Speaking about Facing Challenges, Together
Have you ever been forced to move from somewhere easy and comfortable to somewhere demanding and fearful?
Giving opening and closing motivational keynotes at the Together We Can Conference was a privilege and a joy as I saw a community come together with the common goal of helping people with disabilities move from from the protected school environment to the open environment of living and working in the community. Working together, the community eliminates, or at least lessens, the fear factor.
Not only did the event provide the immediate opportunity for educators, families, support staff, guardians, etc to participate in informative, interesting and humorous workshops and keynotes, the event also gave people with disabilities and those supporting them ideas and specific techniques for working productively and living happily in the community.
The supportive family like atmosphere at the event warmed my heart. Like watching a video, I remembered the challenges and fears that faced me, a person with disabilities, as I first moved to do what I had grown up taking for granted and what so so many “normal people” currently take for granted.
The Joy of Rehabbing Together
The best part of the event, the part that justified any relevant inconvenience, was three fold:
- The first part was purchasing a beautiful handmade necklace from this booth a young lady with disabilities was running.
- The second part came when I saw the sincerity in my soul mate Bonnie’s face when I gave it to her and she said she loved it.
- The final part came when I finished the day’s second keynote and saw event organizers rise to their feet applauding and appreciating what I shared.
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