That's what a special education teacher said to me several years ago. At the time, I shook my head in agreement. Now, after spending a day with the families of those with disabilities, I wonder what in the world was she doing in the field of special education.
Here at the 30th anniversary of the Vantage Group families show their pride in their children's accomplishments. And they are closely bonded with each other. If they weathered emotional hard times those have been processed. And over.
The Vantage Group, based in North Haven, Connecticut, provides those parents some resources they couldn't have easily accessed elsewhere. For example, several of their children attending the celebration of the 30 years of service live in one of Vantage's five group homes. Others live in apartments, monitored by staff. A significant number hold jobs.
Compassion? The rest of us so-called "normies" should have the kind of caring bonds these families have. Also they might have had moments of fierce pride in their chldren's achievements that most parents will never have.