THE COMPASSION EXPERIMENT

As she walked into the main lobby, Marilyn took a deep breath and tried unsuccessfully to control her nervousness. The tension had been mounting all morning, and now that the meeting was about to happen, she was having doubts about the entire thing. What if she had miscalculated the value of the interaction? What if … Continue reading THE COMPASSION EXPERIMENT

A LESSON LEARNED

There was no one in town that loved their job more than Chet Sanderson. Being a city employee was a badge of honor he was extremely proud of. It was, by all accounts, a position that almost no one thought he would ever achieve. Born in 1964 with a developmental disability, very few people believed … Continue reading A LESSON LEARNED

THE EULOGY

Even though the church was small, Reverend Hansen estimated it was less than half full. Only the immediate family and a few acquaintances had bothered to come together on this blustery January day to pay their last respects to Donald Phillips, a man who, during his eighty-plus years of life, had survived a multitude of … Continue reading THE EULOGY

THE LADY IN THE PARK

As she sat alone on the park bench, Eloise folded her arms together to stay warm. She was glad she had worn her sweater because the breeze had picked up slightly and the late afternoon sun was temporarily obscured by clouds. Autumn had always been her favorite season. The heat of summer finally receded and … Continue reading THE LADY IN THE PARK

BEST FRIENDS

We all know how important friendship is. It adds so much to our lives that its absence creates unending loneliness and hardship. But is friendship any less important for those with developmental disabilities? Is it any less real, any less valuable or any less appreciated? The following story illustrates the need and desire to have … Continue reading BEST FRIENDS