So, there's this 25-year old woman named Georgia Knoll with Down syndrome in Australia who dreamed of being a flight attendant and her sister (don't we just love sisters?) took a video of her one day when she was practicing "all of the right moves of a bona fide flight attendant".
She tagged a few companies just to see what would happen and Jetstar, an Australian airline, played along. They allowed to her play the role of a flight attendant on a 600-mile flight. She greeted passengers, assisted with the safety demonstration and serve passengers.
She inspired passengers and her "fellow crew" with her upbeat, positive attitude and can-do spirit. A dream fulfilled. Let's see what she does next!
Take the decision I read in this article, please.
Judge Jorge Alonso of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division decided that, when it comes to girls' bathrooms and locker rooms and showers, "girls have no right to "visual bodily privacy". The ruling applies only to transgender students who identify as a gender that is different from their biological status.
However, students who are not transgender need to use the bathroom appropriate for their gender.
Boys who claim they are girls can use a girls' bathroom, locker room or shower. Yeah, no problem there.
Common sense suggests that perhaps transgender students should use the bathroom in the nurse's office or other such location so that students using their own gender bathrooms, showers or locker rooms do not experience humiliation, shame, and anxiety.
Such a mixed message. We teach our girls and boys, for that matter, to be modest, discrete, respectful, dignified and to protect themselves against humiliation and shame and yet, "policies" put them in a position of having no say over these tender feelings.
I bring this matter to your attention for another reason. If you don't know who the people are in that voting pamphlet you get at election time, make it your business to find out who they are and what they stand for, otherwise you get this kind of decision.
My Father (cap intended) was insistent that all of us vote in every election, including library elections. He was adamant that what goes on in a community eventually goes on in the nation as a whole. Wow! Was he right, or what?
Be an informed member of the voting community. Your children's lives will depend on your choices.
Cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis, like polio decades ago, increase in summer and fall, so it's on the rise again.
This article tells you some of the latest "descriptive" information "in a nutshell", but I strongly encourage you to keep the CDC pages at the ready. Consult this one and this one. Why?
Because if your child has a cold and wakes up one day and can't move her thumb correctly, you need to take action immediately. The only treatments, which are haphazard, at best, include "steroids, antiviral medication, antibiotics and a blood-cleansing process" (chelation), but there's no clear evidence that they work.
You know what I say...don't just stand there, do something.
The CDC is working as fast as it can, but there are just no answers yet. Please tell other parents to be vigilant.
And, just because executive functioning is critical to a successful life, let me throw this one in...
Here's my ADHD tutorial...print it out, mark it up...be prepared to help your kid, your spouse, yourself. In fact, go to DrClaudia.net and key in "ADHD" in the search bar and go crazy...
I found that being an effective advocate for someone you love with ADHD or even an advocate for yourself starts with knowledge.
Just do the best you can,
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