“And in fact, because their minds don’t fit into society’s version of normal, they’re often bypassed and misunderstood.”
London, UK (April 2012) – Faith Jegede Cole tells us the surprisingly relatable story about her experience as the sister of two autistic boys. As Jegede describes her interactions with her brothers, she reminds us that we all pursue normality, but this pursuit may be “the ultimate sacrifice of potential.” Jegede states that “the chance for greatness, for progress and for change dies the moment we try to be like someone else.” This pursuit resonates with the general public, as we tend to spend most of our time acting “normal” to fit into society. When Jegede describes one of her brothers as never having told a lie, and the other as having “a pure and innocent nature, a boy who saw the world without prejudice,” “normal” does not sound so good anymore. Watch the above video to learn more about what it is to have a developmental disability, what it means to not be “normal,” but to be extraordinary.