"We thought we'd have to teach our son about the world. Turns out we have to teach the world about our son. They see a boy who cannot speak. We see a miracle who doesn't need words." -unknown
Friday, October 10, 2014
Inclusion, Something I Struggle With
Noah has every right to be included in his world. But, it's something I struggle with sometimes. For an example: Our church has been doing a new program called 3G, it takes place of Sunday School. It is more like children's church, it is a great opportunity for kids to learn about God. I took Noah this last week, for the most part he seemed to enjoy all the fun around him.
What I struggle with: it sometimes feels like Noah doesn't fit in anywhere. Do teens his age really see him as one of them? Over the last couple of years, I've seen small changes on how Noah is accepted, but we have a long way to go.
When kids grow up with someone with a disability they see the person and not the disability. Noah's little cousins are a great example of that. They see him as the coolest kid in town and fight over who gets to sit beside him or who gets to push him.
Unlike the little girl who sat beside Noah during one of the games and kept moving her chair farther and farther away from him. It just hurts to see someone react that way to Noah and I wonder how much more I can do to help Noah to be included as well as accepted in his world.