Wednesday, February 09, 2005

What do you call someone with a disability?

As children start school and begin mixing with other children, sometimes it is noticed, that one child is "different" from the others. Continue reading...He may be teased, made fun of, the last one picked to be on a team, and called names.

Historically, people with disabilities were viewed as hopeless children who grow to become hopeless adults, depending on someone else. In the olden days, a disabled child would typically be sent to an institution to be cared for. They were not seen as having a future and were treated poorly, teased, and made fun of!

Welcome to the new millenium! Time are changing and nearly 49 million people living in the US having some form of a disability (that's 1 out of 5, folks) So obviously the stereotypes are myths, because these people do have a future and they do have feelings!

They are not retarded, dumb, cripple, mute, or defective. They are people just like you and me. They are just different!

So, you ask what do you call an individual with a disability?? You call them women, men, boys, girls, students, your teacher, doctor, neighbor, friend, athelete, brunettes, blondes, southerners, Texans, members, leaders, your Mom, your sister or brother, or and any other word you would call a person.

I call him Noah.


Blogger Mika said...

Oh I love the picture of Noah.. What a joy!!!

Thanks for sharing...


10:40 AM  
Blogger Moreena said...

Yes, that picture is just fantastic.

That worry about how people will react to Noah, possibly hurting his feelings in the process, must be one of the hardest things you think about as a mom. Especially since I see everyday how well-intentioned and completely nice people sometimes say the dumbest things. I know I must say dumb things myself sometimes, although I work very hard not to.

I have an idea for you to write on that your post just made me think of. How about a letter that you write to Noah addressing that issue--what happens when someone hurts his feelings by something they say or do? What do you want him to know when that happens? Do you have any suggestions of things for him to do or say?

10:24 PM  

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