Great Quote About the Handicapped

Friday, June 15, 2007

"Is it not possible to look beyond the canes, the wheelchairs, the braces, and the crutches into the hearts of the people who have need of these aids? They are human beings and want only to be treated as ordinary people.

They may appear different, move awkwardly, and speak haltingly, but they have the same feelings. They laugh, they cry, they know discouragement and hope. They do not want to be shunned.

They want to be loved for what they are inside, without any prejudice for their impairment. Can there not be more tolerance for differences—differences in capacity, differences in body and in mind?

Those who are close to the handicapped can frequently feel the nobility of the spirits who are confined in differently shaped bodies or who have crippled minds. "

James E. Faust, “The Works of God,” Ensign, Nov 1984, 54


  1. This is a really great quote. I am so glad I go to read it and see that perspective..good reminder of how to treat others.

  2. To Erika, Bryce and Caroline,
    I was searching for Baby sign language and came across your blog. My daughter was born with Cerebral Palsy with resultant speech and motor deficits and later vision deficit. As her older brother was always ahead of the developmental charts, her slow growth was more obvious, at least to me. Doctors said her premature birth was the problem and she only needed to grow. Shortly before her 2nd birthday, she was finally diagnosed with the above and started therapy at Children's Hospital here in Calgary. With my husband away at school, I learned to juggle therapy, an 8 y.o. and Nursing School, while learning Sign Language so Graeme and I could communicate with his sister[she did not start to speak until after four].
    There was a story that a therapist gave me, those many years ago... A couple studied hard learning the language and customs of Italy for their dream vacation. They were so excited when the time came for their trip and they eagerly boarded the plane. They spoke of nothing else on the flight; the places they would visit, the new language they would hear, the foods they would try! The plane landed and as they were gathering their coats, the pilot said "Welcome to Holland". They stepped off into a brand new world of which they had no experience.
    I can not tell you how sad I was or how scared when I was told my beautiful daughter Caitlin would never walk or talk, but I, like you was determined that she would have the best therapy I could give her. I have fought through the years and cried many tears to give her a 'level playing field' so others would see what she could do, not see her disabilities. Caitlin is now 20 y.o., a beautiful young woman with waist length red hair and planning on attending college next year, one course at a time. She can walk(slowly with braces), talk(sometimes we have to stop her chatter)and reads voraciously.
    My children and I have been a single parent family since she was three, so it was not always an easy go. We could not have made it without the help of our Ward family(we joined the Church in 1994) as my family was over 1700 km away, and our belief that Heavenly Father only gives us what we can bear. It has made me stronger in myself, given me much patience, taught me to be organized and I am never bored with life. My son, now 26, is more compassionate than others his age. My daughter has learned to live in a regular world and sees her disabilities as part of her personality just like her infectious smile.
    While I can not fully understand your life, I can empathize with your hopes, dreams, fears and frustrations. Caroline knew her life would be hard before she came here, but I also believe that Heavenly Father knew that you and Bryce would be the perfect parents to take this unexpected trip with her.
    I wish you the best and I will return to see how Caroline and her family have grown.


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