March is the developmental disability awareness month!
Imagine being born with a disability. Would you strive and try as much as you can to lead a normal life or would you give up and stop trying?
Can you get the sense of courage and strength that children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities exhibit? The United Cerebral Palsy of New York City was created in 1946 by parents with children with cerebral palsy. People who understood that a disabled person does not necessarily have to depend on people for the remainder of their lives. This group has created a support group nationally, a network of people that share the same interest and same belief: that people with developmental disabilities are Human beings and have abilities that should not be ignored and stigmatized.
A few years ago, a very dear friend of mine lost her child. a young warrior that was not going to live long according to the doctors but who gave five years of joy and blessings to his mother, his familly and everyone who met him. Ray Ray is the one who thought me that it is not over until I put up a good fight and there shall be no regrets after I have tried everything I can. According to the World’s Health Organisation (WHO) depression is a common mental disorder that presents with depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. So if you wake up feeling sorry for yourself and having a pity party, and you want to snap out of it, read the UCP website and read stories like Amber and Haley’s. If you don’t like reading, go to youtube and watch all the strong and inspiring individuals featured on the UCP youtube channel. Find the strength in what we see as a weakness but what others have used as a source of strength and challenged their thoughts and behaviors. Find the inspiration in what all the amazing parents and people diagnosed of developmental disability do on an every day basis and be able to tell yourself that YES I CAN! SI YO PUEDO! OUI JE PEUX!