Date: April 5, 2012
March is Disability Awareness Month and April is Autism Awareness Month. In this ChoralNet Community--Friends of Joyful Noise--I know you are aware of disability and autism. Most of you are interested in disability for your own reasons, whether you work with those with challenges or have a family member with a disability or you are interested because the populations fascinate you or you compose music for our kids--any of a number of reasons.
I would challenge you this month--in observance of Autism Awareness Month and of all disabilities--to think about how your life has changed because of your interest--whether personal or professional. Share with us this month and tell us how your life has changed.
I know I am a better person because of my son. I'm more patient and willing to try different things to get my students and choirs to learn what I try to teach them in rehearsals. I'm more willing to give people the benefit of the doubt and....I've learned even those with disabilities have their own taste and own opinions about a LOT of things, just like anyone else.