#NotSpecialNeeds just came out in time for World Down Syndrome Day and it is my favorite short of 2017. Watch it:
Their website has more articles and I’m really honored to be there as well, with my post on Special Needs/Disability. I was not expecting that, and to be associated with such a stellar project brings me deep joy.
Main points from the #NotSpecialNeeds campaign are:
- People with Down syndrome have human needs; not special
- Accommodation for disability isn’t a “special need”
- The words “special needs” segregates, excludes and stigmatizes; it’s not by and for people with disabilities (who largely consider “special needs” to be patronizing and condescending)
I couldn’t put it better.
Watch and share the video and site, please: this is a message that I’ve been waiting a long time for.
Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.