Published on November 11th, 2013 | by mpower
Is It Bad to Give Kids and Teens With Disabilities Special Sports Treatment?
Huffington Post 11.4.13
Here is the debate: Should an individual with special needs be put into the game, often times after just being the water boy for years, to score and honorary point or touchdown?
There are arguments for both sides. Here is one individuals point for not encouraging this type of behavior.
“At the heart of it, I’m concerned that people see these stories mostly as instances of goodwill and kindness, ways to make the lives of seemingly unfortunate kids just a little better and give them a moment of glory. It’s like the scoreboard might as well be flashing “AWWWWW….” This is the opposite of what I wish for my son, Max, and other kids with special needs: For people to see their abilities and the ways they are like other kids. For people not to pity them. For people to include them… regularly so.”