THE WORLD WILL BE A BETTER PLACE WHEN...
Families and organizations stop creating "special" programs and events for people with disabilities. Inclusion and integration have two different meanings. If we, as family members, don't celebrate the gifts of our loved one with a disability, we can expect the world to continue to devalue people with disabilities.
We would accept people with disabilities for who they are and not spend so much time trying to fix them.
Rebecca, a person with autism who works with people who have disabilities/different abilities
Parents of children with disabilities dream big dreams for their children, and ignore the negative words of others (physicians, teachers, therapists, health care providers, service providers, family members, or anyone else).
Individual autonomy were valued, instead of helpful conformity. I am tired of having my life planned out around what suits the powerful.
Professor Sean Dineen, History professor and wheelchair user
Other children treat my children as they would any of their other friends. It blesses my heart when my children are treated as equals. Their disabilities make no difference at all!
Sheri, Mom in California
We realized that we're all utterly dependent in infancy and senility, and we all experience disability at one time or another, in sickness or in health. Since we cannot escape the need to give and receive care at these times, disability is not "abnormal," but entirely normal—or as Kathie Snow says, "it's natural." By embracing a "new abnormal," we exclude no one and promote tolerance for one another in our infinite diversity.
People would appreciate that progress for some people happens in small steps and deserves to be celebrated.
Lisa, a teacher
We recognize that the system is so poorly-managed and misleading. Misguidance and roadblocks in the system during a person's childhood years result in more costly support systems needed with the person is an adult.
Karen, parent and professional
LET'S CREATE A BETTER WORLD!
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What are your ideas on how people with disabilities, parents, educators, service providers, health care providers, legislators, and/or others who influence the lives of people with disabilities can make the world a better place?
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