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January 09, 2017 | North America: Pennsylvania

My daughters school

By Rebecca Vanbrocklin

I went to my daughter's IEP meeting. I looked down at her paper, and there in bold letters was the R word.View Story ▼I went to my daughter's IEP meeting. I looked down at her paper, and there in bold letters was the R word. I told them they had to change that because there is no way a child with Down syndrome or any other kid out there should have that on school or any other papers. I told them they need to use the term "special needs." My daughter was potty trained at 1 1/2 and started to walk at 1. I have five kids and she learned just like my other kids did, One week later, I had new IEP papers for my daughter

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January 09, 2017 | Europe Eurasia: Georgia

My Aunt

By Beverly Helton

I have an aunt that has Down syndrome. She is very amazing.View Story ▼I have an aunt that has Down syndrome. She is now 51 years old. I grew up with her in my life, and as a child, I hated when others would talk down to her. Even though she is much older, I was quick to tell them she was no different. She is smarter than most people I know. She crochets hats and baby booties and even sweaters, something I've never been able to learn. And taught herself! She is very amazing, like every adult and child like her. Those that say or think differently should be ashamed.

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January 08, 2017 | North America: Virginia

The Boy who Could

By Linda Oprean

My story is really my brother's. He is the best example I can think of for what can be - and is - when we drop the negative descriptions.View Story ▼My story is really my brother's. Thyroid deficient from birth he was considered "trainable" at best in the early 60's and retarded was the WORD ! Now 57, a special Olympics medalist in golf, retired after 35 years in the government , and starting a second career, he is the best example I can think of for what can be - and is - when we drop the negative descriptions , change our vocabulary, and go for what can be. We talk often, he and I, about how that word - that one word - made him feel. Our mother used it freely to describe who he was and explain all of his limitations. It made both of us cringe - and made him very sad. It made him want to scream "see ME" ; somebody please see ME and not what you imagine because of a word. He is such a competent person now - lives each day fully and is still pressing to learn, tackle new challenges, read another book, take a refresher in golf, and try jogging on his new hip after years of pain and disability. This is truly his story!

About Linda Oprean:I am a retired educator (in the medical field) and have been my brother's guardian for many years. He has lived with me for the last 12 years.
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December 30, 2016 | North America: Utah

Sister Who Now Walks with the Angels

By Bryan Olson

I ask this of all those who hate difference: try living just one day in my sister's shoes.View Story ▼I grew up with a special sister. She was born breach; the doctor panicked and displaced her hips by about 20 degrees from straight.But that's not all. She also had cerebral palsy and mental and learning handicaps. The doctors told my parents, "With her retardation and other problems, she should be put in an asylum and forgotten. She won't live to see her 16th birthday." Mother wouldn't hear it. They took her home got her a home teacher who got her to read. She loved music and would hum when she wanted to hear some. She learned to talk in very broken garbled words but I had to learn her words so we could speak to each other. I was her baby brother and I was never ashamed of patrolling she was smart and beautiful a bit misshapen never able to do anything for herself ever. I ask this of all those who hate difference: try living just one day in my sister's shoes.She finally walks with the angels at the young age of 60. I pray she's just as happy there as she was here.

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December 30, 2016 | North America: New York

Stop the hate!

By Ashley

I know many people who have disabilities that range from autism to behavioral issues to anxiety and depression.View Story ▼I know many people who have disabilities that range from autism to behavioral issues to anxiety and depression. Some people aren't aware I know of their situation, while others are close friends and family. We are all different and struggling with different battles. We all deserve to be happy and to get the help we need and to have the support we want. You don't know what someone is going through. Be kind. "Sometimes kindness is all we can give. Sometimes kindness is enough."

About Ashley:I'm just someone who cares about everyone just a little too much
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