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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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"…not this separate category of human beings" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Fifty years ago, babies born with developmental disabilities were routinely placed in institutions by their families under the direction of their family doctors. Health c ... Read on »
"ADA Authors Rebut Critics of ADA Restoration" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Reunify Gally is full of links and information about the ADA Restoration Act. The most recent post shares a letter that Representatives Hoyer and Sensbrenner wrote in re ... Read on »
"Bob's House" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health If you missed the Super Bowl yesterday, here's a link to the Pepsi commercial which highlights a popular joke from the deaf culture and also an interview with the Pepsi w ... 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 »
"in some sense, we should all just be people... " by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Natalia, from My Spanglish Life , made this comment to my Disability and Gender Stereotypes post for Blog Against Sexism Day . Natalia gives a link to a wonderfu ... 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 »
"It's not the disability, stupid" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Ruth Harrigan, of Wheelie Catholic , has another website called A Different Light with fiction, essays, and poetry about disability. In this essay , she writes about a va ... Read on »
"Martin’s Answer to the Ashley Treatment" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I found this new website from Ruth, at Wheelie Catholic . Introducing, Martin. Martin lives with his parents and 3 brothers in my homestate of ... 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 »
"People with intellectual disabilities deserve only one r-word: Respect" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Thanks, Ruth for sharing this beautiful video from The ARC of Virginia and The ARC of Northern Virginia. It sums up the issues well. Read on »
"Tears of Shame and Embarrassment" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I had been searching for a news story about the United States and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities , and had found next to nothing. Thanks ... Read on »
"The Argument Against Lifeboats" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Steve Kuusisto of Planet of the Blind makes a very interesting comparison of the opposition to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Restoration Act with the pr ... Read on »
"Why Our Perspective and Presence As People with Disabilities Matters" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Ruth , from Wheelie Catholic, writes of society's need to better understand and respect the perspectives of people with disabilities. She says that this understanding an ... Read on »
“…not this separate category of human beings” by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Fifty years ago, babies born with developmental disabilities were routinely placed in institutions by their families under the direction of their family doctors. Health ca ... Read on »
“I ran into God.” by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health More withMeredith... When Meredith was a little girl she was hit by a car. “I ran into God when I was in my coma. I was in a coma for six long weeks. ... Read on »
“Martin’s Answer to the Ashley Treatment” by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I found this new website from Ruth, at Wheelie Catholic. Introducing, Martin. Martin lives with his parents and 3 brothers in my homestate of Illinois. Martin' ... Read on »
"How do the blind see beauty?" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health More on beauty. . . . In The Beauty Myth, recently published in the Washington Post, Steve Kuusisto shares his thoughts. Check it out! Read on »
22! by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Twenty two years ago (tomorrow) I was born. Here's a picture of me and my sisters at 24 days old on Christmas day, 1985. Can you guess which one is me? (a little take-off ... Read on »
26th Blog Carnival by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health How do you relax or unwind? That's the question over at the latest Disability Blog Carnival up now by Greg at Pitt Rehab . Lots of gr ... Read on »
3-21 World Down Syndrome Day by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health UPDATE: Here's a blog written by Edward Barbanell , an actor who has Down Syndrome and who has been writing a blog for more than a year. Thanks, Michelle. To ... Read on »