Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon #SendMartha

By Jennie LaFortune

Representation. Voice. Choice. Achievement. Potential. Expansion. Vision. These words have been reverberating in my mind and in our cultural and spiritual conversations lately. One public discussion currently going on at Utah’s Capitol Hill centers around Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon, the first female state senator elected in the nation. She lived a textured, full life – …

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Mad Pride

By Justine Dorton

There are people in various places in my life with mental illnesses. There are a also couple of people I love with autistic children, some with ADHD, some others with various developmental delays. So it was with keen interest that I read the following article. Then, only a day later, I read this. A quick google search led me here. Both articles assert the same basic premise – I have a mental illness/autistic tendency, but I choose to embrace it as a cultural construct rather than cure it.

The argument runs similar to one in the deaf community, which states that deafness is part of a cultural identity rather than a condition to be treated.

I really don’t know how I feel about this.

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