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“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.
“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.'”
“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.”
“If Seth had waiver services, everything would change. He would have something to look forward to and something to do.
“I feel like if we got waiver services today it would be like being let out of prison.
“It’s overwhelming to go to the school, and feel like you have to get down on your hands and knees and beg for services you know your children should have.
“With him [Danny] being 55-years-old, it’s not like it was when he was born. Now, there’s help. There are programs and suggestions, but when he was born there was nothing.”
“Why can’t schools treat people with disabilities like they have a future?”
“After a certain point you say this is what we are. Let’s just be a family and let’s just live.”
“I don’t want to burden Joshua, but at the same time I want him to know he is a part of his success story.
“I am not a planner but my sister and my niece wish that I was since they might be guardians one day. I must plan for the future care of my daughters. This is very hard for me.
“It is easy to feel alone.”
“Anything that I can do to make Christian's life better, I want to do.”
“Sharmane’s IQ cannot predict how much she has been able to achieve and learn.”