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David Patient Expert

San Francisco, California
I took a year away from college to interview people with disabilities, share their stories, and post my reflections. I'm amazed by how much I learned over this past year. Now, I'm back in school, not having time to interview, but continuing to share my thoughts. About me - I like sports, music,... Full Bio
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We all do it by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health We all do it. We don’t mean to, but we do. The audience and judges sneered when contestant Susan Boyle walked on stage on Britain's Got Talent. When she started to ... Read on »
Relationships by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I’ve been thinking about the connection between disability and friendship. What makes a friend? What do I look for in a friendship? What do I like about my friends? ... Read on »
Computing by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Meredith is an upbeat, positive, energetic person, proud of who she is and insistent I use her real name. Meredith has many interests and passions. She is a committed vol ... Read on »
Birthday celebrations by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health As many of you know, thanks to Connie and Steve Kuusisto, today is my birthday, my 21st to be exact. Yes, now I am legal. When I was little, I would eagerly loo ... Read on »
A mother and father’s betrayal by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Update: See January 15 post. Ok. Here I go. I am tired of the profound sadness that is filling my head 24/7. When I first heard about the “Ashley Treatment”, I w ... Read on »
Disability rights are human rights. by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health On December 13, 2006, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons With Disabilities. T ... Read on »
Carnival Day! by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The theme of Carnival #16 is "Borders", and it's up now over at Pilgrim Girl. Jana starts by sharing a recent experience in her own life. "A few months ago I ... Read on »
"Our homes, not nursing homes" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Press release from ADAPT ADAPT Challenges HUD, Dems, McCain on Disability/Housing Economic Crisis Washington, D.C.---ADAPT wasted no time challenging multiple polic ... Read on »
Telethons and Pity (Repost) by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health This is a reposting of last Labor Day Weekend's post on pity. the post is just as applicable this year, as is the blogswarm. Today is Labor Day, and, to many people, that ... Read on »
"Difference is an Artist's Game" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health A beautiful video created by Clara Sigmon, a 13 yr old, about her brother David, who has Down syndrome. I found this video via Michelle who says, "it is very powerful and well ... Read on »
World Language Survey by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Mobility International USA, the organization with whom I traveled to Costa Rica, is conducting a survey to determine how people with disabilities learn a foreign language. ... Read on »
I'll Do It Myself by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health If you've ever had extensive therapy as a child, I think you will relate to this story. I sure do. "Speech therapy seemed rather biz ... Read on »
Life Lessons by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health If you haven’t seen this video, take a look. It was made by Amanda, author of the blog Ballastexistenz . Here’s her description of her video , In My Language, “The ... Read on »
A Day at Work by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I interviewed Chris and his mom, Sheila, ( real names used with permission ) about Chris's job. Chris is a mail clerk for Rotary International. He has had ... Read on »
"It's downright crippling..." by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Ruth, from Wheelie Catholic, shares her own story about a dehumanization experience at a Target store in an encounter with a young girl and her mother. Read on »
Costa Rica: Disability Rights Exchange Program by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health This week I have been working on my application to Mobility International USA’s Costa Rica Exchange . Mobility International USA is an organization that enables peopl ... Read on »
Again: Those evil pronouns and other stories by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Last weekend I was ambitious, and I posted two posts. Some of you may not have seen my first post on dehumanization. I’ve been thinking a lot about dehumanizat ... Read on »
Carnival #8 by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Head on over to Medical Humanities to check out Carnival #8 on the theme of contact. Enjoy! Read on »
What’s Shame Up To? by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health In a previous post, I shared a few stories of dehumanization . Unfortunately, when one is treated as less than human, shame finds a home in the soul. Shame about one’s ab ... Read on »
Congratulations, Amanda! by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I heard from Blue that Amanda’s blog, Ballastexistenz was named a Yahoo pick of the week ! Go check out her blog. Her perspective, reflections, and personal insights are ... Read on »