Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Double digits

Happy Birthday, Rachel!

Today we celebrate 10 years of Rachel's life, knowing we are not alone in savouring her smile and sharing the struggles that come with her needs.  Today is a sweet day for our Rachel as she celebrates ten years of life. Ten years of smiling, laughing, and tolerating the tough stuff. We love you, Ray-Ray... our little sunshine. 

a piece by Rachel, done with her hand on a helper's hand - and she grips tightly!

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Here are two videos that paint a bit of a picture of the journey we have been on since 2006. The first was made shortly after Rachel's birth ten years ago. The second was made last fall, a couple months after Rachel began at Beacon Christian School in the grade four class.

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CSIAmanda said...

Happy birthday Rachel!!

The video about Inclusion and a day at school for Rachel touched my heart. I am a Developmental Services Worker and I push for Inclusion in life in school in society. I have disabilities myself , mild but there and it was so nice to see

Ralph Pot said...

I'm glad you liked the video! Inclusion is such a buzz word these days that people forget how much work is truly involved to set it up and maintain it.Naturally,I suspect humans aren't so good with inclusion... we are often drawn "to our own kind." Inclusion reminds us that all people matter, all people count, however messy that might look at times. No one should sit on the periphery of normal unless they want to. :) spot

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Delaney said...

Happy belated birthday Rachel! So wonderful to see these videos of Rachel. They brought tears, and smiles. It is wonderful to hear how she has been embraced at Beacon!

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