I think this is such an important issue...and one that people shy away from discussing..I know i have brought a similar discussion up before. For personal reasons this is close to my heart so when i see a story like this, it gets my interest.
This article is about a mother of two children with Down's Syndrome...who endeavors to have her children treated as other children are. After all, they are 'normal'...
I would like to know what normal is lol because i meet 'normal' people or they appear normal and they arent anywhere close! It would be great if this was a perfect world but it isnt...I was a hopeless idealist at one time but i soon learnt that we can only strive towards an ideal. In reality...ive learnt to celebrate differences and diversity.
The most pervasive stereotype about people with disabilities is the belief that their lives are so different from an “ordinary” person’s.
Individuals with special needs are every bit as ordinary as you or me, and we need to remember that in spite of their challenges, they are people first, just like everybody else.
I am the mother of two children with Down syndrome, and strangers frequently ask me how I want my kids to be treated. While I appreciate the honest concern and understand that some people don’t have any experience around kids with special needs, my response is always the same:
I want my kids to be treated as if they are no different than any other child.
Because they’re not.
In a world of diversity, we’re all different. As a parent, it’s my job to raise responsible, accountable Citizen Kids – just like any other mom or dad. It makes no difference that my Citizen Kids have special needs.