Sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday • Town Halls, Forums, Film Screenings and Special Events • Wednesday and Friday Conference-Wide Receptions • Conference Exhibit Hall • Conference materials, including program and post-conference online resources • Unlimited networking opportunities for self-advocates, professionals, students and family members to connect with peers and experts.

For more information, visit www.tash.org/2012TASH or contact conference@tash.org with questions.
1001 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 235, Washington, DC, 20036 info@tash.org (202) 540-9020 www.tash.org

Sunday, February 19, 2012

PRESENTING CHERYL JORGENSEN... A Place Where Everyone Belongs: The Story of "Pedro’s Whale"

“More than anything in the world, Pedro loved whales. He loved big whales. He loved grey whales. He loved small whales. He loved blue whales. But most of all, he loved his whale. It made him so happy.” Pedro’s Whale, by Paula Kluth and Patrick Schwarz, is a children’s book about a boy who can be taught, comforted, and motivated when his special interest is brought into curriculum, instruction, and the classroom, in general. And oh by the way, Pedro has autism. In her presentation, Dr. Cheryl Jorgensen will use the theme and text of this book to describe the values and practices that make schools places where everyone belongs and no one is left behind.


Thursday, April 12, 2012
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Courtright Memorial Library, Otterbein University
Westerville, OH


All are invited to this FREE event! For more information or to request an interpreter contact Lois Szudy at LSzudy@otterbein.edu

An Erin McKenzie Virtual Welcoming Space Event
Co-sponsored by
Ohio TASH (Welcoming the Presence and Participation of All Citizens)
and the Friends of the Otterbein University Courtright Memorial Library
Additional thanks to the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio for their support.

Friday, March 18, 2011

THE ART OF COMMUNITY - Learning With Each Other And Discovering Our Passion!



Barb...When I think of stories about community, I always think of what our family and many others learned from our daughter. Erin was a young woman with Down syndrome and her life demonstrated the rich connections and relationships that result from an inclusive learning community. Among her passions was theatre and she met and celebrated with many friends through that love. It began at Westerville South High School and introduced her to Otterbein University and many wonderful and reciprocal relationships with other theatre lovers! Real friendship often comes from our shared interests and passions and not our shared abilities.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Facilitating Community


Kelley…Sometimes we are in situations that are stressful or intense and that can help a group come together in community. In my visual I wanted to represent the members of my methods class who have come together largely because of our instructor and especially because of an activity that she facilitated. We each shared stories about ourselves and then reflected back to each other what strengths we heard from those stories about each of us. It has helped to create a supportive learning community.

Some Things to Think About…
How do we create welcoming communities where each person can feel comfortable and supported?
Are we open to discovering the gifts in each person?
Do we see the glass as half full or half empty?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Reflecting and Sharing Stories


Steven…I love to travel, see new places and meet new people. I also value learning and that was handed down to me by my grandfather, a run-away slave. My neighborhood community back in Youngstown has a reunion every few years and a scholarship is offered to a college student in memory of my grandparents. We support each other. It is important to reflect on the past as we move forward to the future.

What have we discovered from our life journey so far?
What have we learned from our experiences and relationships?
Do we welcome and celebrate ALL diversity?