The world of neurodiversity is so huge that it’s hard to cover all of the variations out there, and I always feel a bit guilty when a group goes largely ignored.
That seems to have happened with those with intellectual disabilities. It’s one of those situations where my own attentional and organizational issues butt in, and any ideas I have about featuring info about ID get pushed back.
Today, I’m trying to change that. Loretta Claiborne is a woman who has an intellectual disability who has been involved with the Special Olympics for years. I strongly urge my readers to watch this TEDx video of hers and start thinking about your preconceived notions of this type of disability.
As with most invisible disabilities, ID is portrayed in a very narrow way by the media, and kids born with it are shuffled out of view with the rest of us. As a result, they’re often bullied, treated poorly in the medical world, discriminated against and taken advantage of as adults.
It’s only through open minded interaction that we can all work together to make the world a better place for everyone.