Yesterday I attended and presented at a mini – conference for individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families and professionals in the IDD field.
The morning session I attended was a panel of adults with IDD sharing their accomplishments and challenges. The line I heard that always makes me smile “We are more alike than different.”
This is so true. So many of us assume people with disabilities lack the same dreams, desires, and skills. Why is this? Why do we think someone with a disability wouldn’t want love, creature comforts and most importantly respect.
The people I know with disabilities fight battles every day that I will never have to face and so many of them do it with a grace few non-disabled people can manage.
I am honored to work with individuals that live life honestly and teach life lessons to anyone willing to pay attention.