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International Day of Acceptance

I am bogged down with emotion as I prepare for another meeting with Chloe’s school today. My heart, my resolve, and my brain are all very tired and stretched thin. I would love your prayers today if you think about us.

Today, January 20th, is International Day of Acceptance. I was going to attempt to write a wonderful post about what this day means to me and to my family this year. But, as I said, I’m a little emotionally-spent right at the moment.  But in re-reading my post from last year, I have to concur that that is what International Day of Acceptance means to us.  You can reread it here.  🙂

We all have our Wheelchair Heart t-shirts to wear today — even my dad has one to wear this year!

Today we are celebrating and embracing Zachary just the way he is … for it is his disabilities that make him who he is  … that make US what WE are.  And the more I can educate the people around us on his hidden disabilities, the more he will be accepted and embraced and empowered.  Really.

Today we celebrate Chloe just the way she is. . . for it is her disabilities that make her who she is.  She is a strong girl with a perseverance that just won’t stop.  She has a tender heart that has room to love a million more.  And the more I can educate the people around her the more she can live her life to the fullest without being held back or pitied.  For it is pity that will slam on the brakes to her success.

I wear my t-shirt proudly today.  I’m very proud to have Zach and Chloe in my life.  I’m very proud to be a part of the disability community.  I’m very proud to have many friends who live life with a disability.

Educate. Embrace. Empower.

(Again, read last year’s post here.)

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International Day of Acceptance

Tomorrow, Jan 20th, is the International Day of Acceptance.  International Day of Acceptance is sponsored by an organization called 3E Love.  The mission of 3E Love is “to create and market products and services that embrace living life no matter the obstacles, and by doing so, educate society and empower those with disabilities to love life.”

We have ordered t-shirts to wear.  I have a magnet for my car.  And Chloe is passing out sillybands to her class.  We are ready to observe the day.  We are ready to celebrate the day.

International Day of Acceptance is a day set aside to celebrate life — namely the lives of people with disabilities.

To accept people with disabilities.  To embrace them.  Not to wish that they were more like us.  Not to feel sorry for them.  Not to ignore their disability.  But to fully accept them and to fully accept their disability.  To embrace them exactly like they are — for it’s their disability that makes them the person they are.

To accept people with disabilities.  To embrace them.  Not to wish they fit into our world a little more easily.  Not even to help them adapt to our world.  But to embrace them so fully that we adapt our world to fit them.

To accept people with disabilities by educating those around you.  Some people need help to know how to accept others and to know how to accept others’ differences.  The more you are accepting and the more you talk about being accepting, the bigger the impact you can have on those around you.  People will learn by watching you accept people with disabilities, but they also need to hear your words and your thoughts about how and why you choose to accept others.

Accepting people with disabilities; thus, empowering people with disabilities.  If our community is totally accepting of my children, then my children are empowered to enjoy their life.  When people in our community adapt their world to fit my child exactly like she is, then she is empowered to excel right now today.  Not waiting on a cure.  Not waiting on a miracle.  Not waiting on another day when people are more comfortable with her, but she is empowered right now today to live her life to its fullest.

That’s what International Day of Acceptance means to me and to my family.

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