When I write about disability issues, I often focus on political problems. Politics is my gig, after all, so it’s normal for me to talk about the big structural problems in schools and government that prevent help from reaching people with disabilities. I usually focus on our personal struggles, because I hope by putting real faces on a disability story, I might convince others to care and bring about real change.
But sometimes, it’s important to step back from political advocacy and just talk parent to parent or parent to child, and recognize that despite all that is wrong with the system, the disabled people in our lives are very much loved and have enriched our lives beyond belief.
It’s Thanksgiving, so let’s count all the ways that we’re thankful.
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