Almost every person in every society around the world has been touched in some way by a person living with disability. Fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, extended families, and friends – all have been impacted by the life of someone with a developmental or intellectual disability.
Helping people with disabilities is our passion. Working with these individuals has changed our lives in so many ways. And we want to show others just how amazing they really are. That is the motivation behind all the work you will find featured on this website.
People with disabilities are often thought to be different from the rest of us. They’re not. They have hopes and dreams just like you and me, but their futures are often molded by the attitudes and perceptions we have about them. If we don’t change our way of thinking, then nothing will change. In spite of international laws and policies, many people with disabilities still find themselves pushed to the margins of our societies. And almost all encounter prejudice, bullying, insensitive treatment, and discrimination. These attitudes and actions cause their world to become smaller. Their opportunities become more limited, and, ultimately, they withdraw from the wider community.
That’s not acceptable – and that has to change. We can think of no better time than now to confront these attitudes in a positive way and jump-start the change that can make a difference in their lives.
As a global society, it is time for all of us to start appreciating what they can do and stop focusing on what we believe they can’t do.
Powerful Medicine: Simply MagicThis short documentary allows some extraordinary people with different abilities to tell their stories in a compassionate and captivating way. Their experiences can move us one step closer to transforming our attitudes and fostering hope.
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More Alike Than DifferentThis film is in the early stages of development. It will focus on the amazing abilities of individuals on the autism spectrum. To find out more information about Spencer’s work with children on the spectrum, you can download this article from INSIDE AUTISM magazine.
I believe part of the process that will lead to meaningful change is to provide a platform for disabled people to tell their stories in a compassionate and captivating way. Their experiences can move all of us one step closer to transforming attitudes and fostering hope. Without this change, there is little chance for those living with disability to improve their struggle and find relevance in the community at large.
If you agree that we can’t stay where we are on this issue, then I hope you’ll be a part of looking for a better way forward. And there are things you can do right now to help raise awareness, starting in your own circle of friends.