Great words out of the blog-o-sphere
Originally posted on affectiveliving:
It’s 4 a.m. I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep. But, I can’t. Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain. Why? Because I am stressed about my students. Really stressed. I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.
This is what students really need to hear:
First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself. And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…
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Purpose: l’m am on the move to find those that have received labels, or diagnoses of some of developmental disability, and have actually made it into their greatest strength.
Goal: To take the stories of those that have had to overcome great adversity due to a diagnosis, and find common elements in their story in an effort to launch a company that specializes in placing them with high quality jobs they can perform better than those without a disability. I will be posting regularly on my blog of people I encounter, and what they did to find their niche.
Thoughts: Unemployment has in recent years been a dinner table topic of discussion for a number of years, but what about those on the spectrum are more than likely unable to find full-time meaningful employment? “Approximately one in 88 people are on the autism spectrum. Most have a milder form known as Asperger Syndrome (AS). Although people with AS are usually highly intelligent and gifted it is thought that over 85% are without full-time employment.” According to the census “…individuals with disabilities experienced an unemployment rate nearly 90% higher than people with no disabilities…according to non-seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”
I know that I am not the only person out there that received a label from a doctor or counselor that could be paralyzing, but instead shattered the label presented to them to cultivate a future they can be excited about.
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