Sunday, September 14, 2008


My apologies for no blogs recently. The problem has been that I've not known where to start and I'm also experiencing some post culture shock from being in South Africa. Two weeks ago I was at the IASSID (International Association for the Scientific Study for Intellectual DIsability). At the conference the PIMD special interest research group managed to pull together a pre-conference workshop and numerous symposiums specifically looking at people with profound intellectual disabilities. Now selecting what to share is difficult, so I thought I'd side-step and instead share some quotes from Nelson Mandela that are relevent to people with PIMD.
"We accord a person dignitiy by assuming that they are good, that they share human qualitites we ascribe to ourselves"
"People are human beings, produced by the society in which they live. You encourage people by seeing good in them"
"It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another"
"I am what I am both as a result of people who respected me and helped me, and those who did not respect me and treated me badly"