Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hello, My Name Is....

An incredible Dad that I know through Facebook published a picture yesterday of a business card he ordered for his severely disabled daughter. Here it is:

We've all dealt with the stares from people who don't understand or are curious about our children with significant needs. According to this dad, Roy:

"The card does two things. There's an icebreaker to remove that awkward feeling when people first meet a disabled person and an easy and private way to learn all they want to know. The website also gives them several ways to stay in touch."

And he provides an example from something he personally experienced:

"At the grocery store there were two young girls who were quite curious about Emma. The mother, however, was embarrassed by her daughters and tried to quiet them. I gave them the card and that's all it took for mom to get on board too."

What do you think of this idea? I'm liking it...a lot. Do you think it might help educate and raise awareness? Would you be comfortable handing out such a card to strangers?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think it's a great idea. Emma's card is humorous, factual and respectful of her dignity. Having the link to the website lets people learn more about cerebral palsy and Emma's day-to-day life. All that is good for taking the fear out of meeting up with someone with a disability.
I'm especially glad the card contains no religious sentiment or Bible verses. I have nothing against religion but I detest it being foisted on me.