THE LOSS OF A FRIEND WITH A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY

A friend recently died, and I’ve been I’ve been thinking a lot about him and the life he led. He was a kind and thoughtful person who loved people. He relished being included in social activities, and he especially loved to dance. This individual had a great sense of humor and was quick to laugh. … More THE LOSS OF A FRIEND WITH A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY

THE EMPLOYMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

You sit in your car in the parking lot and watch as a man collects shopping carts for a large retailer. You guess him to be in his mid-fifties. You quickly judge, based on his appearance and physical movements, that he has some kind of developmental disability. Although he is measured and deliberate as he … More THE EMPLOYMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

THE REALITY OF INTELLECTUAL CHALLENGES

Unfortunately, there seems to be a significant amount of confusion surrounding intellectual challenges. That misunderstanding starts with a lack of a clear definition of what constitutes such a disability. The simplest explanation is that an intellectual challenge is characterized by deficits in both thought and behavior. Many people assume the condition is present from birth, … More THE REALITY OF INTELLECTUAL CHALLENGES

FATHERS OF CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

When it comes to raising children with developmental disabilities, mothers receive well-deserved attention for their parenting. They are considered the primary caregivers and nurturers. They interact with health care professionals, teachers, and case managers. They are always on the front lines advocating for their child’s rights, and they are vigilant concerning their health and safety. But although they may … More FATHERS OF CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES