The severity of one’s disability does not determine their level of potential. The greatest barriers that persons with disabilities have to overcome are not steps and curbs, it’s expectations.
– Karen Clay
Providing support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
NEW WAYS OF THINKING
The vast majority of families receive their child’s diagnosis followed by expert advice that often paints a negative life trajectory for the child and the family. Information and external links found on this page offer a different perspective.
ONE PARENTS ADVICE…
“I would take the “experts” advice with a grain of salt, hold on the dreams I have for my child, and do whatever it takes to ensure my child and family enjoyed a normal, happy life. As it turned out I learned to do these things pretty quickly, but it took a 180° in my perspectives and my actions to make it happen!”
WHAT IS DISABILITY?
… disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the rights of individuals to
— live independently;
— enjoy self-determination;
— make choices;
— contribute to society;
— pursue meaningful careers; and
— enjoy full inclusion and integration in the economic, political, social, cultural, and educational mainstream of American society Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act)
INDEPENDENCE OR INTERDEPENDENCE?
Independence is not measured by the number of tasks we can do without assistance, but by the quality of life we can lead WITH assistance. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Credo for Support is a powerful 4 minute video which offers a series of suggestions for people who care about and support someone with a disability.
The Disability is Natural website encourages new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities, in the belief that our attitudes drive our actions, and changes in our attitudes and actions can help create a society where all children and adults with developmental disabilities have opportunities to live the lives of their dreams, included in all areas of life.
Ollibean is a community of parents, families and advocates in the disability community working together for a more socially just, accessible and inclusive world.
Think Inclusive promotes full and authentic inclusion of people with disabilities in their school and communities through education and advocacy.