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A Thought on Social Distancing

For so many of us, it’s a new concept, staying six feet from everyone around us. But for many of our ECHO participants, being kept at a distance by others is what they have always experienced. Whether living in institutions isolated from the community at......

Barriers

This morning a small box turtle was on the side of the road in Sterling. He (or she) was facing the curb, and as most turtles are not climbers, a clear path to a safe place off the road was not evident at that moment.......

Giving Information

A young grade school girl comes home and asks her mother: “Mommy, where did I come from?” The mother is quite flustered and surprised that the inevitable question came so early in life. Having been asked though, she proceeds to “have the talk” as openly......

Socializing

It has been known for some time that in the absence of human contact, for a period of time, an infant will develop easily recognizable signs of developmental stress. If left unaddressed these stress symptoms can become quite severe and may manifest in anti-social behavior,......

A person with a disability not a disabled person…

I am a person with brown eyes – that doesn’t make me disabled; it’s a characteristic. You may be a person with red hair – that doesn’t make you disabled; it’s a characteristic. These are characteristics which make us easier to be identified and recognized.......