The latest disability blog carnival is on what professionals should know about disability.
Well, my personal view is that they should know a lot.
Here is my top ten points (Letterman style):-
10. A person has a condition, not is the condition. Moo doesn’t have special needs, he has additional needs.
9. My time is just as important as your time. I don’t have all day to sit around and wait for you. Just because Moo has a disability, does not mean that we do not have a life.
8. My son doesn’t have to like you. Chances are, he won’t or he doesn’t. That’s okay, cause neither do I.
7. If you speak slowly and in a loud voice to Moo, chances are that he will speak slowly and in a loud voice back.
6. An appointment with Moo every six months for 5 minutes does not make you an expert on Moo’s body.
5. I don’t have a medical degree.
4. Just because you say that Moo won’t do things, doesn’t mean that he won’t. Doctors/health professionals can be wrong.
3. Therapy is not the most important thing in our lives.
2. Walking is over-rated.
1. You charge too much.
Activevoice1 has some more to add to my list – you can find her list here.