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August 30, 2016 | North America: Canada

All lives are special

By Rosanne Brubacher

I can not believe how much society will segregate those who are special needs. It starts off right away as soon as they enter the school system.View Story ▼I am the mother of three beautiful young ladies. My oldest two daughters have been diagnosed with developmental delays. I can not believe how much society will segregate those who are special needs. It starts off right away as soon as they enter the school system. They are placed in a "special" class that is self contained so that the special needs students don't interact with the other students.Even at lunch time they eat in their classroom so they don't interact. This is absolutely appalling to me as it teaches our children they are not good enough to be around the other children. The school board makes these self contained classes sound like the best thing for the children as they are to teach them life skills so they are able to live on their own one day in the future. My two oldest went completely through the schools life skills program until they aged out at 21 yrs old. My daughters left school not knowing any life skills. I do not agree with this segregating of children.

About Rosanne Brubacher :I am the Mother of three young ladies.My oldest two are special needs.They were segregated in school and taught nothing.These children are able to learn too.Stop treating them differently!
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August 30, 2016 | Asia Pacific: Indonesia

Everyone is unique and special

By Chyntia Poedjokerto

Everyone is created differently. With different characteristic, different physically and different ability.View Story ▼Everyone is created differently. With different characteristic, different physically and different ability. No one should deserve to be called retarded when they are different. When we talk about different. What standard are we comparing with as everyone is different.

About Chyntia Poedjokerto:I am a parent coach of special needs children. Parents must focus on the child's ability instead of disability.
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August 19, 2016 | North America: Colorado

My Bestest Friend Orville Tacket

By SERENA DOORE

I lived in Lucasville, Ohio when I was a baby to 7 years old. My mom had a really hard time keeping me inside and out of the woods as soon as I started walking.View Story ▼I lived in Lucasville, Ohio when I was a baby to 7 years old. My mom had a really hard time keeping me inside and out of the woods as soon as I started walking. So our Neighbor Emma Tacket had a Son by the name of Orville. At the time he was labeled retarded. Well Orville took to watching us kids while we were outside and in the wood. He would take us for rides in our little red wagon. He saved my life by killing a rattle snake that was in the tire I was playing with; he moved me out of the way first. Some kids didn't like him but he was my best friend and hero. We moved to Portsmouth and I didn't see Orville again until I was 14 yrs old. He didn't remember my sister or brother but when he saw me he started clapping and jumping up and down. It made my heart and soul smile that he remembered me.

About SERENA DOORE:I have never used words like stupid, retard, dumb because I HATE THOSE WORDS WITH A PASSION.
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August 19, 2016 | North America: Southern California

Defeated by the R word

By Yvette Pople Patil

While growing up there was not a day or person who wouldn't call me the R word even my family called me and it defeated my strength and my zest for a brighter future.View Story ▼While growing up there was not a day or person who wouldn't call me the R word even my family called me and it defeated my strength and my zest for a brighter future.

About Yvette Pople Patil:I am 31 years old
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August 12, 2016 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

R word

By Ange

I live in Great Britain and many years ago the word commonly used for Down syndrome was "spastic" retarded was used as well.View Story ▼I live in Great Britain and many years ago the word commonly used for Down syndrome was "spastic" retarded was used as well. Finally in this modern world we refer to these types of conditions as special needs. I have a child with special needs he is autistic. In this country it is offensive to use words such as spastic or retarded although they are still heard but a lot less often.these offensive words and phrases are passed down from parent to child no child is born to hate or disrespect they are taught to hate and disrespect.

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