The next time you see a middle-schooler or even a peer use derogatory terms, make faces or inappropriate impressions or gestures related to disability, take that opportunity to talk about it. It all starts with a conversation. A conversation many won't have, unless you bring it up.
With less than four million inhabitants, widespread illiteracy and a long history of authoritarian rule by military strongmen, Francophone Mauritania seems an unlikely breeding ground for think tanks.
When I began advocating for misunderstood dogs -- my dogs -- I didn't think much about the people. I never thought the little website and Facebook page I started four years ago would introduce me to all these wonderful dogs and their equally amazing people.
While there's still plenty of room for things like sensitivity toward parents who are disabled, and more information needing to be disseminated to professionals that come into contact with parents who have a disability, I can say that I've seen some small strides being made. It's possible, with a few modifications, to be an active parent in your child's life, and not sit on the sidelines.
My son was born in 1990, a time when the TV show Life Goes On aired on ABC weekly. This show, which featured a main character who happened to have Down syndrome, made its place in history.
We can't tackle the monstrosities of physical abuse, verbal abuse, non-consented clinical care, ineffective communication, stigma and discrimination by ourselves. Believe me, we have been trying.
Do what you can to learn more about disability-related issues and help start some discourse about disability equality, and then share that with other people. Disability is not just physical. There are plenty of hidden disabilities related to learning or emotion as well. Help stop stigmas and stereotypes.
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From an international level, let's get down to the national, regional and local level and see how can family planning be promoted and advocated, exploring one example from a developed country and one from a developing country
For parents of out-of-the-box kids, fighting with the school, er, I mean, advocacy, can be a way of life. I learned how to put on a mom war helmet. I taught myself how to go to battle. But it took a lot of strength. And, by the time middle school came around, mine was ebbing.
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You're busy. Your phone's buzzing with notifications, your desk's a storm of Post-It notes, and your news feed says the world's got more than enough problems to solve (...Like this "sixth mass extinction" business? Your email inbox is already a black hole of doom!)
I have two Autistic children. When I say that, most people assume the response I desire from them is something along the lines of "I'm so sorry, that must be really hard."
Parents of kids with disabilities face all of the same anxieties that other parents face upon starting pre-school or kindergarten. There are also other concerns, many of which are more abstract and frightening. I've been there.