|Jammin at RicStar's Camp 2013.. Erik Taylor Photography. All rights reserved.|
I've been focused on special needs advocacy/writing/speaking/parenting for more than two decades. While much work remains, I also recognize just how far we've traveled.
Years ago, I often felt like a lone voice in the special-needs wilderness. Thank God I had the stellar examples of the Shriver family & Special Olympics, and that of Christopher and Dana Reeve to fuel me on during the roughest parenting days.
Like my son, they remain my heroes.
Today, when I see just how far we have come, all the voices that have joined mine, and the big progress that has been made for this population, I hyperventilate, in a good way. Years ago, I had some big mommy dreams and a huge commiment to righting some big wrongs.
I've seen many of those heartfelt dreams come true, but not enough. We must finally silence that question of whether or not those with exceptionalities, and their families, are worthy of our time, support, effort, resources and dollars.
They are, just like everybody else.
As long as I have a voice, I will always raise it to champion the dignity, equality, opportunities and rights of those with special needs, especially children. My life has been infinitely richer as a result of my son's unexpected special needs.
I won't rest until true equality and better life opportunities are assured for all those with exceptionalities, not a question of doubt and value.
How about you?
Want to make your life better? Serve others. Start with your own children and watch your impact grow. Your efforts will help create a brighter future for you, too.
That's worth every ounce of effort.