To believe in something not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives: it is the only way we can leave

the future open.

Lillian Smith

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Apple’s Steve Jobs once said, “Let’s make a dent in the universe.” How about if we make a dent in Disability World? Let’s assume the best—instead of the worst—about children and adults with disabilities. We can make the choice to do this, can’t we?

Let’s assume all children with developmental disabilities have unlimited potential, the same assumption we have about children without disabilities. Let’s assume they can learn the three Rs and other academics in general ed classrooms. Let’s assume they can participate in and contribute to ordinary, age-appropriate, inclusive activities. And let’s assume they’ll grow up to be successful and productive.

Let’s assume adults with disabilities can also be successful—in a job, volunteer work, or other endeavors of their choice. Let’s assume they can live more interdependently, do more for themselves, etc.

Let’s assume the best: that children and adults with disabilities are . . . Click here to continue.​