Word Count

ANCORA IMPARO BY RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF I think readers of this magazine would nominate two words that would give “cellar door,” and “tremulous,” a run for their money. They certainly convey “comfort and the deepness of human relationships.” They are “exceptional” and “parent.” Not sure how many I used since I woke up this morning; but I just used 19 of them. I know because I counted them. That is one thing you […]

Smarty Pants

ANCORA IMPARO BY RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Exceptional Parents have always worn “exceptional clothes” and have created an awareness, a movement and a culture that will surely outlast any battery-operated “smart device.” It seems like we are surrounded, seduced and immersed with “smart” things. These days, there are “smart phones,” “smart cars,” “smart watches,” “smart homes,” “smart environments,” and even “smart clothes”! Obviously, all of these devices were imagined, designed and built by smart […]

A Slap To The Head

ANCORA IMPARO BY RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Lenny needed that slap to the head, not only for himself but to announce to his team that he was mad at himself, and that they could count on him to continue to give his all. Lenny was observed to slap his head with both open palms and grunt to himself. You could hear it across the gym. Normally, if this action was observed in an individual […]

Fluid Dynamics

ANCORA IMPARO BY RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Poop and pee are hardly strangers to Direct Support Professionals. The DSPs have to return the situation to its pre-event status and do it with dignity, respect, grace and reverence to the individual. It’s been a hot summer in the South, and virtually every part of the country has seen extraordinary higher than average temperatures. At my community agency, The Orange Grove Center, we are particularly mindful […]

You Don’t Know Jack

ANCORA IMPARO BY RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Dr. Jack Dillenberg, the founding Dean of an innovative incubated dental school in Mesa, Arizona, insisted his students had to have demonstrated a commitment to community service and an appreciation for collaborative approaches to comprehensive dental healthcare. “You don’t know Jack” is a popular expression that infers that you don’t really know what you’re talking about. “Jack” represents everyman, the common man and the average man. If […]

Rational Coefficients

ANCORA IMPARO BY RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF For most Exceptional Parents who have tried to play by the numbers in their attempt to secure the greatest opportunities for their children to succeed, the irrationality of “special needs algebra” continues to challenge them. The Scottish comedian Billy Connolly nailed it when he said, “I don’t know why I should have to learn Algebra… I’m never likely to go there.” He was right, “Algebra” is a […]

Would People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Benefit from Being Designated “Underserved”?

ANCORA IMPARO ■ RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF BY LYUBOV SLASHCHEVA, RICK RADER, MD AND STEPHEN B. SULKES, MD Despite social movements in favor of equality in health care, fiscal and political realities often lead to inequality: that is, those with the resources and skills to navigate the health care system and to access care remain well, while the “have-nots” retain an increased disease burden [1]. As Cynthia Jones proposes, such health disparities “are morally […]

Let’s Make Respect the New R-Word

ANCORA IMPARO BY RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF BY ANN COSTELLO Reprinted with Permission from the Huffington Post INTRODUCTION There is an anonymous quote, “The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it.” That serves as the perfect introduction to this month’s guest Ancora Imparo. Ann Costello is the ornament that keeps on giving. As the Executive Director of the Golisano Foundation she has been instrumental in raising the bar in the […]

Put a Lid On It

ANCORA IMPARO BY RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF There is a lesson to be learned and, in the best tradition of cross-technology, there is a place for a revised version of the “programmable content demarcated styrene lid.” I recently hosted a meeting. I am particular to the term “hosted” as related to meetings. I hate the idea of my “holding” a meeting, “convening” a meeting, “conducting” a meeting or “taking” a meeting. If truth be […]

A Memorable Place to Live

ANCORA IMPARO – RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The leading cause of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is aging. And that applies to all of us. It had to happen. It’s been in the cards all along. We’re getting older. And it now applies to all of us. The “all of us” applies to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who had historically been relegated to shorter lifespans. And while that deserves the celebratory release […]