Once upon a time in a land not so far away, there lived a brother and a sister who loved each other very much. Each day, the sister went to school and learned many new things. But her brother was not allowed to go to school because he had a disability. This saddened the girl very much. Until one day, a new law was passed that said that all little boys and girls could go to school, even if they had a disability. This made the girl very happy.
A little yellow bus picked up her brother for his first day of school. At school, the little girl could hardly sit still until it was time for recess. She ran to her brother's playground, eager to play with him, but when she got there, she was stopped...by a big metal fence. The teacher stood on the other side of the fence with the girl's brother and told her that she had to go to her own playground. The girl asked if her brother could come with her to her playground. But that wasn't allowed either. That day planted a seed of desire for a world where all people truly have the same opportunities.
Diana Pastora Carson is a teacher, author, disability rights advocate, and a consultant and speaker on inclusioin and diversity as it relates to disability. And just as she did as a child, Diana seeks to include her brother in the world.
Joaquin Carson has survived segregated education, social isolation, and lack of understanding amidst his communication attempts. The experience of being disabled by "fences" (his environment), more than his autism, continues to inspire the work of his sister. Joaquin has lived in a state institution twice in his lifetime due to mistaken judgments about his personhood and lack of dignifying responses to his existence. After 3 years of fighting for his freedom, Joaquin is finally living...in the community, in a home of his own, with loving neighbors, including his sister.
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Ed Roberts: Father of Disability Rights" Children's Book
Joaquin's story inspired Diana to look into civil rights as it relates to disability. What she discovered needed to be shared. This beautifully written and illustrated book is a must in any home, classroom, or library that values diversity and inclusion.
A Walk with Joaquin
Advocacy Through the Eyes of a Spanish-Italian
Inclusive Instructional Strategies & Accommodations
Institutional vs. Inclusive Mindset
Disability & Diversity
Ed Roberts Children's Book
Get to know Joaquin and his new life quality through videos that will bring hope to you and others. Videos are on the SteakIsComing channel on You Tube.