Thank you for letting each of us know we are not alone advocating for inclusion and access in a more socially just world . That we’re not the only ones who realize that the most challenging thing about raising a child who has a disability has nothing to do with the child and everything to do with the way society treats disabled people. That fighting for accessibility and inclusion and fighting against prejudice and stereotypes are the real challenges.
Together we reject the “burden, pity, sainthood, and inspirational family” narrative that has dominated the mainstream media conversation. And, together we are taking control of the narrative of what it means to be a “special needs family”. It means that we are family and all of our members belong in our family and everywhere else.
Together we are teaching our children about the history of the Disability Rights Movement and they are learning that they are part of a powerful and strong disability community. Our children are growing up knowing that they have the right to demand access as they are nurtured and empowered as advocates.
Things have changed so much since we started Ollibean in 2010 and it’s only going to get better. Thank you for all that you do to make it happen.
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