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Language and perceptions

The way people with disability are spoken to or perceived by society is often what limits people. It is not the disability itself, it is the way they are treated and spoken to.

Children are often curious and turn to their parents to ask about people with a disability.

The way the future generation perceives and reacts to disability depends on how we educate the younger generations now.

The father in the video overheard another father trying to explain to his child that Down syndrome was an “illness of not knowing anything”.  The father, didn’t say anything at the time, but wished he had.  The father explains that ‘Disabilities are perception’ and that “Just because you read slower or you don’t run as fast does not mean you have a disability to me”.