Thank you Richard Attfield for these amazing words.
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”
I often hear parents of children with disabilities voice concern over people staring at their kids… but is the alternative better?
Louis Lim’s powerful observation makes me absolutely sure I will continue to embrace any prolonged gazes cast towards Mac. I don’t ever want him to be invisible to his community, invisible to our society or to be “eliminated from our consciousness”.
So I guess I offer a word of caution to those who have difficulty accepting the ‘stare’. “Be careful what you wish for”, there might just be way more at stake if a stare, a sidewards glance, a gawk or an outright ‘gape’ is eliminated – invisibility is a poor alternative.
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A big quote that sums it all up…
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This is perhaps my favourite quote to do with inclusion – so simple, it just goes to the heart of the matter.
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Thanks to Marlena Katene for reminding me of this quote. CLICK THE IMAGE to go to her recent article on RampUp: Facilitated Communication; from the inside
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