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Opportunity Community Ability: A Special Place for Special Needs

Opportunity Community Ability: A Special Place for Special Needs

How would you feel if you didn’t have the opportunity to show your ability within the community?

People with special needs often tend to feel this way.

Fortunately, Opportunity Community Ability, or OCA, is an organization which gives children and adults with developmental disabilities a place to grow, develop, and be accepted, while teaching them how to adjust within the community.

OCA was founded in 2009 by Silvia Haas along with family, teachers, and therapists, when Silvia’s son, Matthew, was diagnosed with autism.

The following are three takeaways from the video:

  • OCA is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization located in Orlando, FL.
  • OCA’s mission: “OCA enables individuals and families with autism or other disabilities the Opportunity to maximize their Abilities through functional, behavioral, social, recreational, and vocational programs and to live within the Community.”
  • OCA’s values: OCA strives to be “a place where every individual is accepted and understood for their abilities and possibilities by providing an opportunity to achieve, contribute, and grow in the community.”

Please visit OCA’s website for more information about the organization.

How You See People With Disabilities

How You See People With Disabilities

How do you feel when you see someone roll by in a wheelchair?

Now imagine if that was you.

How would you feel, knowing that people see you in a different light just because you are in a wheelchair?  People with disabilities know how we feel when we see them.

This publication promotes a video PSA shared in an article by Huffington Post in which people with varying kinds of disabilities talk about what it is like to have their disability and how people react to their disability. The following are the three takeaways from the video:

  • Society does not correlate disability and being attractive
  • A person is not their ability
  • Over a billion people globally live with some form of disability

This video promotes the acceptance of people with disabilities in society. The PSA shows real people with real disabilities talking about their everyday experiences. In promoting special needs, the video also promotes our current client, OCA, an organization who “enables individuals and families with autism or other disabilities the opportunity to maximize their abilities through functional, behavioral, social, recreational and vocational programs to live within the community.”

3 Things People With Developmental Disabilities Want You to Know

3 Things People With Developmental Disabilities Want You to Know

 

According to the Center for Disease Control, developmental disabilities are “a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. About one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays.”

The purposes of this publication is to help people better understand how treat people with developmental disabilities that way those with the disabilities can feel accepted and know that they have friends and support like everyone else. People with these different abilities are often treated differently because people don’t know how to act around them. This publication will shed light on this and how to best treat a person with a developmental disability.

The following are three things people with developmental disabilities want you to know:

  • People with developmental disabilities want to be accepted.
  • People with developmental disabilities are more similar to those without them than we realize.
  • Having a developmental disability means having different abilities, meaning that people with a developmental disability are just as capable as people without them, just in different ways.

For more information on developmental disabilities, please visit the following websites:

Medline Plus

The Mighty

Athens Council Board of Developmental Disabilities 

Faith Jegede Cole on What She Learned From Her Autistic Brothers in Surprisingly Relatable TED Talk

Faith Jegede Cole on What She Learned From Her Autistic Brothers in Surprisingly Relatable TED Talk

“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.