Today’s post is in celebration of all the people who work tirelessly with and for our special needs population in our country. If not for these people who provide daily care at homes, at schools, in the workplace, hundreds of thousands of our family members would be restricted to a very limited life experience.
I came away from work today a bit disgruntled, disgusted, and flat-out disappointed. Apparently, some folks were not being agreeable with a schedule created to include our special needs population in programs available to everyone. I sat listening to the anguish of a coworker (we’ll call her Patty) as she related the verbal attack she received from another coworker (we’ll call her Sally). Patty had placed her special needs people in the appropriate programs, but Sally was fuming over the amount in her room.
I was outraged for Patty and heartsick for the group. Once again, bigotry rears its ugly head. All Sally wanted was for them to go somewhere else, not thinking about these people’s variety of limitations and how limited their choices are. Patty’s people were being treated like second-class citizens, if not worse.
All’s well that ends well. Patty’s people got to stay in their programs, but really? In this day and age, to see prejudice directed at a population of people already living each day with their own trials and tribulations, makes me sick! I am appalled and dismayed that there are still people in this country that walk around living as though we have a caste system here.
So I say, CHEERS! To everyone that works with special needs individuals: you are the lifeline, the tether that keeps special needs people connected to the world around them. I thank you for your tireless quest for equality. I join with you in that fight, because if my experience today is any indicator, we have a long way to go before our special needs population is truly considered no different from the rest of us and accepted unconditionally.
Will you join me? Advocate for our special needs population. It does a heart good…
Here is a short list of organizations that provide information about and for our special needs population:
http://fcsn.org/index.php Federation for Children with Special Needs
http://www.angelswithspecialneeds.org/ Angels With Special Needs
http://www.cerebralpalsy.org/ 4My Child
http://www.osfamilies.org/ Organization of Special Needs Families
http://adhd.kids.tripod.com/sitesorg.html ADHD/LD Special Needs Organizations