Fact Checking Iceland’s 100% Down Syndrome Termination Rate

There’s been a lot of talk in the media this year regarding the so-called Icelandic 100% Down syndrome termination rate.  It first came to my attention during the Sally phillip’s documentary, ‘A World without Downs’. Though the documentary was on the whole rather excellent, it did stray into the sensational at times. Lately, it’s beenRead more

Summer Camp Milestone

This week I’m thankful for celebrating a new milestone. Mini spent all this week at a local GAA summer camp. For those of you outside Ireland, GAA stands for the Gaelic Athletic Association. It has given us two indigenous sports-Gaelic football, which is a cross between rugby and football and hurling, which is played withRead more

A Love Letter to the Galway Arts Festival

I adore Galway at this time of year, or festival season as we locals call it. I know if might seem to outsiders as if every time of the year is festival season in Galway but July is when it really kicks off here. Starting with the Film Fleadh and ending with the Galway RacesRead more

First Mainstream School Year-A Report

Apple on top of books on teacher's desk

8 months ago to the day, I sat at our kitchen table in a state of despair. Schoolbooks, pencils, colours and copies piled all around me. Their intended user was in the playroom with her sister concerning herself with everything but the items she was supposed to be using. I was trying to rev myself up for theRead more