One of the common comments I get from parents of disabled
children Is that they are torn between trying to prepare their children to function
in the real world, and trying to just protect them from it. That’s very
understandable, but it ends up being fruitless. Yes, maybe you can provide for
their financial future, although that would be difficult in itself.
The real problem with trying to protect disabled kids is
that you would have to somehow shield them from realizing that society is
likely to never treat them fairly. In other words, the true pain of disabled people
in society is in recognizing how it treats them. If the child is at all
self-aware, he’s destined to notice sooner or later that it doesn’t
treat him fairly. You would have to practically hermetically seal him in a box just
so he doesn’t know what a society is. Alas, we are social creatures. We have
to basically socialize to function as humans. Thus, as the child grows up, he
will have to come to terms with society in some sense. That’s certainly not
easy for a disabled person to ever do, but what’s the alternative?
I’m not a big fan of religion so I don’t really
buy the idea of a Hereafter. I subscribe to William Shatner’s philosophy
instead (oh, don’t go there, just don’t! J). To paraphrase: this life is all we can really count on so
we might as well make the most of it. Something may happen with our
souls/spirits/whatevers, but we will no longer be who we are now. Notice the
ramifications of this. A disabled person may feel his or her life sucks, but that’s
all s/he gets so s/he might as well participate in life as much as possible. A point
may be reached where going on won’t be worthwhile for me for instance,
but my only option until then is to keep trying. The same thing applies for any
other disabled person whether he knows it or not. Yes, maybe life sucks. It isn’t
going to get any better, though, until you try.
And, to insert an obligatory plug here, Xpress-It certainly
makes trying a bit easier if you are speech impaired.
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