Institutionalization has always had a negative connotation. It evokes pictures of mistreated, neglected patients who are housed outside the public eye because of their inability to conform to social standards. This image was particularly heartbreaking for parents who were overwhelmed by their children’s needs and behaviors but still deeply cared about their futures. It was […]
Our nation’s doctor, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, spoke to the Developmental Disabilities Conference at UCSF on Thursday. Her topic was Making a Difference through Prevention, highlighting how the President’s Health Care Act emphasizes preventative care. She sited her supportive stance on the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative, tackling the obesity epidemic in children. She […]
U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, is confirmed to speak at the 10th annual Developmental Disabilities Conference sponsored by University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) on March 10th. As the national spokesperson for health care in America, this is a unique opportunity to hear her address the needs of this population. I will be interested […]
I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. Don’t get me wrong; I am a goal-setter extraordinaire. But there is just something about this annual tradition of making a commitment to change, which nearly always ends in failure, that I avoid at all costs.
However, this year I am making the goal to focus on some of the […]
I have vivid memories of the holiday season from my childhood. From the time the Sears Roebuck catalog arrived at our home, I scoured the toy section, looking for ideas for my Christmas list. With pencil and paper in hand, I would print each item along with a detailed description so Santa would know exactly […]
I just finished another successful Thanksgiving holiday with my family, so please indulge me as I reflect on a few things for which I am thankful. I have spent the last few months scrutinizing health care provision for the developmentally disabled, which has shed a new light on that for which I take for granted.
- I […]