From the Editor:
By Vicki Leeper
I have a problem with the words “special needs”.These words only exist so that people don’t have to say the word “disability.” It allows non-disabled people, to avoid describing people, generally children, as having a disability — because they view disability as something bad. But disability is not inherently bad. It’s a natural part of being human. Saying “special needs” when you mean
“disability” denigrates part of a person’s identity. People think saying special needs helps with low self-esteem, and may stop bullying. The fact is one in four Americans has a disability, and everyone who lives long enough will develop one. Normalizing disability, like being left handed, is the best way to move forward. Disability is a neutral, factual word that does not need to be replaced by anything. After all, who among us really wants to ride the “special” bus.
Quotes to make you think!
“At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication.” ~ Carrie Fisher, true heroine for rebelling against the stigma of bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions.