Quote of the moment

"I have to tell it again and again: I have no doctrine. I only point out something. I point out reality, I point out something in reality which has not or too little been seen. I take him who listens to me at his hand and lead him to the window. I push open the window and point outside. I have no doctrine, I carry on a dialogue." Martin Buber

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Other resources from Enable

Other resources in pdf:

* A Handbook on Mainstreaming Disability by VSO
* Indicators for Monitoring the Millennium Development Goals
* Include everybody.org
* Delivering on the Global Partnership for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals
* The Millennium Development Goals Report 2008

Research on Human Rights, Voluntary Service, and Disability in Chile

Resources (in Spanish) from Comunidad Organizaciones Solidarias

See: http://tinyurl.com/po7wys

* Estudio Nacional de Voluntariado 2006, Fundación Trascender y Collect GFK FTrascenderChileVoluntarios.pdf

* Estudio Comparativo del Sector Sin Fines de Lucro, Chile, Universidad Johns Hopkins. Estudio comparativo del sector sin fines de lucro.pdf

* Tercer estudio de maltrato infantil 2006, Unicef. EstudioUnicef2006paraconsejosocial.ppt

* Convención Internacional para los Derechos de las personas con discapacidad, 2006.doc

* Convención Internacional para los Derechos de las personas con discapacidad, Resumen 2006.doc

* 2004 Primer Estudio Nacional de la Discapacidad.pdf

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chile should tout its passage to first world

BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER/aoppenheimer@MiamiHerald.com
By the end of this year, Chile is likely to become the first South American country to join the exclusive club of the world's 30 richest countries. Yet, amazingly, you don't see Chileans jumping for joy, nor presenting themselves to their neighbors as a model nation.

According to officials from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Paris-based institution that groups the world's wealthiest democracies, Chile may be officially accepted as a full member at its Dec. 18 meeting.

The OECD is waiting for the Chilean Congress to pass three pending measures to fully adhere to the organization's tax information exchange and corporate governance standards. Chilean officials hope the pending measures will be passed by December.
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Chile's coming presidential election: Winds of change | The Economist

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Rattan Shopping on Side of Road in Chimbarongo



South from Santiago is Chimbarongo where rattan furniture and baskets are sold. We were surprised to find only a few stalls open --perhaps because it really isn't the tourist season or perhaps it's just too cold to be weaving the canes.

We decided to go off the main road to see if we could discover other shops in towards the little towns. After getting lost and finding nothing else we were delighted to discover a home marked "fabrica de mimbre" or rattan factory. We went up to the house a little perplexed as it seemed they were also the neighborhood mechanic and were busy fixing trucks in their back yard. We ventured forward anyway and knocked on the door. A young boy opened it and invited us in to see their meager inventory. We purchased a couple of small baskets for the inconvenience of answering our knock. As we were about to leave we mentioned our desire to find furnature made of rattan.

We were then invited to visit his brother's house on the other side of the garage filled with trucks in various states of repair. So off we went, walking in the ditch next to the road past the garage and into the yard to the brother's house. Our knocking was answered by the brother who lead us into his studio. There we saw wonderfully made pieces, many done with great intricacy. He assured us he could make anything we want in any design. After browsing his catalog we delighted in our find and will be returning soon with our designs for a table and side chairs.

Entering the T-zone-MallSport, Santiago, Chile

MallSport: Every sportsman, woman, and child's dream mall. It's especially designed for those of the testosterone-set.

Unfortunately there was a two hour wait for Andy to get into the bubbles and walk on water. And yes they allow anyone young or old to play in the bubbles. This is a place that our daughter and our neighbor would walk into and never leave!


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Our photos:


From YouTube:
Here we go surfin' Santiago!


Skateboard Park in MallSport

Wall Writers at Work


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Reading the Writing on the Wall



I am struck by graffiti that I have noticed in my travels here in Chile. Captured here are a couple sayings that caught my eye this weekend while on the road to Santa Cruz. Living in the states in my upper middle class neighborhood it was always something to frown about. In fact as a schoolteacher in an east LA area, one of our duties as staff was to alert the custodian to any new found gang tags on the school walls so he could whitewash the wall before the first bell.

Clifford Geertz (1973), in his first chapter in The Interpretation of Cultures describes an ethnographer is to aim is to observe, record, and analyze a culture. Given that "..man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun," our charge in viewing new cultures is to "an interpretive one in search of meaning" accomplished by utility of a "thick description" in order to see all the possible meanings. This requires delving deeper into a culture to discover all the possible contextual nuances within the various aspects and practices of a culture.

At this juncture I can only provide a “thin description” here as I have not looked deeper yet into the life of Chileans. And this is after all, only two out of many examples across the country. My goal is to document others along my pathways both in “dichos” and pinturas. I am excited at the prospect of constructing a “thicker” understanding as my stay in Chile progresses.

C. Geertz and Thick Description Resources
Thompson W.B. (March 2001). Policy making through thick and thin: Thick description as a methodology for communications and democracy. Policy Sciences, Volume 34, Number 1, pp. 63-77(15) [See: http://tinyurl.com/nz75d3 ]

Joe L. Kincheloe, Kecia Hayes (Eds.)(2005) Graffiti as a political act. Metropedagogy: Power, Justice and the Urban ClassroomGraffiti as a Political Act
http://tinyurl.com/Graffiti-as-a-Political-Act

Thursday, July 23, 2009

In Case of Fire... it's as easy as ABC -1, 2, 3

With thanks to the Ex-pats who have been sheparding me through these last few weeks:

Emergency numbers when in Chile I'm told to remember A,B,C - 1,2,3.
Ambulance is 131,
Bomberos (Firemen) is 132, and
Carabinieros (Police) is 133 (...and they are called Carabinieros because they carry carbine rifles)

Why ET Will Never Be Able to Phone Home from Chile

Sheez you REALLY HAVE TO WANT TO MAKE A PHONE CALL if you plan to call any one!
There will be no just pick up the phone dial the number and say Hola!
It all depends upon what KIND of phone YOU have and what kind of phone THE PERSON YOU CALL HAS.

Heavens help me if there's an emergency! Haven't figured out 911 yet or 411. But I did find a yellow-book

1. Calling from a Land-based phone to a Cellular phone: Dial 09, then the cell # prefix (7, 8 or 9) and the 7 digit number.
2. Calling from a Cellular to a Land-base phone: Dial 02 plus the 7 digit number
3. Calling from a Cellular to a Cellular: Dial cell prefix (7, 8 or 9) plus 7-digit number
4. Land/based phone to land-based phone: Dial the 7 digit number (unless it is out of Santiago, in which case you will need the "city code")

A postscript:
In looking about I discovered All About Chile's Wikki that offers good directions too. "Oh! and not to confuse things any more...," (said my expat-wife friend) I find out that her cell phone prefix is 6-- a new number not mentioned any where.!
http://tinyurl.com/phones-chile

On the Road From Valapariso to Algarrobo, Chile



Leaving Valipariso to Algarrobo, Chile. The cemetery, prison, and ramshackled town all had the best views of the coastline. We discovered that when the road on the map has a gap in it, it's not a typo/misprint...there just is no more road.

Vina Del Mar, Chile



Vina Del Mar, Chile. July 19
After a rainy, drizzly morning we arrived at Vina Del Mar in time for lunch. Of course Andy wanted McDonald's-- and he found one! We took Samson with us on this trip. The four of us enjoyed a wonderful carriage ride about the bay and into the boarding streets. The driver allowed me to ride with him in the driver's seat for a better view.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Valparaíso, Chile- Naval Center, Old Town




Valpariso, Chile. July 19, 2009: We took a trip to the coast on Saturday. Pictures show the Naval Center (I'm not sure exactly its official name) in the center of town.
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Why It's So Hard to Concentrate in Chile

While I found reading Unesco's 2009 Education For All Global Monitoring Report interesting ... it was quite a challenge to do so today--the day after it snowed in the Andes. Suppose I could have moved my computer to a back room, but then what would be the point in that? So I decided to live with the beautiful distraction of snow capped mountains. Y por eso hay mañana!



Monday, July 20, 2009

On the Hunt for a Cheeseburger in Santiago and Starbucks

Travels with my son, Andy, means there must be a cheeseburger stop within the itinerary, while a nice macchiato from Starbucks would do the trick for me. I am thrilled to say that I have made a wonderful contact here, Rev. Shana Harrison who will be introducing me to a parent of a young woman with disabilities -- at Starbucks! Yes Virginia, (and the 49 other states, D.C. and U.S. Territories) there are Carmel Machhiatos in Chile!
See: http://tinyurl.com/Starbucks-Santiago

Now finding that ever elusive often sung about Cheeseburger in Paradise..well that's another matter. It seems that the cheese of choice here is not a robust cheddar or the maligned American, but rather mozzarella!

We took a trip up Cerro San Critobal: http://www.parquemet.cl/
And of course we had to stop for lunch-- consisting of Cheeseburger. Imagine our joy when we Andy saw it listed on the menu. His joy was quickly tempered by confusion.. stating that what had was not cheeseburger! Rather it was a pizza in a hamburger bun!




Monday, July 13, 2009

Down syndrome in Santiago

I have been a long time advocate for individuals with disabilities. My young adult son joins me on this trip. Andy has Down syndrome. I've only been in the country for one week. I've noticed curb cuts on the corners, but many of the paths in my upper middle class neighborhood do not allow easy access for people who use wheel chairs. I've encountered mostly elderly people taking an afternoon stroll pushed by their maids. The malls appear rather accommodating, though some of the smaller stores still lack wide pathways.

I looked on line for information on life for individuals with disabilities while in the USA but could not find anything regarding individuals with intellectual disabilities. I wonder if that is a result of searching on USA's Google as I have finally found some sources here while online through Chile's internet connections. Doing a search once again but here in Chile proves to be a bit more fruitful.

Curious happenstances: our head doorman shares he's an uncle to a young lady with DS. Next we bump into a retired Administrator of a Special Education school in Chile who resides in our building. Now I'm set with a couple of addresses and contacts.

I will be building up links and connections as I continue my stay here.

Resources via Google.cl web
and
National Down Syndrome Congress
Diversity Outreach Resource Coordinator
National Down Syndrome Congress
1370 Center Drive, Suite 102
Atlanta, GA 30338


Inclusion International
http://www.inclusion-international.org/
Mr. Enrique Norambuena, President
Physical Address:
Av. Manuel Montt 2051, Providencia, Santiago
Region: Inclusion Interamericana
Country: Chile
Tel: (56-2) 2055990
Fax: (56-2) 2256731
E-mail: sitiodiscapacidad@adsl.tie.cl


Corporación de Ayuda al NiÒo Limitado (COANIL)
Coanil is a foundation of private and nonprofit, which we welcome and educate children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the country. Through our centers, we deliver the tools to integrate them into a society in which they are also actors. Our main motivation is to encourage the full potential of each of the people who come to our centers to provide in this way to experience a quantum leap in their quality of life and his self.
[Last updated Tuesday, March 6, 2007]
Contact Name: Sr. Ricardo Gutiérrez Gatica, Presidente
Physical Address:
Sede Central, Julio Prado 1761 Ñuñoa. Santiago
Region: Inclusion Interamericana
Country: Chile
Tel: +56-2-4768500
Fax: +56-2-2255314
E-mail: comunicaciones@coanil.cl
Website: http://www.coanil.cl

Fundación Crescendo
Crescendo is a Foundation initiative that is taking from "The Hope" which was the establishment of a home and a workshop for adults with intellectual disabilities and multiple disabilities for nearly 6 years. We had and we believe that what these people need is not just a shelter where they spend most of their day, but also a place in which to generate and strengthen the links between them, where to learn to respect, support, love and understand the meaning of progress in community building and, together with the personal growth of each.
Director: Shana Harrison: http://tinyurl.com/Shana-Harrison
http://www.crescendo.cl/

RESOURCES FOR DOWN SYNDROME:

Centro Down de Viña del Mar (SENDAS)
12 Norte 934
Viña del Mar, Chile
56 32 297 5542
Michelle Abbot
E-mail: sendasdownchile@yahoo.com

Corporación de Educación y Salud para Niños con Síndrome de Down (EDUDOWN)
San Martín 405.
San Bernardo, Chile
56 02 856 3830
Andrea Miranda
E-mail: contacto@edudown.cl
www.edudown.cl

Chilean Foundation for Down syndrome
Fundación Complementa Síndrome de Down
San Enrique 14470
Lo Barnechea, Chile
56 2 217 5751
E-mail: complementa@complementa.cl
http://www.complementa.cl/
Is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and facilitating the inclusion of porsonas with Down syndrome or similar educational challenges.
It is a foundation that brings together moms and dads who work in conjunction with an interdisciplinary group of professionals.
Las Verbenas 8935,
Las Condes.
Fono / Fax: 2116404

Chilean Foundation for Down syndrome, complement, is a private nonprofit created by a group of parents in December 1991 with the purpose of conducting an educational project for people with Down Syndrome and their families.

The fundamental objective of supplements is to develop an individual plan of life to enhance and develop their skills, psycho-emotional aspects, intellectual and motor skills to express their full potential.

Through educational programs and the establishment of a close relationship with parents, are expected to maximize their independence, personal development and a good family and social integration as smooth as possible.

Sueño y Esperanza Down
Avenida Granadero # 4315
Villa Ayquina
Calama -II Región-Chile
56 55 338 528
Leticia Gallardo
E-mail: agrupacion_down@hotmail.com

Up is Down
56 4737 1100
E-mail: downisup@fibertel.com.ar

Futuro 21. La Nueva Generación
Salas 563
Concepción, Chile
56 41 317 6635
Ximena Rocco
Email: contacto@futuro21.cl
www.futuro21.cl

Exceptional Foundation
http://www.excepcionales.cl
This foundation emerged in 2000, the eaves of three marriages, parents of children with Down syndrome, to facilitate the process of inclusion of people with this condition or educational difficulties similar in both families and schools.
See: Lanza Web de Niños con Síndrome de Down
http://www.chile.com/tpl/articulo/detalle/ver.tpl?cod_articulo=65339


Corp Educacion Y Salud Para El Sindrome De Down
Calle Gral Del Canto, 105, Of 706 Santiago
Providencia, Santiago
(0)2 235 3

Stray Dogs in Chile


One of the very curious things about Chile is the stray dog problem. They are all over the region, in the parks, on the streets, hanging out with the vendors. Each waiting to catch the eye of a passer-by as though to say, "Perhaps that one would be kind enough to offer food, this one will give a smile, will he pet me or maybe give me a home?" They are really incredible animals. While some are very ragged, others look as though they may be trying out to be the next Tramp in a Disney casting call. Most seem sweet and loving, just minding their own business.
I saw my first one on the way in from the airport, stranded on a freeway overpass hugging the flyover's wall hoping not to be hit by our car or those behind us. Most seem to have street smarts. They even seem to know to wait for the green light before crossing city streets. They are curious about Sam when I walk him on the streets yet have not bothered him or acted aggressively towards him. But to be safe I pick him up when we walk near any of them.

They remain pack animals. However, curiously enough they form packs not within their species, but rather within the mobs of people moving down the busy city walkways. One dog managed to catch our eye while I was walking one morning with new found friends. We were quite a pack ourselves, five of us expat ladies walking the neighborhood in the morning rush hour trying to learn more of our new surroundings. The dog fell right in step and remained with us the whole hour of our morning jaunt. When we returned back to our starting point it was apparent we would return to our homes --without him. The dog's look when he realized he would not receive a handout or a home resembled the look given so often by homeless men I've passed on the streets of the USA when it becomes apparent that there will be no money for their cups this time.

See:

Save the strays http://www.iachile.com/what-is-save-the-strays/

VALPARAÍSO´S STRAY DOGS DISCONCERTING FOR TOURISTS

Views From Our Balcony

Getting use to city living has been OK with views such as these of Santiago's Las Condes:







Flying the Friendly Skies with Samson to Santiago

What luck that Samson is a Maltese weighing barely 5 pounds and could fit nicely under the seat in his carrier. Were he my daughter's Rottweiler our story would be of a tale with a different end.

First the only airline that would take Sam as a carry-on was Delta. Second Delta would ONLY take carry-on pets as it was too cold for them to go on as cargo in July. Yes good things do come in small packages. Delta only required our stamped official paper work. However, the attendant at the counter spent more time going over his dosier than she did with our passports and identification check.

Once we got past the counter check in the rest was smooth sailing. Sam traveled in style in his Sherpa carrier with wheels. I did get reminded when I took him out to stretch his legs that I could be ticketed (?!) for having him out of his carrier. That was strictly forbidden. Though in reality no one really bothered about it.

As of May 2009 all airports are to have dog rest stops available for dogs to relieve themselves. THANK YOU JUSTIN DART AND ADA! This change in law came about to accommodate individuals who use service animals and travel. The only problem with that is NO ONE in the two airports I was in (Dulles and Atlanta) had any clue about the law or more importantly where the rest stops were! Memo to self...be sure to bring the map of the airports indicating doggy rest stops the next time.

See: Airport Doggy Stops
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31189966
http://www.dogjaunt.com/guides/airport-pet-relief-areas/
http://www.petfriendlytravel.com/?page=airports
http://www.airlines.org/customerservice/passengers/Air+Travel+for+Your+Pet.htm

Just to be on the safe side I also had tucked away potty training papers in his carrier taking him into the ladies' restroom right along with me.

It also helped to have a zippered nylon travel cup and food container to offer him food and water when he needed. All food had to be thrown away prior to going through customs though as it is prohibited to bring in any food.

Chile Dog- Gringo Style




Traveling with a dog to Chile for the first time can be a bit daunting and anxiety producing. The greatest difficulty is to be assured that all paperwork required is filled out correctly, signed by the necessary people, and stamped by the correct authorities, all within the 10 day window of time allowed. The trick is not to do this during a holiday. Also it is important to have the correct government forms. There are websites that offer to sell forms travel forms "required/recommended" for entry into a foreign country. Do not fall for those. The only good form is the official bureaucratic form from the country.

What follows is the recipe for a semblance of success in traveling with a pet to Chile and lessons learned.

Ingredients for making a “Chile Dog”

1. One healthy animal: Micro-chipped, vaccinated, without endo- and ecto-parasites (de-wormed and treated for fleas)
2. Lots of official papers: USDA APHIS Form 7001, officially known as "United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals.”
3. Perfect timing
4. Lots of patience

Timing is critical

Be sure to plan well in advance so that your paperwork will be done in time for your shipping/departure date.

Chile requires that pets be identified by microchip. This step should be done well in advance of your trip.

Make certain your licensed veterinarian has access to the required U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) health certificate issued. The APHIS Form 7001 is the current official health certificate form comprised of six layers of carbon papers that must be signed by a licensed veterinarian in the USA and include the veterinarian's license number. Forms printed 8/2001 (date found at bottom of form) were in use as of July 2009. This certificate shall contain your name and address, and complete identification of your pet (name, breed, sex and age).

You may send your paperwork by mail or courier along with a rabies certificate, the appropriate fee for service, and a self-addressed stamped envelope or a pre-paid Federal Express envelope (if you are short of time) for return to you. THE FORMS MAY NOT BE FAXED. Some veterinarians may take care of this for you. Ask before mailing examination statements yourself. AND BE SURE YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT:

• TIME TO MAIL THE FORMS,
• HAVE THEM ARRIVE,
• BE PROCESSED,
• ASSURE YOU HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION INCLUDED CORRECTLY,
• RETURNED TO REDO IF NECESSARY
• SIGNED AND STAMPED BY THE USDA VET
• RETURNED BACK TO YOU BEFORE THE TIME RUNS OUT.

The certificate must state clearly your pet(s) were examined within 10 days prior to departure and found to be free of any infectious diseases. It should also clarify that your pet was vaccinated against rabies, which was administered no greater than 12 months and no sooner than 30 days prior to departure.

As a rule, the rabies vaccination certificate, which should include date of vaccination, product name and serial number, must accompany the health certificate. Details of your pet's treatment against endo- and ecto-parasites will also be there in the documents. MAKE SURE YOUR VET TREATS THE ANIMAL FOR WORMS AND FLEAS, even if YOU have been doing it in the past.

Sammy’s Story

In Sammy’s case our time ran out. Because I am returning with my dog I wanted to make sure that his medical check would remain valid within the time frame of our trip, so I made my appointment within three days before my departure date. But I forgot that Saturday was Fourth of July, which meant that Friday was a holiday and Thursday was get-out-of-town-early day. Which meant I had to drive with the APHIS form and Vetinary Certificate of Rabies Vaccination in hand to personally deliver them to the nearest U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) then wait to be officially signed by the federal USDA veterinary—in Richmond, Virginia 75 miles away first thing in the morning.

Being the good pet owner and knowing that Sam had to be without bugs inside and out I went ahead and gave him his monthly treatment of flea killer. WRONG. The Vet could not verify that I had done the procedure, as it was not under her direction or watch. And she forgot to include that data on the APHIS 7001 form! This almost meant the end of our trip before it started. The USDA Vet under extensive consultation and multiple phone calls finally decided that with a letter- and yes this one could be faxed—that described Sam’s condition upon examination, microchip number, her examination procedure and results all would be fine. The only problem my Vet was on the road to care for an ailing horse and had to be called to return to the office to accomplish this – all before noon when the USDA’s office planned to start their 4th of July weekend. Frantic calls to her were successful. It was certainly a Tum’s moment.

Once you arrive in Chile, your pet may be under official observation for a period of at least 30 days. For pet certificates, Chile indicates that APHIS endorsement is required in every health certificate when a declaration is made that the rabies vaccine is in effect.

Your pet may enter Chile as passenger's checked baggage, in cabin or as cargo. Live animals to be transported to Easter Island (IPC) require a sanitary certificate issued by the "Sociedad Agricola Ganadera" (SAG). You must remember that if requirements are not met, your pets will be retained upon arrival.

The SAG official stated that I had to get a Chilean Vet to verify Sammy is still healthy in order to return… stay tune for that saga.

The offices closest to the Washington, DC, area are:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS)
Veterinary Services
1598 Whitehall Rd., Suite #A
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 349-9708 or (301) 261-8072

If the veterinarian is accredited in Virginia, mail to:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS)
Veterinary Services
Federal Building
400 N. 8th St, 7th Floor
Richmond, VA 23240
Tel: (804) 343-2560 Fax: (804) 343-2599

USDA-APHIS websites:
Veterinary Services
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs

National Center for Import and Export
http:aphis.usda.gov/vs/ncie

Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero, (SAG):
http://tinyurl.com/chile-travel-pets

To Get Back Home-
http://tinyurl.com/SAG-CL-PETS

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday Morning in Santiago-Reflection


At the Lord ’s command Moses recorded the stages in their journey. This is their journey by stages: - Numbers 33:2

Sunday morning, 7 A.M. in Santiago.

It has been a full week now since I left our home in Northern Virginia to reunite my family with my husband in Santiago, Chile. Jorge has been working here since January as a civil engineer in the mining and metals field. My son and I have joined him for the month of July leaving the humidity and heat of the Washington D.C. area for the dead of winter in Chile. As I start this first entry there is darkness and a calm throughout the city. The sun has not yet made it over the Andes. The street noise is hushed, with its ebb and flow of the occasional car resembling the early morning waves at our previous home at Redondo Beach in California.

Stage one:
I look up from the dining room table taking in the view of the sunrise over the Andes from our window. Below our apartment Apoquindo Avenue runs through the Las Condes. I sit in amazement at my life's journey and wonder the direction it will take shortly and how will it change our lives.

It is a journey of transtions-from graduate student to Doctor in Education with my degree in Special Education from George Washington University hanging conspicuously in our family room. We agreed that no matter where Jorge's career would take him I would remain put until I accomplished my doctorate studies and research in special education. With my dissertation, Parents' Involvement in Transition Planning of Their Young Adult Children with Intellectual Disabilities, published the next step is to write the ubiquitous journal article, prepare for the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Career Development and Transition conference presentation in October and of course, become involved in a practice related profession.

It is also a journey to become reunited as a family and make a home for my husband, my son, my Maltese, and myself, a task not without its challenges. Jorge works long and arduous hours. At least his job site is one block away which allows him a few more minutes in the day to be at home with the family. We begin to discover his new home base together. He has ventured out a little, bike riding up Cerro San Cristobal, going to the gym, and of course visiting the mining job sites tucked away deepand high into the Andes.

Our move here will mean our 23 year old son with Down syndrome leaves his job at a bakery that has taken on the aspect of a sheltered workshop, loses his spot on the Virginia's Medicaid Waiver waitlist, and forgoes his SSI monthly check. I'm not sure though if those are really a bad thing. He has already started to speak Spanish recalling his years of Spanish while included in high school. We are still looking about to determine what opportuinities exist for a person with an intellectual disability. In the meantime Jorge's job is ready to have him included in the company working in document control shredding, collating, and supporting the staff.

My Maltese, Samson (or Sammy as we call him), must make his way among the stray dogs of Chile, avoid those eager to snatch him away, and endure the powdery city dust and pollution that has changed his long flowing white coat to a dungy gray that stands on end with static electricity from the dry climate here. While the bueacratic process to get him here was frustrating and fraut with confusion, he seems to have made the trip and transition well. Apartment living in the city is just fine by him.

In the one week that I've been here, I'm making my way through the Santiago, networking with the expats, finding the people in Santiago fascinating, and the city to be beautiful. There is much to learn about this place, most of all how do people with disabilities live and thrive here. I have three more weeks before I return home to Northern Virginia to plan for stage two of my journey.

So here I am in Santiago, dissertation on a thumb drive, outlines for my projects swirling about in my mind, goals of learning more about this new place and plans to understand and participate in life here. But all of that is put on hold for just a moment as I succumb to relishing the sunrise before me, on my second Sunday in Chile.