Private and Public Policy Reviews for the Disabled

May I Change the Subject?

For myself, when I am in an environment where I can say whatever I feel I need to say, that the very act of saying it changes my thinking about it. There’s nothing better to sort out thinking errors than to try to say them out loud. While I’m only thinking about something, it makes perfect sense to me.

The Oregon Zoo Revisited

A few years ago, I reviewed the Oregon Zoo. Many things have changed since then, so I offer an update. Introduction The Oregon Zoo is in Portland, Oregon in the hills over downtown in beautiful Washington Park. Washington Park is 130 acres of beautiful trees, valleys, streams, gardens, arboretums, and paths located withing walking distance […]

Systemic Discrimination

The Problems Oregon, a state that prides itself on its generosity towards protected classes, such as disabled people, has a system for disabled parking that is flawed, unfair, and largely unenforced. There are different kinds of permits, but I’m going to focus on the common, renewable parking permit that is obtainable with a doctor’s signature, […]

The First to Go (Revised)

Selling coffee is an awful excuse for blocking disabled parking.

It’s Their World Too

As a skills trainer and behavior support specialist for developmentally disabled adults, I often find myself in the community and in the company of people whose behavior is often outside the realm of what other people find comfortable. In many situations, the reactions of my customers are often overstated by social norms and draw the […]

PDX Gatherings

You can announce events you’ve already planned, or begin a discussion about planning something you’d like to do.

Sitting Bull

I used to think that some kind of seat was better than none at all. I’ve changed my mind.

Miles Wise, Hours Foolish

The implementation of the new policies based on this ridiculous question will require me to justify why I drove somewhere instead of taking the buses. To me, it’s upside-down. Given the above facts, I should be required to justify why I wasted valuable skills-training time by taking the buses.

Oregon Expands Abuse Definitions

Oregon House Bill 2442 has passed, amending Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 430.735, expanding the definition of abuse of people with developmental disabilities. This legislation, which goes into effect on January 1, 2010, adds many new definitions that could result in the investigation by Adult Protective Services (APS) of individuals and workers. Naturally, mandatory reporters will […]

Milo McIver State Park Campground

Milo McIver State Park in Oregon is a popular recreation area near the town of Estacada. The park lies along a sizeable stretch of the Clackamas River and is one of the most beautiful parks you’ll ever see. More than merely beautiful, there are diverse things to do and enjoy at the park. It boasts […]