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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.
“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.'”
“Every father deserves to know what will become of his child once he is no longer able to provide for their needs anymore.
“We have services now but we pay for everything out of pocket. ”
“I can’t even remember how long we have been on the waiting list. During that time life has just been so hard. I worry all the time.
“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.”
“If the general public only understood that with training and minimal assistance a blind person can live a full life, things would be so much easier for us. It's the attitudes we encounter that make our success more difficult than it should be.
“Anything that I can do to make Christian's life better, I want to do.”
“The key to acceptance is a willingness to be present with Jake, to join Jake on his terms.
“If it doesn’t seem right, I don’t care who’s telling you, if it’s not right, you make it right. You have to make it work. You do whatever you need to do. You need to always understand what your rights are and what your child's rights are, or else you may
get short changed.”
“In the community and their social circles, Angie feels that Jesse is generally accepted. They are well-supported through their church community and by other homeschooling families who take all three children to home school PE so Angie has a few hours free.
“Being the parent of children without autism, Tree challenged everything I knew of behavior, understanding, discipline, and development in children.”
“Our life is all about therapies, not play- dates.”
“Sharmane is 38 now, and I would love to take her back to those doctors and nurses who told me she wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything, and show them how wrong they were!”
“If my son had been in a regular school system…he might be able to do some things he can’t do now.”
“My basic hope and prayer is that I outlive my son.”