Monday, May 5, 2014

Best Article For Parents

Chavisory's Notebook - November 1, 2013

This is an outstanding explanation of why parents of disabled kids should talk to them about their disabilities. More precisely, it explains, in very personal terms, why it’s a bad idea to deliberately avoid telling kids that they have a disability. The blog post focuses mostly on autism, but almost everything said applies to any disabilities a child might have. Chavisory makes a strong argument that kids know they are different anyway, and that it’s a mistake to think that if we avoid disability words, the disability itself will somehow disappear:
"If what you really fear is that your child will be marginalized or mistreated for being autistic, then fight the marginalization, misinformation, bigotry, and dehumanizing stereotypes with us.”
Every “Special Needs Parent” should read this.

Via Think Inclusive.