fridge magnet friday…

Thank you Richard Attfield for these amazing words.

Do not give a child a 'disability label' - give them equality; give them an education; give them equal status in society;
 give them freedom to
 express themselves by 
the means of their choice. Do not destroy their humanity. Richard Attfield, PoetIMAGE DESCRIPTION:
old fashioned fridge door, cream with silver handle with a blue piece of paper containing the quote “Do not give a child a ‘disability label’ – give them equality; give them an education; give them equal status in society; give them freedom to express themselves by the means of their choice. Do not destroy their humanity. Richard Attfield, Poet”

 

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  1. Why can’t kids have all of these things?

    Having only a label and not the other things on the list is horrific, but kids who have a disability but no diagnosis – no label – also have a terrible struggle. Imagine if Mac was as he is now but you did not know why, did not know whether the future held improvement or more extreme disability or death – labels have many negatives but they do have value.

  2. Gina @ http://inkyed.wordpress.com

    Thanks R, I guess I distinguish between having a label which can be very limiting and ‘put you in a box/category’ and a diagnosis which satisfies the bureaucratic process required by so many aspects of life. BUT, if we can start thinking in terms of needs not labels then everyone will be better off. Imagine if kids didn’t need a diagnosis or label to get supported at school and they were simply provided the supports or adaptations they needed because it was identified that they needed some support. Other than on forms (or for the benefit of search engines) we don’t use the diagnosis terms CP or CVI for Mac. As in depth as it gets is that he has a physical disability and vision impairment, simply descriptors to suggest he may need some supports not medical terms that might conjure up preconceived ideas.

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