Parenting - Special Needs | 0-18 yrs

Special Needs And The Associated Stigma

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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

― Plato

Society often looks at people with special needs with either disgust or pity. How did disability become a matter of social stigma? One can only imagine what trauma people with disabilities face or how much hard work parents of children with special needs do for simple tasks. Constant stares in public, people turning away from them in supermarket aisles, hush-hush conversations in the park where a special needs child plays with other children with no physical disabilities or intellectual disorders are quite common.

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” said R.J. Palacio in his book, Wonder (the main character in this book is a boy with a facial deformity. He experiences gawking and ridicule.)

Even in many developing countries the shame of disability is quite pronounced. Children with learning disorders are often kept secluded in the house without any education. In many parts of the word, special needs people are discriminated against or find themselves facing neglect and isolation.

According to an article in The Huffington Post, , ‘Moms of children with special needs don't want pity. They do want understanding. They would prefer that a fellow parent approach and ask a question about their child, rather than see her turn nervously away.’

There is no shame in disability. The stigma must be on the shameful way society treats people with disabilities.

For more on this subject, you can read our selection of articles in this ClipBook.

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