Archive for December, 2010

I am a fortunate woman by Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on December 22nd, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

Sixteen years ago today, our family was blessed with an early Christmas prize. Weighing just slightly less than nine pounds (4.1 kilograms for those who think in metric), our son defined that wonderful Christmas for us so many years ago! He now towers above me. I see a slight shadow around his jaw, chin and […]

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To Disclose or Not to Disclose…That is the Question by Denise Goegan

Posted in Articles, Denise's Journey on December 20th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 1 Comment

Who would have thought that the most difficult part of the graduate school application process would be to decide whether to disclose my learning disability or not. From my stand point at the start of the semester I thought it would have been getting good grades or having the right people write my letters of […]

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Would we ever ask a blind person to try harder to see? By Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on December 15th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

This is a true story, but I am changing some of the pertinent details to preserve confidentiality and prevent myself from getting sued.  Well, it is more the latter than the former. Let me describe the situation. It is about a 15 year old girl who is in her first year of high school. She […]

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Talking to teachers about your child’s needs: My Top Ten List by Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on December 9th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 1 Comment

You are a parent. You are worried about your school aged child. Perhaps your child is struggling to succeed academically. Perhaps your child has exceptional learning or health needs which you believe are not being addressed properly at school. Maybe your child is now stating, with passion, that they hate school. Perhaps your son or […]

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Making the Decision to Speak Up: Some Guiding Questions by Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on December 7th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

When it is appropriate to speak up and go on the record? When is it best to just be quiet? At face value, these questions should be relatively easy to answer. But, they are not. The decision about what to do is multi-layered, nuanced, and based on a host of factors. Advocacy takes energy, both […]

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Some thoughts on when (and when not) to speak up by Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on December 6th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 1 Comment

My husband has lived with a debilitating spinal cord injury from the age of 13. I have two sons with exceptional learning needs. My oldest son has learning disabilities, ADHD and other health issues. As you might appreciate, my role as mother and wife brings with it a veritable buffet of opportunities to advocate for […]

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