ANCORA IMPARO BY RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF If Pac-Man is indeed the unofficial game of exceptional parents, then the battle cry of their movement will always be “paku-paku;” as they munch and gobble up anyone who stands in the way of inclusion, acceptance and respect. Rick Riordan is an American novelist who hit it big with his 2005 novel The Lightning Thief, the first installment in the five volume Percy Jackson series. Riordan came […]


The Ghosts of Forest Haven

ANCORA IMPARO BY DAVID ERVIN ■ GUEST COLUMNIST In the 21st Century, only 15 States in the U.S. are institution free. Meaningful self-determination for people who happen to have disabilities remains elusive. My career is littered with most extraordinary examples of the best luck imaginable. Several months before graduating with what I firmly believed to be an extraordinarily impressive undergraduate degree in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, I’d made the fateful decision that I […]


From Here to There But Not Back Again

ANCORA IMPARO BY RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Embarking on a journey of discovery with a close friend describes this editorial. I am dedicating this month’s editorial real estate to present, in his own words, David’s journey. Sue Hubbell is a celebrated writer who wrote A Country Year, Shrinking the Cat and Waiting for Aphrodite. In 2004, a collection of her essays was published with the title From Here to There and Back Again. The […]


Face to Face

ANCORA IMPARO BY RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The secret to the joys and rewards of supporting individuals with special needs is best shared by Dejan Stojanovic: “For a moment at least, be a smile on someone else’s face.” When I was in college I always had two well-worn, dog-eared books close by. One was the Workshop Manual for my 1953 MG roadster which seemed to always announce that its most current ailment could be […]