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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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Little Things by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Sometimes little things have a big impact. When Meredith was six years old and in a coma, the hospital nurses wanted to shave her head. Her long hair was a tang ... Read on »
Jury Duty by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Last Tuesday, I had my first jury duty. I had heard that the experience was very long and tedious with a lot of waiting around. Because of my low stamina, need for he ... Read on »
Those evil pronouns and other stories by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health There was a time when I was a young child that I thought pronouns were bad words. When I would go to a restaurant, the waiter, with a quick, covert glance my way, wou ... 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 »
John Hockenberry – "Ashley X: Straight on till mourning" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The lack of public outrage about the Ashley Treatment continues to be on my mind. And I know that the Ashley Treatment is still influencing others as well: Amanda who ded ... Read on »
Carnival #9 by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The 9th Disability Blog Carnival is up over at The 19th Floor . The theme for this carnival is employment. Mark shares lots of posts about employment and employment issue ... Read on »
More media news by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health This afternoon, the thoughts of two more of our bloggers can be heard. Ruth Harrigan, Wheelie Catholic , can be heard this afternoon on the Catholic Channel (Cha ... Read on »
Kay Olson: "Anniversary--Escaping Institutionalization" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Reflecting on the fact that the outrageous conditions faced by our veterans at Walter Reed Hospital’s outpatient facilities is similar to the conditions faced by many non ... Read on »
Carnival #10 by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The 10th Disability Blog Carnival is up at HIV/AIDS, Deafness & Disabilities . This carnival is a discussion and set of links on the topic of HIV/AIDS and disability. The ... 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 »
Disability and Gender Stereotypes by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Today is International Women's Day. In the blogging community, this day has been designated "Blog Against Sexism Day". You can learn more about the day, find statisti ... 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 »
College Challenges by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health “Christine” is a fun-loving, self-motivated sophomore at a major state university located a few hours from her home. She candidly shared her transition-to-college exp ... 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 »
UN Disability Treaty Open for Signature Today by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health "The existing human rights system was meant to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities, but the existing standards and mechanisms have in fact failed ... Read on »
Thinking by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Many thanks to Dream Mom who has nominated me for a Thinking Blogger Award . It is an honor to win this award from a fine blogger, and I really appreciate it. For tho ... Read on »
Hope on the Carousel by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Alex, who is a few years younger than me, and I were both in our church’s children’s choir for several years. Now, Alex is in the teen choir while I’m in the adult ch ... Read on »
Dehumanization: Two powerful posts by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Ruth, from Wheelie Catholic , writes a personal, real life post about the issues people with disabilities face with personal care attendants (and I would add often with o ... Read on »
Carnival #11 by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The disability blog carnival is up at All About Abilities and Disabilities . Alexander has put together a wonderful collection of links to stories, persona ... 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 »