Sometimes it’s the supporting actors that give the best performance and steal the movie from the “star”.
Often in our family we are all bit part actors to Chelsea’s starring role (see previous) and yet this weekend was once again all about the amazing performance of the sibling stars.
Zachary went up to KL in Malaysia for the IASAS Model United Nations (MUN) Conference and came back tired but totally inspired and successful having been voted the Best Delegate of his committee (disarmament), Best Dressed and a Best Speaker. He loves the big red countries Continue reading
Posted in Children, Disability, Family, Parents
Tagged Bhutanese Refugee Education Project, charity, Chelsea, disability, family, inspiration, kids, mun, parenting, parents, siblings, special needs
Chelsea broke her wheelchair this morning - the obvious question is how but the real question is why. Continue reading
Posted in Children, Disability, Family, Personal Development
Tagged anger management, disability, disabled, morning, parenting, parents, quadriplegia, special needs
I am not sure if I had ever used or heard the word infantilize in a general conversation until last week and then suddenly it was the ‘word de jour”, as teachers and bloggers bemoaned the tendency of others to infantilize people with disablitites (pwd). Sure enough I went with the crowd and used it in a conversation with my very own pwd, clumsily and self consciously admittedly, and even then I had to explain the context to her. She just laughed at me.
Chelsea’s level of disability means that everyday she has to be cared for “like a baby”. Her physical needs demand it. But it would be a brave person who tried to put this baby in the corner. Continue reading
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Tagged disability, disability quotes, infantilize, Morgan Freeman, opinion, paintability, quadriplegic, society, special needs
great picture of the wheels on Chelsea’s wheelchair from the painting session today.
Thanks to Ms Mac.
“when you can’t hold a brush
in your hands mouth or feet,
just use your wheels and dance”
Summer went by like a fly. Summer went by so fast it was hard to tell which day was which and how many days were left. But when the real summer stopped and the nightmare of school began it was harder than ever. - by Chelsea (read more here )
Some kids can’t wait to go back to school – counting down the days from the first day of summer, and others like Chelsea have always dreaded going back. She used to worry about getting a good teacher, who she would sit next to, getting average grades and not keeping up in gym class. Now in every class she sits next to her special needs teacher (who we have known for years even though this is her first year in the role) Her grades are better than her brothers were as she points out to me every day, and gym hasn’t been on the radar since 3rd grade, so why the dread? Continue reading
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Tagged back to school, daily drama, disability, disabled child, education, inspiration, motivation, parenting, parents, quadriplegia, school, scoliosis, something to share, special needs
Turn on a TV channel pretty much anytime of the night and day and instead of NCIS you now find Masterchef. (poor Gibbs ousted by Gordon)
Currently we can watch Masterchefs US (2 seasons), Australian (2 seasons), UK professional and old episodes of the UK normal series. Each one is different in length, frequency, hosts (hmm could have good , bad and ugly just on these) and most of all the focus. And yet we love watching all of them for the following reasons: Continue reading
Some great publicity today in advance of the Dreamcatchers event on Friday at Sculpture Square. Getting some great feedback on my facebook page for the paintings which we loved but it is always good when other people like your work too.
Can’t wait for Friday to see what all the other Dreamcatchers have done.
Posted in Art, Disability, Inspiration, Singapore
Tagged art, Chelsea Fairclough, disability, disabled, disabled artist, paintability, quadrilegic, sas, Straits Times