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What does your child have to tell you on World Children’s Day?

What does your child have to tell you on World Children’s Day?

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"On World Children's Day, let's stand together with the world's most vulnerable and hardest to reach children." "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul, than how it treats its children." ~Nelson Mandela. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/embed/eRqfDal53as[/embed] World Children's Day is a day for children's voices to be heard. A day for children to act. A day to stand together with the world's most vulnerable and hardest to reach children. I wonder, even in our societies with sufficient resources to easily provide for all our children, how well we have been respecting the rights of our children with disabilities. How often do we listen their voices? How often do we heed what they say about what is important in their lives? How many children with disabilities know that they have rights? Do…
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That time my kid got invited to a game

That time my kid got invited to a game

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It is every parent's biggest dream and worst nightmare. Will she get invited? Will he be left out? What if nobody like my child? What if my child feels rejected? Gut punch. The actual worst. It really is. Rejection is painful. It cuts deep wounds. That is why we fear it so much. The threat is real. But...the consequences of not getting out there? Well, nothing. A life of nothingness. So we gotta do it. We gotta get out there. Or find someone who can get out there for us. And its not about just randomly showing up. You know that person that inserts themselves in a social situation without any reason or context for being there? Ya, it is kind of awkward, right? We have to help our kids…
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Why the Good Things in Life?

Why the Good Things in Life?

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Why am I doing this? We all want the good things in life. Regardless of time or place, there is pretty universal agreement about what the good things in life are. Home, relationships, love, community, some freedom, opportunities to make a contribution... But at some point in human history we lost the plot in respect to what we think is important for people with disabilities and their families. And we definitely lost the plot all together when it comes to figuring out how to support people. I was lucky. I had important, fulfilling relationships with people with disabilities early and throughout my life. I had the opportunity to learn about and deconstruct all the crap that our society teaches us without us even knowing it. I had mentors and teachers…
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