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CREATING A COMMUNITY FOR YOUR CHILD

DISABLED PERSONS have equal access to all public places guaranteed under the Americans with Disabilities Act. We aren’t locking all disabled persons away anymore. Yet when I take my son out in public and everyone stares, I find myself looking around and wondering, ‘‘Where are his peers?’’ He is often the only developmentally disabled person we see in restaurants, various types of stores, and even our church.

Taking our complex children out in the community can be hard work. Just getting out the door can be exhausting. If your child is loud or disruptive, the public can be vicious. The question of whether it is worth the bother is always in the forefront.

It is natural to want our disabled children ...

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