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Acceptance – pass it on

Throughout our lives we are told to be our brothers’ keepers, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, to show kindness and consideration to each other, the list goes on.

We are also encouraged to respect and treat with dignity those who are different and in this category we have the mentally, intellectually, physically and emotionally challenged, those who within the recent years are being referred to as the ‘special needs’ amongst us.

With special days and months dedicated to awareness of the autistic, those with Down syndrome, a physical disability or mentally challenged, I believe there is indeed a heightened awareness and a change in the attitude of the members of families and by extension the society, in how we treat with the differently abled among us. Even the language we use in referring to them is now more acceptable and shows that the awareness is bearing fruit.

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