Monday, February 8, 2010

Butterflies for Change


My friend who is a speech pathologist had the honor of attending a conference a few weeks ago.  At this conference Bridget Brown, a keynote motivational speaker, spoke about & promoted school inclusion for children with disabilities.  Bridget Brown is a 23 year-old woman with Down Syndrome.  She presents workshops designed for young adults with regards to person-centered planning, school inclusion, and managing the art of living (think day-to-day life skills like making change, doing laundry, etc).  She also works for the University of Illinois at the Chicago campus as a Dental Health Educator and assists her father in his dental office.  Bridget Brown embodies the "the Upside of Downs".  She shows that the sky is the limit and even that is questionable.  So maybe the stars are the limit?

The link below is her website: Butterflies for Change.  Take the extra 1 minute and 20 seconds to see her inspirational video.

http://butterfliesforchange.org/About_Us.html

Let us continue to advocate for children with disabilities and to encourage the school systems  to include and accommodate children with autism, Down Syndrome, and other disabilities.

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