If you are an avid news watcher or merely follow the water cooler talks, you most surely have heard the story about Akian.
I have watched this video a couple of times, as snippets in news coverage and such. Each time I find my mind heading in yet another direction: as a parent I cannot imagine such an event happening to my child. I wonder if it greatens when your child has a disability? Would I be content with an apology? I find my mind tossing on my employer hat and thinking could this happen in my agency, town? Knowing a little on how HR operates, how easy it is for other’s to judge without knowing the rules/laws. How would I feel as the boss who did not know this was occurring? A whirlwind of other thoughts rush over me, wonder if I have ever been audio taped, could I audio tape another person? Then I rush to my absolute intrigue with Autism specifically. I have always professed that people who are non verbal may very well (most likely do) under stand every word spoken. Did this teacher believe this or just not care? Or what if, just what if.. the video is not real?
Such an array of thoughts, so many stances that could be taken. At the end of the day it only reinforces the fact that as direct support professionals we are given such a responsibility when supporting people.
So take a moment and look at all those great DSP’s around you and say thank you.