Friday, July 4, 2014
The Special-Needs Declaration of Independence
A Declaration of Independence
Of the united people of the special-needs community
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for special-needs families to dissolve the notions which have frustrated and bewildered them, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes for which they are declaring their independence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all special-needs families are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness just like typical families.
Whereas, we the people of the special-needs community in these united states do hereby declare our independence from the stares, comments, negative perceptions, guilt and blame put on us by others.
No longer will we accept isolation, seclusion, or bitterness. We will put aside those notions and live freely as all men and women are entitled by their Creator. We declare our independence from the opinions, conclusions, and valuation placed on our children by the world.
We declare and maintain our rights to live a full life, filled with the pursuit of happiness and joy just like typical families.
We declare our independence from the world’s view that our children do not contribute much to society. We resolve to embrace our children as treasures of priceless value who contribute significantly to the world around us and to the lives of others.
We declare our independence further by asserting that all children are wonderfully made by their Creator with a plan and a purpose, and have a destiny to glorify God.
We declare our right to live without searching for blame, or assigning guilt. We assert that we as special-needs families are called and chosen by the Creator himself.
We declare our intention to establish our position in life with a determination to celebrate and embrace our uniqueness as families. We declare that our Creator has set us apart for this great cause.
We declare that all families, regardless of diagnosis or special needs, have unalienable rights to be liberated from negative thinking, feelings of poor self-worth, and lack of self-respect.
We declare our independence from placing any value, perceptions, definitions, or opinions about our children other than what their Creator himself has said. We resolve to believe his words that declare our children are made in his image, and that his power and glory can be on display in their lives.
Having no other redress, we the people of the special-needs community, united and in one accord, do solemnly publish and declare our independence from the world’s view.
From this day forward we will live lives without shame, lives that are full and complete, lives that honor the mighty calling for which we have been selected. We will proclaim our uniqueness boldly and by affirming and embracing what we bring to this world, by living proudly as special-needs families.
Therefore, today, July 4, 2014, we the special-needs community, united in one purpose and cause, do hereby declare this day as our Independence Day. All negative thinking and notions, judgment, whether by others, or by our own selves, about our children or our families, are hereby dissolved and no longer applicable from this day forward.
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our sacred honor, allegiance, and common purpose.
Resolved today by the representatives of the special-needs community in general congress at comfortinthemidstofchaos.com.
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Author of "No More Peanut Butter Sandwiches: a father, a son with special needs, and their journey with God."