THE WORDS WE CHOOSE TO USE ABOUT DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY

Words are the products of our thoughts, attitudes, opinions, beliefs, and convictions. That is why the language we use has great power. Fortunately, we always have the choice to speak in either a positive or negative manner. We can be outspoken or cautious. We can be abrasive or comforting. We can be accepting or judgmental, … More THE WORDS WE CHOOSE TO USE ABOUT DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY

I AM A HUMAN BEING

It is too often the case that individuals with developmental disabilities are either not given the opportunity to express themselves or people do not show respect by paying attention to what they have to say. What follows is an example of what we might hear if we made the effort to listen attentively to their … More I AM A HUMAN BEING

MOTHERHOOD

Among the bravest human beings on earth are the women who are willing to risk their own lives to bring a child into the world. It is the greatest sacrifice one person can make for another. It is the deepest form of love there is. A woman knows the dangers of delivery, as well as … More MOTHERHOOD

THE INNOCENT

As he wakes up from a short nap in his bassinet, a tiny infant blinks his eyes several times and then gazes at the apparatus hanging above his head. It is a mysterious object that is designed to capture his attention. Someday the baby will understand that it is a collection of brightly colored butterflies … More THE INNOCENT

WHEN YOU MEET A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHAT DO YOU SEE?

What do you see when you encounter someone you believe is different than you? Do you see someone who makes you feel uncomfortable? Do you see only the characteristics that you don’t understand? Do you see someone who leads you to make unfair comparisons or form instant opinions based only on appearances without any facts? … More WHEN YOU MEET A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHAT DO YOU SEE?