My daughter's genetic disorder resulted in a variety of disabilities, both cognitive and physical, that impact nearly every aspect of our lives. Usually we go along with our routine, but sometimes I am struck by how little others know about disability and what life is like for us.
It's impossible for a beautiful woman such as Jena Sims to also have brains. Wrong! Jena is a smart, capable woman who not only makes us smile when she's in front of the camera, but runs her own non-profit organization called HBBQ's Inc. (Has Been Beauty Queens).
As I write this, I am winding my way over a jagged misty mountain road through Nepal. I have traveled here with the World of Children Award to visit two of our past honorees and see, up close and in person, the remarkable work they do.
Children with disabilities clearly need both. There are strong relationships between the deprivations of deep poverty and mental health. But the task is immensely harder if the families the children live in are abjectly poor.
A friend told me about an organization that helps children with special physical needs "adapt" to ordinary home and classroom situations using "green" technology and, in the process, employing women leaving prison.