I've been away from the blog (and website in general) for a bit as I've been focused on dealing with flare-ups of some of my chronic health\disability issues. This is something that I've been struggling to figure out how to live with it--having certain disabilities (for example, a chronic illness such as IBD (ulcerative colitis and\or Chron's) necessarily means having healthier times and not sicker times, so how does one maintain a long term project, such as a blog or website? Most writing advice (actually, all the writing advice I've ever come across) consists of truisms such as "write every day" and "you can write every day, you just have to make it a priority." I long for role models who live in a real world punctuated by medical crises!
The content on this website mostly comes from my perspective as a youth services librarian with disabilities. The further I travel along life's road, the more entwined these two parts of my identity become. Librarian: I have an MLS from Rutgers University and have working in public libraries for nearly 20 years. The focus on my career has always been youth services. Disabled: I've been disabled more than twice as long as I've been a librarian. My experience started at birth when I was immediately diagnosed with cleft palate. Also present was a non-verbal learning disability (NLD) for short. This was not formally diagnosed until I was 19, leading to years of frustration. My Tourette Syndrome was not present at birth, but surely started young as I don't ever remember living without it. The Tourette was also not diagnosed until adulthood, further compounding my frustration. Coincidentally, I was also diagnosed with IBD (more commonly known as Chron's\Ulcerative Colitis) at the age of 19. That was another easy diagnosis--as with cleft palate, they look and they see it.