Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that has captured the imaginations and hearts of people all around the world. His dream involved white children and black children (I’m sure he’d include any other colored child, too) having the opportunity to play together, to go to school together, and to live their lives and grow up together without segregation and prejudice getting in their way. I believe in that dream. As a child, I’d even believed that dream had come true, because I had the opportunity to live that dream.
Now, I have a similar dream. I dream of children of all colors, nationalities, religions, and abilities—especially abilities—getting the education they need, getting to play the ways they enjoy, and getting to live quality lives and grow up having opportunities without segregation and prejudice getting in their way.
I believe that people should be able to live, work, and play within their societies regardless of their abilities. I believe that many of the societies, including the most dominant world societies, exclude people with disabilities, both intentionally and unintentionally, by constructing social barriers that limit their opportunities and further limit their abilities. I believe we can change this. I’m determined to do it.
Right now, I’m learning how to create an organization that will impact the way we enable and disable the people in our society with neurological differences and disabilities. People like my children face incredible barriers that keep them from living, working, and playing with their peers. In time, I will create this organization, which is dedicated to changing that. This organization will cooperate with other organizations to create effective change for others as well.
If you want to help make this vision a reality, please contact me.