As a rule, we perceive what we expect

to perceive.

The unexpected is usually not received at all. It is not seen or heard, but ignored. Or it is misunderstood.

Peter F. Drucker

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How many times have we thought, heard, or said things like:

  • He’s very manipulative—we know children with disabilities learn to be manipulative at an early age.
  • She’ll never be able to drive—she has Down syndrome (or cerebral palsy or whatever).
  • What do you expect—he has autism (or fetal alcohol syndrome or seizures or whatever).


Now think about other things you’ve thought, heard, or said—better yet, make a list!

How many times do we make assumptions about children or adults with disabilities that are based primarily on the person’s diagnosis? How many decisions—life-altering decisions for the person with the disability—have been made based on these assumptions? How do we know the issue is a consequence of the person’s disability?


Let’s look at example #1. Amazingly, I heard this from different professionals, years apart. (Where did this mythical and goofy assumption come from?)​ Click here to continue.