If you are not on Twitter, you should be. And if you are on Twitter, you should be following Debbie, aka MissShuganah.
"But when you take care of someone, and they cannot speak and they came from you, concentration is everything. I have always had to work harder at figuring out what she needed. I was determined to figure it out. I remember looking deep into her eyes. Almost as if I were connecting soul to soul. You’d think that when a woman carries a being for close to nine months, it’s second nature. But it’s not, especially early on. There is no common language. She was and remains my beautiful mystery." (Comes via Fumbling About In The Dark – My Beautiful Mystery)
MissShuganah remains somewhat of a mystery to me, but in some ways, even though we’ve never met, she’s just like me. We’re both parents. We are both on Twitter. We are both educators. We both care about our children. But most importantly, we both want peace in the world. And after reading some of her blog posts, I realized that she is the mother of a child with special needs.
One of Miss Shuganah’s blog posts opens with this: Sherlock Holmes said to Watson, "you see but you do not observe."
Debbie’s blog, Fumbling About in the Dark, is provocative and sheds light on the issues of children with special needs, mainstreaming, and how – WE – as parents, educators, and administrators, handle (or don’t handle) differences. After reading many of her tweets, I also realized there is so much to learn. There’s an entire world of people who may be challenged with physical disabilities, but do not want to be categorized as such.
Debbie is a true champion in her own right. No too long ago, I posted a tweet, whereby I was interested in finding authors who had disabilities, but were not writers of their disabilities. I hope that makes sense.
This was sparked because of my W.A.R. series and the myriad of people who have graced this blog. In many ways they have been shut out because of their respective (forgotten) places in the literary world. It prompted me to reflect on others who have been left out.
When I sent the tweet out, I could only recall Helen Keller as an author who despite her disabilities, wrote books. I wanted to learn more, so that was the purpose behind my tweet.
Debbie came through (as always), and provided me with great resources to get me started.
Here’s how a few of our tweets unfolded…uncensored.