I’d like to start with a quote:
“All of these stories make me who I am. But to insist on only the negative stories is to flatten my experience and to overlook the many other stories that formed me. The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.
I've always felt that it is impossible to engage properly with a place or a person without engaging with all
of the stories of that place and that person. The consequence of the single story is this: It robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult. It emphasizes how we are different rather than how we are similar.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Parents, caregivers, anyone and everyone that comes in contact with a child on the spectrum.
Remember, their diagnosis does not define who they are.
We would be wise to remember that.
As those responsible for leading the effort in creating an independent and fulfilling future for children on the spectrum, let us offer just a bit more of ourselves.
Helping every child on the spectrum tell THEIR story is a noble pursuit.
One we should all be mutually invested in.
I’d like to share one more quote:
“Do not internalize the industrial model. You are not one of the myriad interchangeable pieces, but a
unique human being, and if you’ve got something to say, say it, and think well of yourself while you’re
learning to say it better.” – David Mamet
I would invite everyone to live by this mantra.
Embrace your child’s story. Embrace your own. Share your story and you’ll be happily surprised at the
response you get back.
At myHana, we’re here to help your voice be heard.