- This is Caedmon and he's the reason this blog exists. He was born in 2004 and six months after, when we learned he had Cerebral Palsy, my family was immersed in a new culture. This foreign culture had always been around us, we just never really noticed. Now we notice, and I want you to notice too. This is the heart of this blog - to help all of us better understand the extraordinary special needs culture. More...
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Category Archives: Speaking of Normal
“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”
“I don’t care what’s wrong with her,” she said. “If she can’t behave like a normal kid then she shouldn’t be out in public with the rest of us. Maybe you should have her institutionalized if she can’t do any … Continue reading
When you have to try so hard to be normal, that means you’re not. Taken from “House Rules, by Jodi Picoult. Jacob is speaking, a teenager with Asperger’s.
The only kids who use the sensory break room are special needs, and walking through the door, I might as well just slap a big fat label on myself that says I’m not normal. Taken from “House Rules, by Jodi … Continue reading
“I’m pretty much useless: not Jacob’s parent, and not one of his teachers. I’m just here as the benchmark alternative, so that my mother can look from Jacob to me and measure the distance between an AS kid and a … Continue reading
“Don’t move – don’t even breathe.” Normal kids ignored the statement; a few Goody Two-shoes worked quietly at their desks. And me? I sat like a statue with my lungs on fire, until I was on the verge of passing … Continue reading
Disability – a physical or mental handicap, especially one that prevents a person from living a full, normal life or from holding a gainful job.
All of this means that human beings – because of their very nature or essence – ought to be treated with dignity, respect, and compassion – all of them, regardless of their age, race, gender, or ability to function “normally.” … Continue reading