Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is a yearly reminder that it is my honor to serve persons with developmental disabilities through my company’s work for the last three decades. Much has thankfully changed for the better relative to anti-discrimination and other laws which protect those who may seem different.
We all must remember the progress we have made to treat those with developmental disabilities as unique and powerful people.
In early childhood, a playground fence divided classmates from those who were at that time called “retarded.” It would be difficult not to remember a little boy named Billy, a classmate at that time.
Billy was a lovely boy but had difficulty playing sports due to apparent challenges with coordination. It was painful to watch other, more capable boys jeer and make fun of him.
Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.