Thursday, January 17, 2008

Autism: something to Rap about - LISTEN!

Cause Way Thursday
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Most of us know or have encountered special needs people. They are around us in all different kinds of circumstances. Talk to them and their families. Learn the issues. Help their cause.
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'CLICK' on the above > and listen closely
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For more information on autism, go to "Autism Speaks".
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4 comments:

Miss Emily said...

Hmm. Interesting. I like the intent, that they're trying to raise awareness and kindness. But... it seemed like a bit like pity, though, and I'm not down with calling them less fortunate.

People often ask me if it troubles me, working with my students, or if it makes me question God. But their disability never bothers me (unless it's a terminal thing like MD or MS, I do get sad when kids die too young). They should never be pitied or looked down upon or condescended to. We all have varying degrees of abilities and lack thereof. I am sad because I hate seeing kids frustrated or teased, but for example, I don't wish Clayton was "normal" and didn't have autism so he could be less frustrated. I just wish I could find a way to teach him better.

Not that YOU specifically do this, I'm just saying.

I'm glad to see you encouraging other people to be informed. And Autism Speaks is a great resource. I highly recommend it. They explain important terms in readable language. Way to go.

I'm NOT trying to rain on your parade. I love raising awareness. I just got a pity vibe from the video and thought I'd add my two cents.

uncle jim said...

Your point is valid. Many / most / some 'drives' to raise awareness do rely on the 'pity' factor - it works with many people to get them to hopefully look deeper. Your experience with all kinds of severe situations gives you a leg-p on most of us. Thanks.

Thomas Duddy said...

That was cool, good to see some wholesome rap. I'm interested in finding worthwhile rap.

uncle jim said...

tom,
i hope you find more good rap to which you can listen - as a genre, it seems deficient in modeling the Phil 4:8 approach to life.