Recent Legislation Attempting to deny voting rights to persons with different abilities

Now close your eyes and imagine that I am white.

We assess, diagnose, label some human beings as disabled, profoundly disabled, unresponsive, and or medically fragile. Each of the actions we, the powerful, articulate and controlling Survival-of-the-Fittest acolytes take speaks more to our incomplete knowledge, fears, guilt, and shame than it reveals how much we just do not know about the disabled. We do not fully understand autism, for example. Yes, we know orders of magnitude more in 2021 than we knew in 1959, when I first showed up for duty. Yet, we still do not have a complete understanding of how the autistic brain and language work for every single child on the ASD spectrum.

When the person diagnosed with autism speaks no language that we understand, we tend to make assumptions, not statements of fact, based upon research results, that they are cognitively impaired. We, the high(?)/higher(?) functioning decree and declare their mental incompetence and cognitive impairment. As a special education teacher originally licensed in k-12 Social Studies in Minnesota in the nineties, and a former LAUSD District Intern earning a dual credential ( Ed Specialist mild-to-moderate AND moderate-to-severe impairment), I say that is a textbook example of the power differential dynamic in 100% of sexual abuse and psycho emotional abuse as well.

What is uniquely concerning to me as a former teacher and social worker ( DeKalb County) in Georgia, I hear no outcry from any colleagues who are willing to either confirm or deny the statements I have made above. Because I now know, thanks to a former illegal landlord who turned out to be part of a bigger scam than housing, what it is to live in fear as a racial, gender and sexual and economic majority/minority, I wonder if they are too afraid to speak up and out for their students. Because I also was seriously flirting with an all-consuming addiction to work during my time in Georgia, I also know it is possible for individuals and entire voting blocs to be “the zombified and zoned out “. As such , I could live totally clueless without any empathy for people I only “knew” as students I was mandated to serve solely in classrooms. It was a world where being ‘different’ was far more isolating and lonely for families and learners with disabilities than in 2020–2021 school districts. Too-afraid, too legally intoxicated and distracted, and living on the edge of anarchism and chaos while intoxicated — a trifecta. Truly venal people exploit these vulnerabilities to take away the rights of the most vulnerable. Wow, just wow.

But America, are you paying any attention? All of that, at the end of the day, is one professional opinion. I want you to critique it! That will show me that you care — and that was the main reason I wrote this piece. I am wrong about this situation? Can you advocate for the legislation? I would appreciate hearing your arguements. Has it come to this America, is ad hominem character assassination and or shunning the best we now have in civic discourse ?

Take 4 deep and slow breaths. Now, When I snap my fingers, you will awake from your reverie and demand the SCOTUS permanently ban the death penalty. Thank you.

© VernonNIckersonSchoolcoach 2021. All rights reserved.

Recent Legislation Attempting to deny voting rights to persons with different abilities

Now close your eyes and imagine that I am white.

We assess, diagnose, label some human beings as disabled, profoundly disabled, unresponsive, and or medically fragile. Each of the actions we, the powerful, articulate and controlling Survival-of-the-Fittest acolytes take speaks more to our incomplete knowledge, fears, guilt, and shame than it reveals how much we just do not know about the disabled. We do not fully understand autism, for example. Yes, we know orders of magnitude more in 2021 than we knew in 1959, when I first showed up for duty. Yet, we still do not have a complete understanding of how the autistic brain and language work for every single child on the ASD spectrum.

When the person diagnosed with autism speaks no language that we understand, we tend to make assumptions, not statements of fact, based upon research results, that they are cognitively impaired. We, the high(?)/higher(?) functioning decree and declare their mental incompetence and cognitive impairment. As a special education teacher originally licensed in k-12 Social Studies in Minnesota in the nineties, and a former LAUSD District Intern earning a dual credential ( Ed Specialist mild-to-moderate AND moderate-to-severe impairment), I say that is a textbook example of the power differential dynamic in 100% of sexual abuse and psycho emotional abuse as well.

What is uniquely concerning to me as a former teacher and social worker ( DeKalb County) in Georgia, I hear no outcry from any colleagues who are willing to either confirm or deny the statements I have made above. Because I now know, thanks to a former illegal landlord who turned out to be part of a bigger scam than housing, what it is to live in fear as a racial, gender and sexual and economic majority/minority, I wonder if they are too afraid to speak up and out for their students. Because I also was seriously flirting with an all-consuming addiction to work during my time in Georgia, I also know it is possible for individuals and entire voting blocs to be “the zombified and zoned out “. As such , I could live totally clueless without any empathy for people I only “knew” as students I was mandated to serve solely in classrooms. It was a world where being ‘different’ was far more isolating and lonely for families and learners with disabilities than in 2020–2021 school districts. Too-afraid, too legally intoxicated and distracted, and living on the edge of anarchism and chaos while intoxicated — a trifecta. Truly venal people exploit these vulnerabilities to take away the rights of the most vulnerable. Wow, just wow.

But America, are you paying any attention? All of that, at the end of the day, is one professional opinion. I want you to critique it! That will show me that you care — and that was the main reason I wrote this piece. I am wrong about this situation? Can you advocate for the legislation? I would appreciate hearing your arguements. Has it come to this America, is ad hominem character assassination and or shunning the best we now have in civic discourse ?

Take 4 deep and slow breaths. Now, When I snap my fingers, you will awake from your reverie and demand the SCOTUS permanently ban the death penalty. Thank you.

© VernonNIckersonSchoolcoach 2021. All rights reserved.

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Vernon Nickerson

STOP ASSESS FACILITATE EDUCATE/EVOLVE/ EFFECT PERMANENT PEACE I Also am a minority advocate for humans choosing to be unconditionally loving. Be S.A.F.E.