From the article: We Expect Respect
Do you agree with my manifesto demanding respect for all children with special needs and their families? Add your name and your message. Join the Cause
- I am the proud mother of a beautiful, smart, funny, phenomenal daughter who is on the spectrum. She is my hero! She amazes me every day of our lives, and I am blessed to have my special angel in my life...:)
- —Guest Mother Warrior
Respect Our Input
- Since being a parent of a special needs child, I can say the experience has been quite overwhelming; not where my child is concerned cause I can deal with that-its the education arena that I cannot tolerate. When parents come to the IEP meeting, expect that we will challenge you if your assertions are not correct-not because we don't value your input-its more of a formality of getting done rather what is appropriate for my child. Others input is clearly valuable as you work with my child while at school, but remember I work with my child at home and I see where she struggles or could benefit from an accomodation/modification whereas you feel it is more work for you to do. The sole purpose of Spec Ed is to get these children as independent as possible and prepare them for a successful life-not for them to become even more dependent upon a system that will continually fail them. We know our children best so please respect the decisions we make and realize we know what we are talking abou
- —Guest lele
It's a Child Future
- Parents know their child best, and have seen their child in more circumstances in the real world than anyone. For a child to be successful, parents need to be involved and respected. IEP meetings should be a collaborative discussion of the child's needs, not just a formality for the staff to read standard goals to the parents. The child has one chance for an education.
- —Guest Sandra Fortmann
Hatred Has No Boundaries
- Special needs children and adults are no different than any other sector of society. Bullying, hatred, ignorance affect us all and it's out of control. There is one entire sector of society that hates anyone, everything and anything not of their world. It would be great to colonize Mars, so we could let them all go hate each other in isolation, and leave the rest of us alone. I'm a grandparent as parent of a severely autistic 6-year-old grandson. I protect him from the world now with homeschooling, but one day, I will have to teach him about haters. For now, we'll just keep working on learning to talk.
- —Guest Janet Huggard
- My son is on the autism spectrum, he is very friendly and outgoing! :) i know there are some that are so nice and I worry about when he's an adult..he's almost 15. All special needs children deserve to be treated with respect and understanding!
- —Guest Jennifer
I totally agree
- Yes our children deserve respect. After all are they not God's creation? They are so special to us and it hurts so much when people on seeing them gaze at them in a not too pleasant way. The worst offenders are family members who pretend to show concern to the child when parents are around & gossip about the child in the absence of the parents. What a hypocrisy. We should join hands to fight this. Let's share ideas no matter which part of the world you are.
- We have three grandsons with disabilities, I have seen the looks when they are out in public. Even at multi-family gatherings I have hear other kids call them freaks, and won't play on the same playground with them. I will alway advocate for them to be accepted and are entitled to respect.
- —Guest Judith Disher
Yes I agree
- Very true. They are indeed 'very special' and need to be given the respect and importance they truly deserve
- —Guest Rajeswari
- I have 5 with special needs and often I also get whats wrong, why did you take them, etc. They say you are a special person for adopting them, I say no, they are special and I am very blessed to have them.
- —Guest Smile
- It always amazes me when supposed adults turn into bullies and spoiled brats the moment someone with special needs wants the same things and same rights everyone else has. Accomodations are NOT special rights, they simply level the playing field so everyone can have an equal shot. We should be allowed to label these supposedly typical people with the label they really need. Morally disabled.
- —Guest Mikki
- Cannot agree more. Our kids demand our respect. Being the father of a 6 year old autistic child, the effort that we as parent go through to get them services they deserve from school, state or federal government or insurance agencies is painful and, truly, dis-respectful. Regardless, we need to continue to raise our voices collectively to make these authorities hear us.
I will fight for my daughter matter what
- There will be no more exclusion for our kids with special needs! We demand respect and the right to be heard AND have something done about it! We won t shut up until something is done about finding the causes, oh my bad, excuse me, they DID figure out what some causes could be; BUT CHOOSE to ignore them! We won t stop until autism is eradicated! That is a promise!
- —Guest Theresa Morales
- Sure I add my name and my son's name to the Manifesto. We have been dealing with this for over 24 yrs of his 25 yrs of life and have learn the ones who have the MOST control over his life and lives of others like him in the federal and state government perfer NOT to see them or listen to them when making life and death decisions. They group them, the disabled with those who use drugs, being disabled was NOT a choice where as using drugs WAS a choice. Seperate them, help both BUT make the right decision for once and look them in the eye.
- —Guest max weavil jr
Respect Is The Right Thing To Do
- Growing up with a severely disabled younger brother, to my work now as Marketing and Communications Coordinator for MetSchools, who manages some incredible special education private schools in NYC, my entire life has been devoted to help serving the disabled community who deserve more than just respect, but love and admiration for the hardship many endure publicly and privately. I respect families like my own, who did the best they could to raise their children in usually the most challenging of circumstances to teachers, therapists and care providers who go the extra mile to care for kids of many disabilities. It is always important to be a voice for the misunderstood and voiceless. Having my brother in my life has made me a better human being and changed my life in ways I never expected...I'm so proud of everything he accomplishes on a daily basis. Working for these schools as well is such a pleasure knowing how we are helping our kids and families! Thanks!
oh so new
- I am very new to the 18p deletion diagnosis for my son. I knew something was wrong and always had to stand up for him. Now that he is 3 and his behavior is changing, it feels like i have to constantly explain. My son demands the same respect and tolerance as any other kid.
- —Guest mica
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