“As parents, because we want to protect them so much, we are typically the first ones who treat them poorly by subconsciously denying them the right to have a “normal” life.”
Monica’s Mom, in reference to attitudes towards people with disabilities.
If you are the parent of a child with special needs, I dare you to read that without feeling like you took a bowling ball to the gut. This woman has been parenting a child with Downs for 35+ years. She knows the complexities of the whole special needs school debate. She lives the debate. So, as I sit around feeling mopey because I cannot manage to find the “perfect” kindergarten option for my kiddo and his specific challenges, this statement serves as a much needed gut check.
Maybe the schools aren’t the problem.
Maybe I am.
I urge you to watch Monica & David, especially if you know or love somebody with these kinds of challenges. It is, in a word, uplifting, and serves as a poignant reminder that everybody just wants to be loved. in fact, I think it should be required watching for SN parents, but then I’m weird like that.