Advocacy has the power to change lives. It uses the beauty of compassion to create a positive effect on behalf of individuals who might otherwise lack representation for their needs and interests. In the case of those with developmental disabilities, it is the relentless effort to ensure that their rights as equal members of society … More ADVOCATING FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
Imagine not being able to say a single word. Or consider that your speech is labored and difficult for others to understand, therefore conversations move too quickly for you to participate. This is the reality for many people with developmental disabilities. The fact that they are nonverbal or that their speech is not understandable adds … More DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES
How do you measure success? Is it the ability to amass large sums of money? Is it the accumulation of possessions? Is it the acquisition of power? Is it being able to get what you want, when you want it? By society’s standards, the outward trappings of success are what count. Your home, your car, … More WHAT IS THE MEANING OF SUCCESS FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES?
Individuals with disabilities have intellectual and physical issues that can make their daily lives quite challenging in a number of significant ways. However, no matter what type of conditions they are required to deal with, they are just human beings who are doing the best they can to live in a way that has meaning … More PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE INSPIRING