Disability is Natural!
“Disability is a natural part of the human experience that does not diminish the right of individuals with developmental disabilities to enjoy the opportunity to live independently, enjoy self-determination, make choices, contribute to society, and experience full integration and inclusion in the economic, political, social, cultural, and educational mainstream of American society.”
The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act
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Read it again—especially the first nine words: “Disability is a natural part of the human experience.” There have always been people with disabilities in the world, and there always will be. Like gender and ethnicity, disability is simply one of many natural characteristics of being human. One in five Americans is a person with a disability. Some are born with disabilities; others acquire disabilities through accidents, illness, or the aging process. Many folks who do not presently have a disability will have one in the future (especially if we live long enough). How can disability not be natural? When we internalize the belief that disability is natural, and merge it with our common sense, we’ll create a new paradigm of disability.
In thinking about very young children with disabilities, adopting a new paradigm of disability is critically important. Before going further however, it’s important to look at the big picture—a startling and disturbing picture—that many parents of young children may be unaware. Click here to continue.
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