In this article titled Serving Family Members Who Have Disabilities from Meridian Magazine, Daryl Hoole highlights three families and their experience having a child with a disability.
Below is a great quote from the article:
“When Brian was nine,” Carmen relates, “he and I went to California where he participated in some testing. On the way home the plane was delayed on the tarmac due to mechanical problems. Brian became extremely restless and irritable as we waited. He wanted the plane to ‘go.’ There was nothing I, as his mother, could do about his screaming tantrum, which caused the other passengers to be quite irate. So I stood up in the aisle and announced in a loud voice, ‘Ladies and gentleman, I’m sorry my son is disturbing you, but he has a neurological disorder and cannot help himself. Please be patient and understanding. If you’ll just ignore him and go back to reading your newspapers, he’ll soon settle down.’ Immediately their disgust turned to understanding and kindness. I realized, once again, that one’s judgment is no better than one’s information.
“There was plenty of embarrassment over public behavior, but no shame or secrecy. We tried to be open and honest with everyone. For Brian’s protection, we talked about him in the community. The Lord usually helps us and answers our prayers through other people. If they do not know about our needs how can they bless our lives? How can they help if they don’t understand?”