by Guest Blogger, Ms. Chitra Paul
On May 29th, 2020 Keystone Institute India hosted an SRV study group entitled ‘Tis People that Matter, in which the challenges and possibilities of helping people with developmental disabilities establish freely-given, inclusive relationships with typical people were explored. Two articles formed the basis for our rich conversation, and the following thoughtful and instructive reflection and response was written by parent activist and change agent Chitra Paul.
Please enjoy reading about Chitra’s experiences using powerful and effective strategies to assist her 15 year old son, Tarun, to have friendships and relationships which provide such a great foundation now and in the future. For people with autism and other developmental disabilities, freely-given relationships with typical people have sometimes been very difficult to facilitate, given the stereotypes, marginalization, and downright oppression of many such people. Chitra helps us see that persistent, tried and true strategies can be effective in not only sparking genuine relationships, but have a strong positive impact on the mindsets held by others.
Read the article HERE– enjoy!