Monday, July 26, 2010

20th Anniversary of the ADA

Please take a few minutes and read this great article on the ADA...and learn how you and your family can make a difference. Most importantly is for all families to teach children (at an early age) the value of all people...regardless of ability. Lead by example, demonstrate respect and compassion for others, and get involved in your community.

One of the most important reminders of this article is simple...yet very effective:

Parents need to look for opportunities to introduce their children to community members with disabilities, laying a foundation for inclusion, acceptance and friendship.

One of my friends, who is a parent of young son with Down syndrome, has been great about being very honest and direct with her friends of his typical peers. Basically she says to them...listen, if you really want to keep Cooper involved in your family's life, it will take some work. You are going to need to encourage true inclusion with or without other friends around...and not as the "mascot." Invite him to birthday parties, play dates, etc. It might not always be easy, but it starts at home.

Enjoy the article...and Happy Anniversary ADA!

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