The Privileges of Adult Status

People with developmental disabilities deserve the same rights as adults in society, regardless of ability. Most people don’t have to earn the respect and privilege that comes from adult status. It is a product of living and comes without consent. For example, at the age of 18 or 19, it is your right to live on your own, sign a lease, buy a car, but most importantly, it is the freedom to live a life that you have always dreamed of. On the other hand, those who remain at home often have… Read More

The Community’s Role in Supporting People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The worst thing you can do for someone with an intellectual or developmental disability is to not hold them to the same standards we hold ourselves and others. I was at a grocery store the other day and asked for a bag of ice. The gentleman working there appeared to have a developmental or intellectual disability. Though I asked for a 20 pound bag, he brought me a 5 pound bag. It is easy and maybe natural to wonder if this mistake was related to a disability. It is common however, for… Read More