Look, I get it. If you don’t spend time around someone with an intellectual or physical disability, you might think they are special little snowflakes that have to be treated with kid gloves. Or you may think they are like little children, regardless of their age, who should be spoken to in the sing-song cooing voice we normally reserve for infants and toddlers. Or you might believe that they have nothing to contribute – to a conversation, to a classroom, to a club or to our community – and simply ignore them all together. Worse than even these, you may feel pity for them. So let me clue you into something important.
PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ARE JUST LIKE YOU.
They have thoughts and opinions, just like you.
They have nuanced and important relationships with other people, just like you.
They fall in love and get their hearts broken, just like you.
They want to feel a sense of purpose; they want to matter to others, just like you.
They are wickedly funny, just like you.
They like to go to church, or not, just like you. They are voters and activists, or not, just like you. They drink alcohol, or not, just like you.
They have dreams and aspirations, disappointments and achievements, friends and enemies, just like you.
Help me erase stereotypes and open doors by liking the Just Like You Hsv page on Facebook. My goal is for this page to reach 5000 likes. Click here to like – and please share – the page!
And if you have pictures of a friend or family member with special needs, share them on the page and tell us how they are just like everyone else. Let’s show the world that people with special needs are only limited by the labels we choose to give them!
Just Like You Huntsville can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/justlikeyouhsv/