Blind man offers music therapy to autistic children in Guangdong -
Blind man offers music therapy to autistic children in Guangdong.
Chen Weijian, who was born with congenital cataracts, teaches autistic children
Learn to play cricket - Special Olympics.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, it’s non-profit organization that handles the tests and your meal ticket to be certified ASL interpreter.
"…All the same, I like Helene and Claude, because they are…well, I don’t know how to put it…they have integrity. They are satisfied with their life, I think, at least they don’t play at being something they’re not. And they have Sophie. Sophie has Down syndrome. I’m not the sort who gets all sentimental around people with Down syndrome the way some people in my family do - they think it’s good manners, even Colombe joins in. The consensual script reads: they are handicapped but they are so endearing, so affectionate, so touching! Personally, I find Sophie’s presence somewhat hard to take: she drools, she cries out, gets moody, has her whims and doesn’t understand anything. But that doesn’t mean I don’t admire Helene and Claude. They themselves admit that she is difficult and that it is a real ordeal to have a daughter with Down syndrome, but they love her and do a great job looking after her, I think."
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Positive news but I wish this story wasn’t so unusual that it makes headlines around the world. I also wish they hadn’t used the term ‘wheelchair-bound’ in the original article.
A great many disabilities are invisible to the outside world, meaning you might look at a disabled person and never have any idea that they had a disability, even one that has an extreme impact on their lives and mobility. — Lesley Kinzel [http://www.xojane.com/issues/elevator-shaming-why-pro-stairs-health-campaigns-kind-of-suck] (via shitabelistssay)
Afghan Border, Kandahar, Afghanistan, A father talks with his son.
Follow this link to find a short video and analysis of how discourses on disability are being disrupted but don’t go nearly far enough.
Photo credit: Steve McCurry - Official Page
My cane and the one ring. Clearly I’m the coolest person at Walmart ;)
Not all disabilities and chronic illnesses show on the outside.
I contracted polio when I was fourteen. I had a serious fever, and within 24 hours, I was paralyzed and in an iron lung. Within earshot, my mother asked the doctor whether I would live or die. “You should hope he dies, because if he lives, he’ll be no more than a vegetable for the rest of his life. How would you like to live in an iron lung 24 hours a day?” So I decided to be an artichoke…a little prickly on the outside but with a big heart. You know, the vegetables of the world are uniting, and we’re not going away! —
Ed Roberts, Highlights from Speeches by Ed Roberts
How little things change.