There is NO "ONE SOLUTION - FITS ALL"
As humans, it is no secret that we are complex. We all have very different experiences, even as brothers or sisters coming from the same family.
There are no two people identical to one another physically and/or mentally. Yet, it is astonishing to see how people with varying degrees of special or different needs are often treated exactly the same way.
In addition to being a contributor to The St. Anthony School (#TSAS), I’m also a mother of a child with different needs.
When my son received his diagnosis three years ago, my family and friends could not believe it. They said, “He looks fine; he just needs to learn manners.”
In the past, people would often say that Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, etc. didn’t exist, and that the children receiving special attention for said differences were merely spoiled. However, they are not seeing all the work and countless hours that parents, therapists, doctors, teachers, siblings, etc. are putting in to support that child and to help them succeed in life.
There are various associations and social media pages that have helped tremendously when it comes to spreading awareness, that are now working towards cultivating understanding. This attitude of inclusion is being reflected in schools, companies, law enforcement associations, and many more establishments. While there is still a long road to walk, we appreciate the major steps taken by many aiming to improve the circumstances for and better understand the special and different needs community.
The most important thing to understand is:
there is no “ONE SOLUTION - FITS ALL”!