Gifts at Changing The Present

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"The longer I live, the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it."

Charles Swindall

"The message I'll share...is that inclusion is extremely important for kids with and without disabilities."

Clay Aiken

"We know that equality of individual ability has never existed and never will, but we do insist that equality of opportunity still must be sought."

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."

Frederick Douglass

"The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life . . . the children; those who are in the twilight of life . . . the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life . . . the sick . . . the needy . . . and the disabled."

Hubert H. Humphrey

"Fall seven times; stand up eight."

Japanese proverb

"The more I read and the more I talked to other parents of children with disabilities and normal children, the more I found that feelings and emotions about children are very much the same in all families. The accident of illness or disability serves only to intensify feelings and emotions, not to change them."

Judith Weatherly

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

Mark Twain

"Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone."

Martina Navratilova

"It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no-one can see or understand, you exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and worst of all you know that you are not just stupid."

Susan Hampshire