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Texas Leg: SB 226, the death penalty for a capital offense committed by a person with an intellectual disability

SB 226 is a new bill being considered by the 84th Texas Legislature regarding the appropriateness of the death penalty for persons with intellectual disability. Before we discuss the details of the proposed bill, we will briefly review the history of the death penalty in the US and how it currently functions in 2015. 904 more words


What You Really Told Me When You Said Retard

Language is powerful.  What we say and how we say it has impact. I love someone with a disability.  I know how language can be respectful and uplifting and how it can degrade and demean.   558 more words

I'm not going to force him to be nice to people….and there's a reason for that.

(A big thanks to Nykie of Mistral Photography for these beautiful photos of Wade!)

Recently Wade’s communication has been really taking off, and with it has come a new sense of independence and knowledge about what he likes and doesn’t like. 1,643 more words

Down Syndrome

Over the summer, I did a 8 week sexuality class with middle school students with autism (3 boys and 3 girls).  I’ve posted each lesson from the curriculum, but I thought I’d link all the posts together so you could get to them in one place.  87 more words


Intellectual disability and sexual consent.

Do people of diminished intellectual capacity have the ability to be give consent within the confines of a sexual relationship? Asks Sarah O’Brien.

In a 2002 landmark case, the U.S Supreme court ruled that executing intellectually challenged people was ‘unconstitutional’.  477 more words


A cause for some forms of intellectual disability?

Seven genes for X-linked intellectual disability: New mutations on the X chromosome from Science Daily

An extract

‘Date: February 13, 2015

Source: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

Summary: X-linked intellectual disability is a disorder that predominantly affects men and can have highly variable clinical manifestations. 47 more words


Australian Cross Disability Alliance.

The decision fund the alliance is a timely one and is one that steps back from the workfare policies initiated by the Howard government and perpetuated by Rudd and Gillard. 75 more words