I will speak for those who can't.
- I am a assistant to a little boy with autism. He may not speak but he has taught me sooo much. He is amazing. It is my job to convience everyone else now!!!He brings me so much joy. I feel blessed to spend 6 hours a day with him.(:
- —Guest BLawson7474
Special Need son
- I have a son with autism. My husband and I do have people look at us like we have no control over my son. I try not look at them while they are staring at us. I get sad sometimes when my son can't play with the other kids as a normal child. Not able to play sports. I pray every day for strength and patience to raise my son.
- —Guest Shaheerah
- We are blessed everyday by our oldest daughter who has special needs. She is visually impaired and has a mild Learning disability. She is the sweetest child and is so hilarious. Whenever I have a bad day at work, she will always say something that makes me laugh so hard I forget about everything else. I agree with all the responses I have read and hopefully we all can continue to advocate for all our children and demand the respect they so much deserve. Yes, she gets the stares and we get the "what's wrong with her" questions sometimes. My anwser is NOTHING! Our first daughter died shortly after birth and then GOD sent Katie! HE sent our first daughter to "MOLD" me, because I was one who didn't realize it don't matter who you are, your status in life, or what you think; a special needs child might come into your life. THANK GOD!!! Special Needs children are a Gift from GOD and a blessing. Keep the faith and keep Expecting respect!
- —Guest billyv2000
Sticking my name on this list
- I'm one of the kids with special needs myself. I'm a 13 year old girl with autism. We expect respect as well. Just because we're not the same as most people doesn't mean we're freaks who don't deserve life -- got it, society? We deserve the same amount of respect you give your fellow person. Which isn't a whole lot, I know, but it's better than what we tend to get.
- —Guest Stealthy
JOIN THE CAUSE
- I have a wonderful child on the spectrum he fortunately has friends at school. There are many of our special children who have no friends always remember that could happen to any one of us. Be mindful of what you say and how it is said. Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated. THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK OR ACT!
- —Guest EMPRESS C
- My daughter is left out of my family outings and ignored. I tell her daily I will die telling people with disabilities "don't worry about what others think". You are AWESOME!
- —Guest Ms. Cruse
I advocate for my children!!
- My children have special needs and I demand respect from those uneducated people that make rude remarks!
- —Guest LovelyMay
Count me in
- Most people are respectful of my son, but we still get the occasional stare, glare or comment.
- —Guest Liane
I am wiith you.
- I totally agree...and am active in helping to dispel stereotypes......Seeing prople with disabilities as normal regular people is so important.
- —Guest Sally Rogow
Parent Of Special Needs Child
- I totally agree with this article.There are times that I get so frustrated.She had a brain tumor removed when she was 3 1/2 years old and it left her mentally challenged. Everyday is a challenge.I have a younger daughter who doesnt understand and just want to play with her sister but she doesn't play back. I moved in with my boyfriend almost 6 years ago and I have yet to see him respect what I do for my children and I struggle everyday with working, my school work, and their school work, cooking meals, making sure both get a proper bathing etc.There is so much to do, not to mention that I have them involved with special olympics bowling and baseball on Saturdays.I have very little sleep and when I do take a nap I get yelled at that I don't do anything.I think that parents with special needs should be paid for the things they do do for their families. I barely get by and now I am looking for a place to move to but can't afford to.He is no help because he always wants money.I have none.
- —Guest lmhorsmon
- My husband WAS one of those kids with special needs... he was born with CP, which affects him in a variety of different ways... but, most importantly, he is a PERSON...and deserves RESPECT!!! (and sadly, too many ADULTS don't seem to *get* that!!)
- —Guest Rebecca Hales
Long time coming.
- For too long, I've watched my daughter be conversely ignored and reviled for being in a wheelchair. Too many times have I watched someone favor the PRIVILEGE of their typically developing child over the basic rights of my special needs one. I am with you 100%, and I will never stand for it again. Whether through calm discourse or her vigorous defense, I will never stand for it again.
- —Guest Ichaerus
- I live in New York state, which is a leader in many respects in advocating for those with developmental disabilities. But educating the public and fixing the flaws in the system is an ongoing battle. I am thankful for efforts like this to advance the cause of our family members who need every voice to speak up for them. Keep fighting!
- —Guest Kathleen L. Maher
- Special needs children are the most precious and sweetest kids. People need to take more time out of their lives to realize this!
- —Guest kfosson
we expect respect.
- My husband and I have 2 beautiful boys that are special needs and everyday is a adventure. We are blessed to have them .
- —Guest faviola