Disability: how functional is your child?

Disability: how functional is your child?

Among the parents, this question was asked. Some kept quiet. I would like to illustrate some extreme examples here.

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Examples of low functionality may include catatonia and coma. Most activities of daily living (ADL) need to be attended to. This may include breathing, feeding, cleaning them up, or moving their limbs.


And here are a few highly functional people. Being differently-abled does not stop them from excelling.

John Forbes Nash Jr. (June 13, 1928- May 23, 2015) was a devoted mathematician. He received the 1994 Nobel Prize in economics. John Nash struggled with schizophrenia.

U.S. gymnast, Simone Biles, swimmer Michael Phelps, tennis star Naomi Osaka, are elite athletes. They have spoken publicly about mental health struggles.


So, how functional is your special child?



  1. The Michael Phelps example always motivates me. He struggled with ADHD since childhood but his mom recognized that early on and supported him. Look at how he turned out. There is always reason to feel hopeful and to work and to push our children to reach their potential.

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