Wanted For September 2014:
Wanted: A school placement for Jacob that is not afraid of a boy in a wheelchair. A school that is interested in treating him as a person, with dignity and respect. Qualifications: – Empathetic principal, willing to put a student’s needs before union policies. – Creative, energetic teacher who can see past his physical limitations and program […]
Will kids make fun of him?
“The kids in his class will make fun of him.” I sat there stunned, until I regained my composure, caught my breath and calmly stated: “then maybe this is not the right school for Jacob.” The setting: the intake meeting at the new school Jacob is registered to attend in September The attendees: the principal […]
My Son is My Greatest Teacher
Posted in Yes We Can on Clubmom.ca May 29, 2014 I had no idea how my safe and insular world would be tossed, shaken and dropped unceremoniously on its head with the first breath of my first child in May 2002. It was Jacob’s birth and early struggle for life that led me to my […]
THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 The Boy Who Can by Marcy White: An Inspiring Book Review for Disability Parents Marcy White was like just about every other young mother-to-be. She was excited, nervous, happy and brimming with the anticipation of seeing her new baby boy. But when her baby boy Jacob was born, something didn’t seem […]
A Mother Who Imagines Past a Son’s Limitations
From Jewish Tribune APRIL 28, 2014 Marcy White’s world was turned upside down after her son Jacob was born. Marcy White and her husband Andrew Trossman were happily awaiting the arrival of their first child in 2002. But when Jacob was born, their lives turned upside down. Jacob was born with paralyzed vocal cords and […]
My Son is NOT a Widget
My son was just treated as a widget, something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known. My eleven-almost-twelve year old son needs 24-hour care and supervision. He can never be left alone. Ever. His life depends on it because of his breathing and swallowing issues. We have nurses who remain awake in his […]
Jacob’s Race to Victory, you can help!
Next month is the National Mobility Awareness Month in the US & Canada. There’s an organization, NMEDA, that will give away 3-4 wheelchair accessible vehicles to the winners of their annual challenge. First, contestants must get as many votes as possible from friends, family, coworkers etc. as part of raising awareness. In fact, voters can […]