"I've been thinking, pondering, wondering...how do I teach Eden that she is just like everyone else? That her disability does not define her? That she can do whatever she wants, based on her strengths? That everyone has strengths and weaknesses?
How do I teach others that she is a 'normal' kid? That she should be treated the same as everyone else? That she loves all the same things that the other kids like? That she wants to play too?
Then it hit me...she is NOT like everyone else.
If I fail to recognize and accept her differences...if I fail to recognize and embrace her many strengths, I am failing her. She is different. Just like everyone else."
- Billie, mother of Eden, a beautiful young woman with cerebral palsy and a good friend of ours. Eden informs several of our projects, including my senior capstone design project.
Quote from Understanding the NICU: What Parents of Preemies and other Hospitalized Newborns Need to Know by the American Academy of Pediatrics.