Historically, people with disabilities have been regarded as individuals to be pitied, feared, or ignored. They have been portrayed as helpless victims, repulsive adversaries, heroic individuals overcoming tragedy, and charity cases who must depend on others for their well being and care.
Even today, media coverage frequently focuses on heartwarming features and inspirational stories that reinforce stereotypes that patronize individuals and underestimate their capabilities.
However, much has changed over the years. New laws, disability activism and advocacy, and expanded coverage of disability issues have helped to alter public awareness and knowledge and eliminate stereotypes and misrepresentations.
Still, old attitudes, experiences, and stereotypes die hard.
We believe in putting our families FIRST. It is important to realize the disability does not define a person.