17 Jul Love and independence for atypical people!
All around the world, in every culture and since we are little kids, we hear lots and lots of love stories. Whether we are talking about poems, songs, paintings or books, we “see” and “hear” love almost every day of our lives. It is, therefore, a known fact that the love culture is embedded into out society. For this, little children dream to become princes and princesses and find love. However, some of them can only dream about it!
They say love conquers them all, and that it always finds a way. But is this true?
For disabled people, finding love is not an easy task. Not because they are not “lovable” people, but because of stereotypes and stigmatization. As they often are not welcomed and are treated poorly by others, it is difficult for them to meet their match. Many times, people are under the impression that being in a relationship with a disabled person means being their caregiver. One could, of course, be so, but it is mostly up to both partners to decide. For example, many opt for hiring outside help to take care of one’s needs, and usually function like a typical couple.
Regardless, people fear the judgement of others, so they often do not even give a chance to these kind and loving souls. Filled with love, most disabled people make great partners and companions, as they are empathetic people. Of course, this is the case of a typical-atypical person couple. The situation differs when we are talking about relationships where both people are atypical.
This week, news about the longest married down Syndrome couple broke. Maryanne and Tommy Pilling have been married for a long time and are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this year. The British couple has previously been on the news, as they are one of the few completely independent down Syndrome couples.
This news was extremely interesting for us, at CONIL, as it is proof that with the right education, atypical children can grow into independent adults, adapted to the society they live in. Of course, the treatment of disabled people in the United Kingdom differs from the one in Romania. For this, we are fighting to change the environment disabled children grow up in.
With CONIL’s help, we can build a society without stigmatization, in which atypical and typical people can live in harmony. Our goal is to help special needs children grow and develop, to maximize their chance of success. Therefore, we are striving to help them further their intellectual knowledge, as well as their emotional intelligence.
At CONIL, we believe that everybody deserves a chance to grow, to learn and to love!