Kathie Snow: Disability is Natural
Kathie Snow is an author, public speaker, trainer, and consultant. Her interest in disability issues was born in 1987 with the birth of her son, Benjamin, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at four months.
Before that, she had no knowledge or experience in the disability field. Like most parents, she was bewildered and somewhat frightened; and, like most parents, she eagerly entered the world of disability services and interventions. She listened to what doctors recommended, she went along with all of the therapies.
She was convinced that if some was good, then more was better. Home became a therapy clinic. The professionals told her what a great mom she was (presumably because she was doing what they told her to do!!!)… but then, when she started saying "no" to "more therapy," she became a non-compliant parent.
When Benjamin was three, Kathie participated in the Texas Partners in Policymaking program. That experience was life changing. She learned many valuable life lessons, especially from the self advocates. She discovered that families could enjoy regular lives. She didn't want a "special" life anymore for her family; she just wanted an ordinary life. When Benjamin was six, he decided he didn't want his life consumed with therapies anymore and called it quits.
The third edition of Kathie's book, Disability is Natural, Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities, has just recently been released.
- Diagnosis Does Not Define a Person
- Think Positively and Dream for Your Children
- Listen to the Voices of the Real Experts
- "Enough Therapy, I Quit." Getting Out of the Disability World
- Fallacy of Medical Model and Developmental Model
- Inclusion is Natural, Segregation is Artificial
- Prejudice in Society and the Benefits of Inclusion
- Entering College
- Preparation for Postsecondary Education
- The Downside of Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Adult Life and Living
- Getting in Shape Like Everyone Else
- Family Swimming vs. Water Therapy
- Speak About People First Language
- Minority Groups and Owning the Language
- What Has Been the Impact of Partners in Policymaking®?
- Know Your History
- People With Disabilities as Leaders
- The 21st Century is Here
- The Challenge of Services vs. Inclusion
- I Was Born Included