The myths surrounding developmental disabilities usually have no basis in fact. They are unfounded beliefs or assumptions that have been perpetuated for so long that they have been accepted as truth by some in society even though their inaccuracy is obvious. These myths create indifference and intolerance. They foster stereotypes that are completely unfair and… Continue reading DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY MYTHS
Is there anything more chilling in modern life than the sound of rapid gunfire in a crowded public area? We’ve all see the heartbreaking images on TV of innocent men, women and, children running for their lives or trying to find cover. The scenes resemble the horror of a battlefield, but it is not a… Continue reading MASS SHOOTINGS
What do you see when you encounter someone you believe is different than you? Do you see someone who makes you feel uncomfortable? Do you see only the characteristics that you don’t understand? Do you see someone who leads you to make unfair comparisons or form instant opinions based only on appearances without any facts?… Continue reading WHAT DO YOU SEE?
I can’t escape the irony of sitting in my climate-controlled seventy-two-degree house with a full stomach and a hot cup of coffee on my desk as I write about homelessness. Throughout our lives, my wife and I have been richly blessed and that has allowed us to live in enviable comfort. Did we work hard to… Continue reading HOMELESSNESS
As he wakes up from a short nap in his bassinet, a tiny infant blinks his eyes several times and then gazes at the apparatus hanging above his head. It is a mysterious object that is designed to capture his attention. Someday the baby will understand that it is a collection of brightly colored butterflies… Continue reading THE INNOCENT
It is too often the case that individuals with developmental disabilities are either not given the opportunity to express themselves or people do not show respect by paying attention to what they have to say. What follows is an example of what we might hear if we made the effort to listen attentively to their… Continue reading I AM A HUMAN BEING
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… Continue reading ADVOCACY