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The Word is Disabled

The Word is Disabled

That’s right we’re talking about that word again, disability, and other words honestly do not apply to the situation. I’m all for using different terms for children and teaching them to see their differences as a positive rather than a negative. I think of words like ‘differently abled’ the same as I do Santa. We know it’s not real, but why kill a child’s innocence when you can raise their self esteem instead. You on the other hand my grown up delicate little spring violets are disabled. I’d like to bring attention to some new terms I learned from the comments on a past blog that literally had me laughing until I cried. We also need to remember that the word ‘disabilities’ does not only apply to mobility issues, but also to illnesses, mental health, and neurological problems. Let’s face it. If it can’t be fixed it’s a disability. I know everyone is offended by something, but calm down, it’s a medical term. Read more

How We Are Raising Empowered Kids

How We Are Raising Empowered Kids

People often tell me that Luke and I are doing a great job raising our children given their disabilities. This is extremely insulting as a parent. My children are special as are all children. My children are not different, but they are children with unique needs as well as abilities. People ask how we have managed to raise respectful well behaved kids given their conditions and ours. We are a special family, not because of special needs, but because of a special love. I believe that having a disability or illness can make you appreciate every blessing in life more than before, and we all need to count our blessings. I also believe children are life’s biggest blessing and greatest teachers. Children are born innocent, without expectations, without hate, and without entitlement. You need very few things to raise empowered children and none of these things cost any money. You need love, determination, patience, and most importantly the ability to express your feelings. These things apply to all children! We have plans of raising Olivia with the same techniques as we have with both of our older daughters who happen to have special needs. Read more

Jenni Taylor Speaking

Showcasing “Abilities” While Having a Disability

The word disability might mean something different depending on who you ask. To me, I consider myself as having a disability but I’m not disabled. Although I have limitations due to my injury, I have abilities as well. I have the ability to speak my mind; the ability to choose the way I want to live my life. I have the ability to access whatever means it takes to show people that “I am me” despite my disability. It doesn’t define who I am as a person or individual. Read more