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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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Independent Living by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Last week, at my request, an occupational therapist and 2 rehabilitation engineers from the University of Illinois Chicago Assistive Technology Unit came to my house ... Read on »
Disappointing news and exciting news on the same day by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Yesterday, I found out that I was chosen as an alternate for MIUSA’s Costa Rican Exchange . If a spot opens up, they'll call me. I’m disappointed. I would have loved t ... Read on »
Which Box? by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health We humans like to label, to stereotype, to box-in others to simplify our own lives, allowing us to avoid dealing with the complexity of each person. We delude ourselv ... Read on »
Christie Gilson: An Agent for Change by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Christie Gilson. I met Christie at her office in the Education Building at the University of Illinois. Christie is a war ... Read on »
Blogging Against Disablism Day by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Tuesday, May 1 will be the 2nd Blogging Against Disablism Day. (The U.K. uses the term "disablism"; we in the U.S. use the term " ableism ".) The 1st Bloggin ... 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 »
Next Carnival by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Amanda, from Ballastexistenz , is hosting the next blog carnival. Her theme is “What Box?” Here’s her description of this fascinating theme: “. . . there’s ... Read on »
Top 10 Tips For Service Providers by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I enjoy reading BBC Ouch's Top 10 lists , so I've made one of my own. (I'm also thinking that this might be a fun theme for a Blog Carnival.) Top 10 Tips For Ser ... Read on »
Carnival Day! by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Head on over to From Where I’m Sitting , and check out Disability Blog Carnival 12 . The theme for this carnival is Disability and Culture. There are a lot ... Read on »
Andrea: "'Cyborg Cool' Versus 'Crip Pity'" by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Andrea, from Andrea’s Buzzing About , writes a right-on and entertaining post on the silliness of our society’s attitudes. She notes the irony in how the same te ... Read on »
The Juggling Act by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health With my cerebral palsy, I have to be very conscious of setting priorities for my time and energy. I must plan my time very carefully because I have very limited stami ... Read on »
Sandbox Lessons by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I was listening to the song, “ You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught ” from the musical South Pacific. The song asserts that children are not born racist, they ... Read on »
Tomorrow is Blogging Against Disablism Day by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health In One in Seven , Lady Bracknell writes an excellent lead-up post to Blogging Against Disablism Day which highlights the many aspects of diversity among people with disab ... Read on »
Disability Blog Carnivals by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health In addition to the current carnival up at Ballastexistenz, there's info about Carnival #14, which will be at The Gimp Parade. The theme for that carnival will be " ... Read on »
Carnival #13! by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Carnival #13 is up at Ballastexistenz . Amanda has put together a collection of posts about boxes - literal boxes and the boxes of current event labelling ... Read on »
Disability Blog Carnival #15! by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Kathryn from Ryn Tales has put together a rich assortment of posts that cover family and many other topics. I found some new blogs at this carnival, which ... Read on »
Reflections on Self-Love, Self-Worth, and Family by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The 15th Disability Blog Carnival will be on the theme of family and disability. Able-bodied or disabled, all children learn their value from the people with whom they sp ... Read on »
Friends' true views come out when a child gets sick by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Update - Cicely came through her surgery well, and her mom shares the hospital experience here . The mom learned more about the ableist world than she'd care to belie ... Read on »
Employment and the ADA by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health One of the speakers at the Coalition For Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois ( CCDI ) conference was Howard Rosenblum, senior attorney for the Illinois advocacy organi ... Read on »
A powerful week by David Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health This week I went to the Illinois state capital, Springfield, for the Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois (CCDI) annual Disability Rights Conference. There ... Read on »