Yesterday being Valentines Day and being up to the letter R it seems like a romantic post would be in order, fortunately for all of us Dave Hingsburger and Jennifer Graf Groneberg have posted those. I have to talk about respect!
A few years back my oldest daughter came home from school and told me that there would be a new kid in their class starting tomorrow. She said that she knew that he had trouble with listening and with his behavior and needed extra help to learn.
I stared at her open-mouthed for a while.
“What’s his name?” I asked.
“What’s he good at?” I asked.
She didn’t know.
Someone, probably in hopes of creating understanding for this kid, had introduced him to his classmates worst foot forward.
This didn’t gain him a lot of friends. Go figure.
What would have?
A little respect!
Disrespect toward people with disabilities is rampant. People with disabilities are abused, injured, shunned and disregarded in big and small ways with sickening regularity.
It is a complex situation with many contributing factors: • All people fare better in situations where everyone feels a balance of security and accountability for their behavior. • All people fare better when common ground is recognized (we like the same band) or built (we were in the same class.) • People fare better when there is a strong, positive example of good treatment for all. • People fare better when everyone is expected to contribute, facilitated to contribute and recognized for contributing. • Any other ideas?
I am the mother of three, wife of one. I am a Partners in Policymaking graduate and a committed disability advocate. I want to catch up on my scrapbooking, learn more about art-journaling, get my house in order, read all the books I have set aside to read and change the world--not necessarily in that order. The opinions in this blog are my own and not those of any of employers.