Reader comment on Dan Gottlieb's passage ...
On Jun 3, 2011 Retta wrote:|
I really like this. I work with adults with developmental disabilities, which means anything that occurs to make them disabled before the age of 22. (Usually its something that occurs at birth or shortly afterwards, but perhaps an automobile accident at 19 left him a quadraplegic, etc.)
The reason I am so good at what I do is that I HAVE to really listen. Sometimes the disability makes their speech difficult to hear/understand. Sometimes its almost like learning another language! But if you are truly attentive, you can understand what they are saying and then you can really and truly advocate for them. It's sometimes like being a translator.