“Difference- The Only thing we have in Common”

This week, enter and exit Soul Food with some puppy love!

Friday Funnies:
This link with Harley and Loa is priceless and will reset your emotional state!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88XQcpU5Vuk

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No Joke:
This is the week of World Aids Day & National Special Education Day, not just Black Friday, Cyber Monday & Giving Tuesday…
If you support a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion value system, that cares for all humans and our planet, then maybe we need to value neuro-diversity in the same way we attend to gender or racial diversity.

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“You laugh cuz you think I am different. I laugh cuz you are all the same…”

 

Neuro-Diversity:
December 2nd is the anniversary of the nation’s first federal special education law.
Before IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) according to the U.S. Department of Education, many individuals with disabilities received little to no education.
Today, states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.
If you think about it for a moment, we all have learning differences, learning styles and learning paces and it’s just a matter of degree, between you and me.
If normal is the “psychopathology of the average”, I don’t want to be normal! Don’t keep up with the Jones. The Jones are Nuts!

Deficit-based models are antiquated, injurious, demeaning and by extension limit the real potential of every person to manifest their gifts and destiny.
Industrial age educational models are defunct in the same way blood-letting is a thing of the past, and education is in dire need of reform, with innovation on the edges happening all around us, if we know where to look.

If you have kids in school, it is important you both know your rights and don’t fall prey to stigma.
Here is a great handout to help you navigate every student’s rights to accommodations and modifications so they can advocate for themselves (most don’t) and get the support they need (and is their legal right) to be successful.
This handout is thanks to Alex and Beacon College in Florida that is doing transformational work in the Ed Space!
November 2020 Newsletter – Accommodations and Modifications

 

If you prefer a strengths-based orientation, you will value The Power of Different:
In The Power of Different, psychiatrist and bestselling author Gail Saltz examines the latest scientific discoveries, profiles famous geniuses who have been diagnosed with all manner of brain “problems”—including learning disabilities, ADD, anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and Autism—and tells the stories of lay individuals to demonstrate how specific deficits in certain areas of the brain are directly associated with the potential for great talent.
Saltz shows how the very conditions that cause people to experience difficulty at school, in social situations, at home, or at work, are inextricably bound to creative, disciplinary, artistic, empathetic, and cognitive abilities.

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Thinking Diversely About Consumption Culture:
Climate activists turn attention to Black Friday: ‘Shoppers cannot ignore the climate emergency’
Young activists worldwide held hundreds of demonstrations on Black Friday to protest overconsumption and draw attention to climate change.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/11/29/black-friday-climate-strikes-protest-consumerism/4330799002/

 

Racial Diversity:
“Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words”:
Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon made famous for her refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in December 1955, is often mischaracterized as a quiet seamstress, with little attention paid to her full life story.
A new Library of Congress exhibition, “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words,” will reveal the real Rosa Parks was a seasoned activist with a militant spirit forged over decades of challenging inequality and injustice.
Here is how she came to be the person who stood up, by sitting down…
https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-19-107/rosa-parks-in-her-own-words-a-new-exhibition-offers-intimate-view-of-seminal-figures-life/2019-11-05/

9 charts to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Season:
For most Americans, these feel like bleak times. We have a president whom a majority of Americans want impeached.

Over, old-fashioned racism is publicly visible and powerful in a way it wasn’t only five years ago. Climate change is exacerbating wildfires and other natural disasters and making air in states like California nearly unbreathable.

This is all real, and truly alarming. But it would be a mistake to view that as the sum total of the world in 2019. Under the radar, some aspects of life on Earth are getting dramatically better.

But it’s not all bad news — life expectancy and literacy are up, and global poverty is down.

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/11/27/20984462/thanksgiving-poverty-health-crime-literacy-good-news

 

Back to the Lighter Side of Life…
Golden Retrievers are the Best Medicine:

Golden Retrievers are the Best Medicine

Golden retrievers are one of the most famous and loved dog breeds in the world. Originally used for hunting, these pooches were raised to retrieve game, but their loyalty and lovable nature won people over. These days, golden retrievers are part of the family, rather than working dogs, and as you can see in the following pictures, there are! good reasons for that.

1.. They have been known to fall asleep ANYWHERE

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2. And ANYTIME

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3. The simplest things can confuse them

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4.. And they’re clumsy

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5. But their smile brightens your day

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6. Their playfulness captures your heart

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7. Their sheer joy makes you alive

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8. And their sense of humor is oddly cute

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9. They get into the silliest trouble

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10. Did I mention they confuse easily?

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11. And clumsy?

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12. They pretend they’re rugs

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13. But will NEVER skip a meal

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14. Well, if they can get it…

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15. And they will always have your back

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16. BYE!

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Thanks this week go to Larry H, Alexander M-W and the dedicated team at Beacon College, and every one of you standing up for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion!

Pay it forward
Love,
Neville

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“Difference- The Only thing we have in Common”

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