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Change is possible.

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This post is for all of us with kids/adults with disabilities in our lives. You could be a mother. A father. A sibling. A friend. A grandparent. An aunt or uncle. A cousin. A respite worker. A teacher. A therapist. Anyone. Everyone. This post is for you!

If you could change 10 things that would make your life, your family’s life or you child’s life better, what would they be?

In case your mind is bogged down with a million things on your to do list, here are some ideas to get you started:

· Funding for respite, products, therapy, in home support and care,

· Support groups, advice sources, someone/somewhere to reach out to for help,

· Improved access and assistance on public transport, in fun parks, at airports, in restaurants, in shops/stores,

· New products that make life easier, less expensive, funded by government,

· Greater awareness and understanding of disability, more inclusion/integration, education, research,

· Anything you can think off!!

What are the key things in your life/country/environment that you would like to change or add?

Have you seen change happen? Have you read about Mama Lewis and her quest and success in getting modified shopping trolleys for kids with disabilities in grocery stores around the UK?

Change is possible. It can happen. It starts here.

Please leave a message in the comments about the type of change you need/would like to see to make your life, and your child’s life, better.

I’ll start. Inclusion. Acceptance. Education…Or how about a portable toilet seat that is supportive enough for Sebastian’s needs but compact enough for travel?

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6 thoughts on “Change is possible.”

  1. Sending you all big love xx my list is long but from this week I hope for technology that can read thoughts and translate to clear speech via a device, plus strength to support my child when he lets his walls down and cries and cries that his cp makes him hope for this technology too xxxx

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    1. Oh Bron, sounds like a tough week. I wish for that same technology. I feel like I’ve read something about this actually happening. I will see if I can locate it. Maybe it was a dream. But maybe not!

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  2. I love this post Kara. And that’s a fabulous pic! I’d be more than happy with Bron’s picks! But I’d also love for everyone to have the power to see past a disability and see the person. My greatest wish these days is for a future where my child will never face being patronised or condescended to. Now he’s a bit older, he’s craving not being ‘different’ and in so many ways that has nothing to do with how he speaks or gets about but rather with how he’s treated by others.

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    1. Thanks so much for your thoughts. Do you think inclusion in school helps with how’s he’s treated by others? Or do you mean ultimately in the community? Dan Habib (including Samuel documentary) just did a Tedx talk about schools and segregation and I believe at my core that this is so negative for society as a whole. But so much has to change to make it happen.

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  3. Integration into the TDSB could stand for improvements… My daughter will be best supported in an ISP class but there are only a few schools across the board that offer this. She and her twin want desperately to go to school together as they have been apart for the last 3 years… We have yet to be offered a school but have been told that our home school would not be able to give her what she needs. Integration to me should not be only at a handful of schools. Kids with special needs should be able to attend schools in their own communities with their siblings and neighbours. I have been on a letter writing campaign but not getting much response so far. Very frustrating! Need people in my corner! Dreading the day I have to break the news to my girls…

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