A Credo for support

Written and produced by Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift

 

4 Myths About People With Intellectual Disabilities — From Someone Who Has One

By Sean Adams

My name is Sean Adams. I was born with Down Syndrome, but I do not let that stop me from following and accomplishing my dreams.

At an early age, I was taught to always try my best at everything in life and never give up on my dreams even though I have a disability.

I am happy to be me and know that my God created me for a purpose. I want to show others with and without disabilities, that we all can live our lives to the fullest. I want the world to see everything the world says about individuals with disabilities is not always the truth.

Here are some myths about individuals with intellectual disabilities I want to share:

Myth: People with developmental disabilities live very different lives than people without disabilities.

Truth: We live our lives in more alike ways than different. We work, cook, clean, go to school and have friends like everyone else.

Myth: People with developmental disabilities who don’t live at home, live in institutions.

Truth: We have choices where to live. Everyone has needs that are different. We have to decide what works best for each individual person.

Myth: People with developmental disabilities do not have the same feelings as people without disabilities.

Truth: We have feelings just like those without disabilities. We feel anger, sadness, happiness, pain and excitement, just to mention a few.

Myth: People with development disabilities cannot make decisions.

Truth: We can make decisions when given the chance. I make my own decisions every day.

I was given the chance to follow one of my dreams to become an author. This was important to me because it gave me the chance to encourage others with developmental disabilities to find happiness in their lives. I wanted those without disabilities to see us as people, not as a disability and to show that we want to live our lives no different than those without disabilities; for others to learn to include us in communities, schools and all parts of life. We will surprise those without disabilities when given the chance.

We all have gifts and talents within us. We all should be allowed to let our gifts and talents shine. I hope and pray that what God has allowed my life to be will encourage, educate and spread happiness around the world.

Inspiration Porn and the Objectification of Disability: Stella Young at TEDxSydney 2014