The default reaction of pity and charity when it comes to special needs children needs to evolve to be inclusive by providing the same experiences for all children. Separation by ability takes us farther from a truly accepting and richer community. As we all live longer, there's a great chance that disability will impact our lives in some way. I think Torrie and her organization "Kids Included Together" who teach over 25,000 people a year, changing attitudes toward disability and providing best practices training using a blend of live workshops and innovative technology are role models of society.
As I learn the Anat Baniel Method and get closer to the completion of the basic training, I realize that Anat's approach is completely in line with this way of thinking. To see each child as a child not a special needs child. To start where they are and provide for them opportunities to discover their own abilities, not to fix them as they aren't broken.
This post has been festering with me for a while now. I havenít taken the time to slow down and put my thoughts together since the event that triggered it occurred. After a blizzard today and being snowed in this evening with no where to go, it allowed time to let my mind wander.
A girl I know from high school was in the local newspaper weeks ago claiming that there was no assistance to help buy her son a GPS tracking device. Her son has Down's Syndrome and over the holidays he had wandered off, leaving the entire family panicked until they found him.
Some of the comments make me question humanity and the type of society we are creating for one another. The fact that the province offered $1000 to fence her yard in, but wouldnít cover the $600 device leaves me baffled. Itís as though they are saying ďwe will help you keep your child locked away, but we wonít give you any comfort or ease your stress by assisting with a device that will give you peace of mind at the mall, at the school yard, on vacation etc. basically to continue to have a life less worried outside of your home.Ē
I feel for this mom. Even being biased, as I know she is a good person, I canít understand how people could criticize her for buying a Playstation instead of putting her money toward the device. This is a question a family without a special needs child never has to ever answer. They donít need to budget for assistive devices. Childrenís birthday gifts can be planned and purchased without guilt that there is something still required. As parents we care deeply that our children get every great experience every other child has the opportunity to have, and we carry the stress when there are more needs that canít always be met without support from others.
Iím disgraced at the response from our province, and those in our society who perpetuate greed instead of giving.
Coming up to a provincial election here in PEI, I challenge candidates to open their minds to imagine and help create a future society that we want to live in. A society where we truly care for others who have needs, special or not.
This performance brought me to tears. I just found another new role model. Watching Rika Usami go from 0 to 10 in one punch or block is absolutely amazing. I can see much more now in the way she is moving, generating power from her back and spine, and not the extremities. Doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman, this is how karate is done.
It still lists the Hybrid Vehicle incentive of $3000 off PST - which ended in April 2013 when HST was introduced. Now there's no incentive, not even a penny, to purchase a green vehicle. Saddening. These documents rather than being used as a guide for the future somehow become stale documents that point out how off course we end up.
I had to laugh that the doc said it was printed on recycled paper - but the designer left 5 empty pages at the end for notes. Sustainability and Design go hand in hand. Kind of silly that wasted printed paper oversight. Come on designers - be smarter than that!
I've decided to purchase a Prius. All those trips to California have got me thinking green. When I ran the numbers this evening, I'm hopeful that it's the right choice. The trend is higher gas prices year over year. In 5 years when the car is paid for entirely I can only guess what the price of gas will be. I'm going to guess $2 a litre. It's $1.32/L right now. As it stands now, when I work out my old payments along with the gas I purchase monthly compared to a slightly higher payment with a lower gas bill a month, I'm no farther ahead. It will cost about the same as the car I have now. I just feel better knowing that in 5 years I will have a car with much lower kilometres than the one I have now. But again, that's not factoring in any increase in gas prices, which makes it the right choice for the long run.
It's days like today where I miss my Dad the most. He could run the numbers and make sense of any bargain out there. I feel as though if he were still alive, he would be thinking the same things I am. If I have only half of his common sense, I will still be ok. I loved driving any new car I got out to see my Dad for the inspection. He would tell me on the phone before I even bought the car if it was a "piece of junk" or not based on his knowledge of engines and how hard it was to repair them. He did teach me well I suppose. I drove a hard bargain tonight at the car dealers.
Jill Bolte Taylor, Anat Baniel and Marcy Lindheimer
Yesterday was a wonderful day! I've gained so much insight listening to Jill Bolte Taylor and Anat Baniel chatting about the discovery Jill went through to recover from her stroke, and how that relates to the Anat Baniel Method.
Listening to Jill describe how it took her hours to understand the simple phrase "squeeze my hand" and what that means in the body and then have the doctors tell her that it was a reflexive response. It truly gave insight into the place you would find yourself if your brain was injured and you needed to re-learn everything. It sheds a whole new light into how current physical therapy is done, when it's focused on repetitions and moving muscles. It does nothing to upgrade your brain and nervous system to perform that action on your own.
I feel changed just listening to Jill and Anat. Jill's explanation of what it takes to get neurons online with other neurons in proximity to wake them up and connect parts of the body to bring them into the movement was so simple and clear. I have experienced this when I've changed physically doing Anat's movement lessons. Parts of my body appear to be woken up and come "online" to join the rest making it effortless movement.
Having a day like that in the presence of these amazing teachers makes it impossible to not be smarter and upgrade your brain and understanding of neuroplasticity. I feel so grateful.
If you haven't watched Jill's Ted Talk I recommend it.
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