We as a society have come a long way thanks to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) passed by Congress in 1990, however, individuals with “Different Abilities” often continue to face challenges and are misunderstood by society.
As a parent of a daughter born with Spina bifida who is now 30 years old. I am thankful to have personally developed a sense of awareness in regards to individuals with disabilities by witnessing struggles she has faced, as well as various other individuals we have interacted with throughout the years.
The “language” of therapists is also an important factor to consider when seeking counseling for individuals with ID/DD and their families. For example, we often continue to hear the term “wheelchair bound” even among some professionals. Individuals who use wheelchairs would rather be referred to as just that. Someone who “uses a wheelchair” is a much more acceptable term and defines a person as an independent individual rather than being “bound” to an object. This is just one example of the importance of choosing a therapist who is multiculturally sensitive to the needs of individuals with “different abilities”.
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