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“...actually receiving what I want, what I’ve asked for. It’s all the difference in the world.
“Stephen is confident that he will find a job, but one of his biggest concerns is being turned down simply because of his vision impairment.
“She describes public school as a place that she went, accomplished her tasks, and hurried home. Wistfully, she explained the isolation she felt through her lack of participation in extra-curricular activities.
“I don’t tell people I’m blind for starters. I don’t feel like it’s something they need to know. Type one people, when they do find out I’m blind, are just like, “Oh okay.” And then there’s type two, who instantly switch to baby mode, like I’m completely
“People clearly treated him differently, and at times, it was very frustrating for Alex because he knew he was the same person he was before his diagnosis.
“Un diferente cosa aquí en los Estados Unidos, es de los sordos están mejores que en de donde vive. Y por eso, no me ha regresado porque los sordos aquí son mucho mejores que en México. Y viven mucho mejor.
“My brother does get more attention, but it doesn’t like bug me as much because I know he’s special. But when I talk to his teachers they’ll be like, 'Well you have to treat him a little bit more normal because if not, he’s not going to get better.'”
“Pero aquí en esto grupo de apoyo puesto ayuda tener fortaleza para entenderlo para comprenderlo pero nos países de uno lo ven como algo y normal, no es normales entonces lo describen a uno raíslan.”
“Y él día de hoy, somos una familia como cualquiera, con una perspectiva diferente sobre niños especiales.
“En la diagnosticaron con autismo desde que lo pasó a tenía muchas terapias y ha progresado mucho.
“No one is ever going to tell you that they are not going to hire you because you have a disability, but...
“I look at my disability and still consider myself lucky. I could have had so many other problems, and I just thank God every day.”
“The main goal that Dena has set for Patrick is for him to become as self-sufficient as possible.
“Like any other teenager, she loves her family but eagerly awaits full independence.
“The one service [ABA] that has been deemed “optional” and thus not eligible for coverage is the one service most vital to Jackson’s progress.”
“Like many of us, Pam’s independence is the most important thing to her. ”
“Every father deserves to know what will become of his child once he is no longer able to provide for their needs anymore.
“If Seth had waiver services, everything would change. He would have something to look forward to and something to do.
“Debi says she is scared about what is going to happen when she is not around to care for Whitney.
“We have services now but we pay for everything out of pocket. ”